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Connect Americas Summit set for Panama City, 17-19 July

Call to invest in ICTs and broadband roll out


Geneva, 23 May 2012 – ITU is organizing the Connect Americas Summit, 17-19 July in Panama City as part of the Connect the World series, an ambitious initiative aimed at connecting the unconnected and meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The Summit is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama.

What: Connect Americas Summit
When: 17-19 July 2012
Where: ATLAPA Convention Centre, Avenida Israel, Panama City

The overall objective of the Connect Americas Summit is to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to connect everyone in the region to information and communication technologies (ICT). The Summit offers a venue for leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional financing and development agencies to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships for the accelerated roll out of broadband connectivity.

The Summit features discussion panels focusing on the challenges facing emerging and transition economies in harnessing the full potential of ICTs. Bold decisions and commitments will be announced on multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet these challenges. 

  • Heads of State and Government
  • Ministers

  • Chief Executive Officers and senior executives of leading regional and international ICT industry

  • Heads of regional and international development organizations
  • Senior officials of the United Nations

  • Senior officials of regional and international financial institutions

  • National, regional and global media companies

  • Prominent academics and industry analysts
Media Information

The Connect Americas Summit is open to media. Accreditation is compulsory. For accreditation and procedures, please see:


Please read the procedure carefully before completing the online accreditation form. Pre-registered journalists will be requested to present their confirmation letter, together with their passport or ID card to receive an official Connect Americas Summit Media badge.

UN Press accreditation is valid. Please confirm attendance to pressreg@itu.int

Accreditation is advised before Monday, 9 July 1500 UTC.


For more information, see www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/americas/ or contact:

Media Accreditation enquiries:


Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
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mobile +41 79 249 4861
email sanjay.acharya@itu.int
Media accreditation enquiries:
Soraya Abino Quintana
tel +41 22 730 5424
email pressreg@itu.int    


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