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Connect Americas Summit to push ICT and broadband

Panama City readies for new investment and commitments, 17-19 July

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Geneva, 28 June, 2012 - The Connect Americas Summit will take place in Panama City, 17-19 July 2012. The Summit will commence with an opening address by the President of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, which will be followed by a debate on the importance of broadband connectivity for the continent’s future development.

The Connect Americas Summit is the culmination of a series of high-level events, including the recent Rio+20 Earth Summit and the Summit of the Organization of American States (OAS) that draw attention to the power of information and communication technologies (ICT) and broadband connectivity in meeting future goals of sustainable development. The Summit aims to mobilize the required resources to accelerate the roll out of broadband infrastructure and the adoption of ICT applications.

The Connect Americas Summit, hosted by the Government of Panama, is organized by ITU in close collaboration with the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA) and the Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU).

What: Connect Americas Summit

17-19 July 2012

Where: ATLAPA Convention Centre, Avenida Israel, Panama City

The Connect Americas Summit aims to attract commitments and investments in 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.

  • Heads of State and Government

  • Ministers

  • Chief Executives and management of ICT industry

  • United Nations, regional and international development organizations

  • Regional and international financial institutions

  • Prominent academics, media and industry analysts



Opening debate: “Towards a Future built on Broadband”

Interactive panels on:

  • Bankrolling broadband: Is government back?

  • Digital inclusion – Giving voice to the voiceless

  • Combating climate change

  • Cybersecurity in a highly connected world for children in cyberspace

  • Saving Lives: ICT for disaster risk reduction and management

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 your 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:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 5046
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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