ITU Connect Arab States Summit

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28/11/2011 to 30/11/2011

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ITU is organizing the Connect Arab States Summit in Doha, Qatar from 28-30 November 2011. The Summit is expected to bring together some 600 participants.   As the UN specialized agency for information communication technology, ITU will stage this major ICT event as part its Connect the World series, an ambitious initiative aimed at connecting the unconnected by the year 2015.   Summit Objectives   The overall objective of the Connect Arab States is to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to close Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gaps in the region. 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.   The Summit features discussion panels and roundtables focusing on the challenges posed to 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.   Summit Participants   The Summit will welcome:   -        Heads of state and government -        Ministers -        Chief Executive Officers and senior executives of leading regional and international ICT businesses -        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
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