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Connect Arab Summit brings together the key decision makers shaping
fast-moving technology markets across the region
MEDIA ACCREDITATION CLOSES 28 FEBRUARY
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
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:
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
The ITU Connect Arab Summit is the third in the series of high-level regional
ITU Connect events. Previous summits included
Africa which was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2007, and where an unprecedented
USD 55 billion in ICT investment pledges were made.
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.
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
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
For more information on the event, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
Media accreditation enquiries:
Soraya Abino Quintana
The Supreme Council of Information and
Communication Technology (ictQATAR) connects people to the technologies that
enrich their lives, drive economic development and inspire confidence in the
future. ictQATAR is entrusted with two primary authorities: as the country’s
independent and fair regulator of the telecommunications market, and as the
government body that nurtures innovative technologies to benefit those who live
and work in Qatar.