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ITU Connect Arab Summit, Doha 5-7 March


Geneva, 11 January 2012 – Journalists are invited to accredit now to attend ITU Connect Arab Summit, which takes place in Doha, Qatar from 5-7 March, 2012.

This important regional technology summit will bring together leaders from countries right across the Arabic speaking world, including Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Heads of Regulatory Authorities, CEOs and other senior leaders from industry, regional and international organizations.

It is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialized agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies (ICTs), in partnership with the League of Arab States. The State of Qatar is hosting the event under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

A draft event programme can be found at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/arabstates/programme.asp


ITU Connect Arab Summit


5-7 March, 2012


Sheraton Doha Hotel, Doha, Qatar


Top-level delegates will look at the evolving shape of ICT access across the region, and the prospects for the further development of ICT industry in the Arab-speaking world.

With a focus on public-private partnership, the Summit will see the announcement of a number of important ICT-based development commitments by government and industry. 

ITU will also launch the 2012 edition of its ICT Arab Indicators report, providing the latest, most-up-to-date region-wide snapshot of ICT development.


Heads of State, industry CEOs and ICT regulators from the Arab world and beyond.

The ITU Connect Arab Summit is the third in the series of high-level regional ITU Connect events. Previous summits included ITU Connect Africa which was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2007 and ITU Connect CIS, covering the Commonwealth of Independent States, which was held in Belarus in 2009.

Media accreditation

Journalists and industry analysts wishing to attend ITU Connect Arab Summit must be formally accredited.

To apply for accreditation, or for more information, visit www.itu.int/net/newsroom/connect/arab/2012/index.aspx. Accreditation formally closes at 17:00 CET, 28 February. There will be no accreditation onsite, and strictly no admittance to the venue without an event badge.

Journalists and analysts who have accredited for ITU Telecom, RA-2012 or WRC-2012 do not need to resubmit accreditation credentials, but still need to register at: www.itu.int/net/newsroom/connect/arab/2012/accreditation/procedure.aspx

For more information on the event, please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 6135
email sarah.parkes@itu.int
Zakaria Fawzi
tel +974 4499 5518
email  zfawzi@ict.gov.qa

Media accreditation enquiries:

Soraya Abino Quintana
tel +41 22 730 5424
email pressreg@itu.int 

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