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Connect Arab Summit brings together the key decision makers shaping fast-moving technology markets across the region


Geneva, 7 February 2012 – With just four weeks to go before top government and industry leaders from the Arab region and around the world convene in Doha, Qatar to debate technology policy and priorities in areas like broadband and next-generation mobile, media  are urged to accredit now for ITU’s Connect Arab Summit (5-7 March).

The event will welcome Heads of State, prominent industry CEOs, ICT regulators, leaders from the international investment community and civil society groups. It will play an instrumental role in defining national and regional ICT strategies for the coming decade, in a world where broadband has become the key enabler of business and social service delivery. It will also see the announcement of a raft of exciting projects that will further energize the ICT sector right across the region.

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

As well as serving as a platform for forging strategic public-private partnerships, the Summit will throw the spotlight on key social issues, looking at technology as a tool for personal empowerment, the key role of ICTs in job creation, and the need to find ways to stimulate online multilingualism and promote more Arab-language content on the web.

A comprehensive event programme can be found at: www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/arabstates/programme.asp. A range of informative Background Documents on the main Summit themes can be found at: http://bit.ly/yYWRrg


ITU Connect Arab Summit


5-7 March, 2012


Sheraton Doha Hotel, Doha, Qatar


Chance to see and hear the decision makers who will shape ICT policy in the Arab world in the decade to come.

Accredited media will be invited to the launch of the 2012 edition of ITU’s ICT Arab Indicators report – the industry’s most comprehensive and credible region-wide snapshot of ICT development.



Heads of State, industry CEOs, investment bankers, ICT regulators and civil society groups 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 where an unprecedented USD 55 billion in ICT investment pledges were made. ITU Connect CIS, covering the Commonwealth of Independent States, was held in Belarus in 2009, welcoming Heads of State and ICT Ministers, and generating universal recognition of the vital contribution of ICTs in stimulating growth, employment and broader sustainable development.

Media accreditation

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

To apply for accreditation, or for more information, visit www.itu.int/net/newsroom/connect/arab/2012/index.aspx.

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 6039
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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