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Roundtable on Strategies and Plans of Action for Building the Information Society in Western Asia
Beirut, 21-22 June 2004



Click here to download the Agenda in PDF format

DAY ONE Monday, 21 June 2004
10:00 11:00 Opening session

Opening remarks: ESCWA

Ahmed Farahat


Round table context and objectives

Mervat Tallawy


Keynote address

Hisham El-Sherif

11:00 11:30 Break
11:30 13:30 Session 1: Policies, strategies and the enabling environment

Chairperson: Yousef Nusseir


Developing the plan of action - Process outline

Mansour Farah


Main activities for formulating strategies and building an enabling environment

Mansour Farah


General debate

13:30 14:30 Lunch
14:30 16:15 Session 2: ICT infrastructure and access to information: Main pillars of the information society

Chairperson: Kamal Al-Jebry


Main activities for enhancing regional infrastructure and access

Ayman El-Sherbiny


General debate

16:15 16:30 Break
16:30 18:15 Session 3: Capacity building: Roles for governments and other stakeholders

Chairperson: Ferial Al-Freih


Main activities for capacity-building in ICT

Wajdi Mattar


General debate

DAY TWO Tuesday, 22 June 2004
09:00 10:45 Session 4: ICT applications

Chairperson: Khalil Abdelmassih


Main regional activities in e-government, e-commerce, e-learning, e-health, and e-employment

Hesham Auda


General debate

10:45 11:15 Break
11:15 13:00 Session 5: Key regional projects for building the information society (part 1)

Chairperson: Nibal Idlebi


Selected regional ICT projects:


- Digital Arabic Content

N. Chekhobeid


- Arabic Domain Names System

Said Ghazzi


- Regional Cyber Hub

Tarek Kazzaz


General debate

13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:45 Session 6: Key regional projects for building the information society (part 2)

Chairperson: Mahmood Kassim Al-Sharief


Selected regional ICT projects:


- Information Society Measurements

Abdulilah Dewachi


- Regional backbone

Ayman El-Sherbiny


- ICT for the Disabled

Amal Dajani


- Women in the Information Society

Fatma Almana


General debate

15:45 16:00 Break
16:00 17:45 Session 7: Financing and Partnership: critical factors for successful implementation

Chairperson: Hisham El-Sharif



Activation of partnership and investment in the ICT sector

Abdulilah Dewachi


General debate

17:45 18:00 Closing session

Ahmed Farahat



Final Report

Arabic Version

Information Note

Agenda (Final)

Main Document (PDF)

Forum for Discussion

List of Participants (PDF)