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    MCIT to Organize a Session on Internet Governance at Cairo ICT 2009

    Cairo, 5 February 2009

    Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is organizing a forum session at Cairo ICT 2009 on February 9th. Holding the session comes as part of Egypt's preparations for hosting Internet Governance Forum (IFG) 2009 due in November 2009 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

    The session is expected to reflect the focal role the private sector has been playing in internet governance on the international level. The session will discuss the importance of the participation of the 220 internet companies in Egypt and the concerned Egyptian organizations, which emphasizes the public-private partnership strategy adopted by MCIT.
    The session will tackle a number of tracks in a bid to lay answers to posed questions, examples of which include the private sector’s relevance to the internet governance issue and means by which companies can recognize available opportunities and effective strategies in this domain.

    The session will also discuss the obstacles facing the private sector of the developing countries participating in the IFG as well as the sector’s expectations and aspirations of the future of the internet.

    Eng. Mahmoud Gowaili, Advisor to CIT Minister on Telecommunication and Information Technology, will chair the session in the presence of a number of international experts including the Executive Coordinator of the IGF Secretariat Markus Kummer.

    Representatives of several international companies like Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T and Nokia Siemens will also take part in the session.

    Holding the IGF in Egypt mirrors the tremendous leaps Egypt has realized in spreading and supporting internet services nationwide. Statistics reveal steady increase in the number of internet users in Egypt throughout the past decade. On the other hand, initiatives launched by MCIT to offer internet services at affordable prices enabled a larger segment of the Egyptian society to access and make use of the internet on a wider spectrum.

    About IGF
    The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. The establishment of the IGF was formally announced by the UN secretary-general in July 2006 as one of the outputs of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The first IGF meeting was held in Athens, Greece, in 2006, the second in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007 and the third in Heidar Abad, India end of 2007.

    About Cairo ICT
    Cairo ICT Trade Fair and Forum is the premier event in the region for ICT professionals to network. Since the first Cairo ICT in 1996, the event has become a launching pad for major Egyptian and Arab ICT initiatives and a setting for discussion of the major issues regarding technology. Formatted to address the needs of business, investment and other sectors, Cairo ICT showcases the latest products and solutions in the various fields of ICT – including networks, computing, satellites and broadcast systems – and also includes a large shopping area known as "The Mall."

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