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    Premier Nazif to Inaugurate Fourth Annual IGF Meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh

    Sharm El-Sheikh, 11 November 2009

    Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif is due to inaugurate Sunday November 15, 2009 in Sharm El-Sheikh resort the fourth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

    Held under the slogan: "Creating Opportunities for all," the international event will be attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel and Minister of State for Administrative Development, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Minister of Social Solidarity and Minister of Education.

    Mr. Sha Zukang, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Bob Kahn, a co-inventor of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP), Mr. Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web (WWW) inventor and Mr. Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo Inc are expected to attend the meeting.

    In addition, more than 1500 international figures from over 100 countries concerned with the internet-related issues will contribute to the forum. About 50 ICT ministers and senior officials will also be among the event participants.

    Moreover, the event will be attended by heads of international companies and non-governmental organizations like Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of International Telecom Union (ITU) and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), some parliamentarians from the European Union, the USA, England and Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, US Secretary of State for Technology Affairs, Ambassador Phil Viver,  and Head of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).   
    The four-day meeting will discuss a number of key issues about internet policies. These issues include: how to make the most of the internet in development-related issues, securing an internet access to a large number of users as well as facilitating multilingualism and multi cultures on the web.

    The forum will further discuss means of combating cyber crimes, securing children on the web and exchanging expertise in managing the web.

    Hosting the event in Egypt reflects the tremendous breakthroughs Egypt had achieved in spreading and boosting internet services. Such accomplishments were proved by statistics referring to a lucid rise in the number of internet users in Egypt during the past decade to reach more than 15 million.

    Meanwhile, an important interactive workshop is scheduled Saturday 14 November 2009 on the sidelines of the forum about the current trends that have an impact on the outsourcing industry. The workshop will be held in cooperation with Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    It will shed light on the recent developments in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, the impact of the World Financial Crisis on the IT industry and future market changes.

    A number of Egyptian and international figures specialized in IT and representatives of multinational companies will take part in the workshop.    

    The workshop keynote speakers include: Ms. Nancy Thomas, Vice-President, IBM Global Business Service, Mr. Kiran Karnik, board member of the Indian National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Mr. Detlev Hoch - Director - McKinsey & Company, Mr. Graham Vickery, Head, Information Economy Group, OECD, John Theuerkov, Head of Excellence Centers at Credit Suisse and Randib Sudan, ICT Specialist in the World Bank.

    The IGF is expected to review means of enhancing everybody's access to the internet, developing local context and cultural diversity, ensuring internet security and fighting cyber crimes. It will tackle ways of managing the internet main resources like domain names, protocols, web addresses, major servers, technical criteria for new protocols and wired and wireless communications. 

    The forum consists of 10 major sessions in addition to the inaugural one. A total of 105 workshops will be held over the forum's four days. 
    Egypt was recommended to organize the event during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva in 2003 and during the other one held in Tunisia in 2005.

    The first IGF meeting was held in Athens in 2006. The second was hosted in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, while the third was organized in Hyderabad, India in December 2008. 

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