Press Release: Arab States define key ICT development priorities

Broadband, digital broadcasting, open source software, Arab digital content and cybersecurity are main objectives

Geneva, 28 January 2010 — The Arab States Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) concluded on Tuesday, 19 January in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, with delegates reaching consensus on regional strategies to foster the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The agreed strategies and priorities will serve as inputs to WTDC-10, which will take place in Hyderabad, India, 24 May — 4 June 2010.

The meeting was opened by the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid. ITU Deputy Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and Syria’s Minister of Communications and Technology, Imad Sabouni, also made opening remarks. The Director General of the Syrian Telecom Establishment (STE), Mr Nazem Bahsas, was elected chairman of the RPM.

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