Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 6, 2012
The U.S. State Department and U.S. IJMA3-host a discussion of telecommunications Arab officials. The roundtable was held at the State Department and included both senior U.S. government officials and members of the United States-Arab delegation IJMA3 ICT controls the U.S., computer problems political freedom and the Internet in the wake of the Arab spring.
Arab ICT delegation was the largest of its kind since the development of the Arab spring of last year, a seismic shift in the region, which highlighted the impact of information technology and (ICT) as a fundamental tool for political freedom and economic development. Discussion between a delegation of this kind, composed of Arab politicians and private sector leaders and policy experts from the United States was a unique opportunity to promote the current momentum in trade, investment policy and public United States and the Arab world.
Arab delegation of government officials and representatives of ICT, the chairmen of regulatory authorities and leaders of industry associations and more executives of private sector telecommunications. HE Mohammed Allawi, Minister of Communications for Iraq, and Mr. Mohammad Tahboub, president of the Information Technology Association of Jordan and representatives of the Jordanian minister of telecommunications, Basem Al-Rousan: To represent their respective governments were. , Regulatory authorities and others were Mr. Salim Al-Ruzaiki, CEO of the Information Technology Authority of Oman, Dr Imad Hoballah, the president of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Lebanon, Mr. Majeed Al-Maamori, CEO of the Company for Internet services in Iraq, and Mr. Ali Nahle, Director of Information Technology of the Central Bank of Lebanon. Head of Delegation of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia and Yemen, in part.
The roundtable was organized jointly by Ambassador Philip Verveer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy, and Mr. Nizar Zakka, Chairman and Director General, U.S. and IJMA3 General, The Arab ICT Organization IJMA3 moderate. Representatives of the Government of the United States came from several offices of the State Department and the Federal Communications Commission.
After a message from Ambassador Verveer
, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman, presented the topics for discussion, which focused on the first of the political implications of the Internet for the Arab spring, focusing on Internet freedom and access, infrastructure, Internet security and Internet use for public services such as governance, health and education. The Internet and social networks are important means of galvanizing the public to demand change and governments.
By focusing on advances in ICT, governments, the possibility of bringing civil societies are increasingly providing citizens with more efficient services to take, and an open style of governance, based on transparency and participation, said Assistant Secretary Feltman.
The second theme, the growth of the ICT industry and investment and the factors that focuses on creating a legal and regulatory environment conducive to investment. This promotes favorable conditions for investments by the corporatization of the use of ICT and the privatization of public enterprises, e-commerce and Internet security, e-commerce to protect. Assistant Secretary Feltman emphasized that ICT development is essential for growth in all sectors. It can help increase competitiveness, integrate the region into the global economy, and provide good employment opportunities, particularly for youth. But he added that the regulatory and legal frameworks are essential to the full development potential of ICT. Our government and the U.S. high-tech companies are willing to strengthen an already strong partnership with the region in this sector.
and Mr. Zakka opened the debate on the role of the Internet in the Arab spring. Participants, including Mr. Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Mr Christopher Painter of contact for matters of cyber State Department, and Mr. Troy Tanner, the International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, has joined the discussion.
The Round Table was based on the conference themes of freedom online recently in The Hague in December 2011, organized to build an international coalition to strengthen and protect the freedom of the Internet instead. Open to the remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been attending the conference of ministers and senior defenders of Internet freedom around the world. Despite state-level participation, noted that Mr. Zakka IJMA3 the only Arab organization was represented at the negotiations, who missed an opportunity to get involved, of Arab civil society and private actors in a period rapid evolution of Internet technology and politics. .
During the roundtable, the Arab delegation ICT actively with their American counterparts, they use the Internet freedom in an Arab context. Participants from countries, the transitions experienced during the spring spoken Arabic of the new context of online freedom, cyber security and access. Mr. Zakka was speaking at the Arab Internet Manifesto, The Internet Freedom approached with sensitivity and Arabic was signed by most countries represented in the room. All parties agreed that the policy should take account of these sensitivities, while respecting fundamental human rights.
The second theme of economic growth and investment, stressed the importance of legal and regulatory environment, promotion of foreign investment and private sector growth. Mr. Troy Tanner, deputy head of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Christopher Painter, and several members of the delegation to the discussion of how committed to support this growth.
IJMA3-USA, said: “As the region to assess potential longer-term prospects for democracy and global investments, many young Arab entrepreneurs are reaching the United States to research partnerships and business opportunities, which was often difficult to access under previous regimes. “
thanked the Arab government and the private sector for the supply of participants on their knowledge. He noted that the scope for cooperation between the Arab world and the United States on issues related to ICT for individuals, businesses and governments can be found. Regarding the latter, the U.S. is particularly nice to work with Arab governments in the framework of the World Conference of the International Communication, held in Dubai in December.
The roundtable was an opportunity for the U.S. government and the Arab delegates ICT government, regulators and private sector companies to discuss these critical issues. The involvement of senior officials, policy makers and influential perspectives in transition countries after the Arab Spring offered a unique opportunity for open discussion of current issues.
Such dialogue is rare in multilateral actors of so many Arab countries. The presence of Arab ICT delegations in Washington opened the door to these discussions, that may not be taken without substantial coordination IJMA3-United States and the State Department.
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