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Posted On: 26 May 2010 02:57 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

ictQATAR outlines vision at meet

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ictQATAR’s Secretary General Dr Hessa Al Jaber is leading Qatar’s representatives at the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC) in the Indian city of Hyderabad. 130 countries are participating in the conference at which Qatar aims to share its experiences in developing a vibrant ICT sector, helping shape the global ICT agenda and learning from other leading international experts. The conference which runs till June 4 is being hosted by the International Telecommunication Union. Held every four years, WTDC 2010 is building on the progress of the 2006 conference held in Doha. At the conclusion of the conference, delegates will ratify the Hyderabad Action Plan, a shared vision and action plan for the next four years for the global development of ICT. Al Jaber spoke on Qatar’s progress in ICT development as part of the opening High Level Segment, where all delegation heads shared their work, including policy developments, initiatives and future goals. “The admirable and ambitious action plan that resulted from the 2006 WTDC meeting in Doha served as a valuable platform for Qatar as we developed our national ICT strategy. Qatar has focused efforts in four broad areas: creating a legal and institutional environment; enabling an attractive market environment; building an advanced ICT infrastructure; and establishing a high skills and human resource-based environment,” said Al Jaber. “As Qatar continues to roll out broadband we are studying the best approach for high speed NGN coverage. We are developing a pragmatic strategy that can utilise the best infrastructure possible and which is likely to result in a mix of fixed and wireless technologies, to ensure national coverage. We have also just signed a deal to launch a new satellite that will be used to grow our broadband and communications capacity,” “We need to make ICT easily accessible and provide training resources where needed. We need to teach the 21st century skills to adults and children alike so they can use, process, create and share information in the digital world. ictQATAR is leading many programmes to address these very needs,” said Al Jaber. ictQATAR is tweeting live from the Hyderabad International Convention Center where the conference is taking place, sharing real-time thoughts on important developments. Tweets from the first day can be viewed at: To follow in real-time through-out the conference or participate in the conversation, one can use the hash tag: #wtdc.