Dubai-based World Development Forum has announced the launch of the Government Technology (GT) Summit & Exhibition 2006, in association with the UNDP and The League of Arab States, a three-day event on 3-5 September 2006 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Dubai.
This event will focus on the theme of 'Integrated Secure Services to Government, Business & Citizens' and will provide a platform for senior IT decision-makers in the public sector throughout the Middle East to debate cohesive and practical strategies for the common good of the Arab world. ICT indicators in the Arab region are still weak. The UNDP introduced a new regional initiative namely, 'Information & Communities Technologies for Development in the Arab Region' (ICTDAR) to assist Arab States in harnessing ICT to reduce poverty, address digital divides and improve both public administration performance and private sector hold and expansion. As an integral part of their objectives, an e-Governance programme was launched to provide policy advice to Arab government, to establish a regional e-Governance Institute (REGI). The GT Summit programme will address the most challenging issues faced by regional governments. This invitation-only event will target high-level government ministerial officials in communications, commerce, education, finance, health, infrastructure and public works.