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    MCIT Organizes Panel Discussion during Closing of Regional ICT Accessibility Week

    Date published: 28 September 2017

    The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is organizing a panel discussion titled “Overcoming Divides and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, at the American University in Cairo, on September 28, on the occasion of the commemoration of UNESCO International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) and at the Closing of the Regional ICT Accessibility Week, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO, in the Arab States, on September 24-28.

    The ICT Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibilities and Services Abeer Shakweer will give an introductory statement during the panel discussion. Introductory statements will be followed by discussions that aim to highlight progress made in overcoming divides, identify emerging challenges and propose actions for reducing barriers.

    The Regional ICT Accessibility Week is organized in partnership with a number of stakeholders, including the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt ICT Trust Fund and the American University in Cairo (AUC). It marks the celebration on 28 September of UNESCO “International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)”. In the case of ITU, this week represents a response to the World Telecommunication Development Conference’s (WTDC) 2014 Arab Regional Initiative entitled “ensuring access to telecommunications/ICTs, in particular for persons with disabilities”.

    The week seeks to raise awareness across the Region of the critical role played by information in supporting holistic and sustainable national development. In particular, the week draws attention to the information needs of persons with disabilities and highlights the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) can play in overcoming various information challenges and societal barriers that persons with disabilities face.

    Egypt is one of the oldest members in the ITU and has 16 sector members from the private sector in the union. It is also a founding member of the “Partners to Connect the World” initiative and it chairs the ITU Council Working Group on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). Egypt is an active participant in the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) activities and it has succeeded in establishing the first regional subgroup in the Study Group (SG2). This, in turn, further enhances the regional presence of ITU and increases its involvement with developing countries in Africa and the Arab World.

    Based in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies with 191 member-states and more than 700 sector members and associates. ITU role is to enable the global growth and sustained development of ICT. In addition, ITU organizes international telecom events like WSIS and Telecom Africa.

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