Dubai summit in association with UNDP to explore e-Governance expansion

A three-day summit, in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the League of Arab States, will take place on September 3 to 5, 2006 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Dubai.


Information and communications technology (ICT) indicators throughout the Arab region have revealed a two-fold increase in ICT usage, including mobile phones and Internet penetration. Although the digital divide between the Middle East and developed nations still exists, Arab governments are rapidly catching up through education, awareness, technical infrastructure and other means. Senior IT decision-makers in the government and public services sectors throughout the Middle East will convene at the Government Technology (GT) Summit and Exhibition 2006 which is developed by the World Development Forum to debate cohesive and practical strategies for the expansion of regional e-Governance. Amongst an authoritative line-up of expert speakers, Salem Khamis Al Shair, e-Services Director, at Dubai eGovernment, will stress the need to develop further in this field.