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    Egypt Participates at Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Azerbaijan

    Cairo, 4 November 2012

    Egypt is participating in the events of the seventh annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan during 6-9 November 2012.

    This year, IGF comes under the theme “Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development”.

    Heading the Egyptian delegation, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Hany Mahmoud, delivers his speech in the main session of the Forum.

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijain, Mr. Ilham Aliyev inaugurates the Forum tackling urgent issues of internet governance and providing the opportunity for coordination, discussion and exchange of opinions.

    Mr. Mahmoud states that the world is headed for internet use as an imperative tool, contributing in the achievement of sustainable development at social, economic and human levels.

    In light of recent global events and variables witnessed by the international community, the minister asserts the important role of the internet as an instrument of bringing about changes in communities.

    He is to present to the Forum the pioneering Egyptian experience in ICT field along with the unified African vision, which was agreed upon at the first African Internet Governance forum (AFIGF), the minister adds.

    Held last October in Cairo, representatives of 48 African States (governments, companies, civil and academic society organizations) attended the AfIGF concerned with internet issues.

    IGF is to discuss a number of vital issues relevant to internet policies. On top comes the means of achieving maximum benefit of internet in economic and social development fields, ensuring freedom of multilingualism and multiculturalism on internet and discussing, exchanging and availing from international expertise in cyberspace management.

    Discussions also tackle internet access to a large number of users, freedom of expression, freedom of information and ideas on the internet, as well as building local capabilities to raise usage efficiency.

    It is scheduled for Mr. Mahmoud to hold bilateral meetings with a large number of government representatives and heads of leading companies in IT industry, among which are:  UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Wu Hongbo and Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy for the US Department of State, Ambassador Philip Verveer.

    Additionally, bilateral meetings involve CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Mr. Fadi Chehade, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Mr. Vinton Cerf and Facebook Director of Policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mr.Richard Allan. 

    Furthermore, Minister of ICT is to have round-table discussions with members of the International Chamber of Commerce to view investment opportunities in the Egyptian IT field.

    He is to held talks with leaders of the Internet Society and African internet organizations to discuss challenges and promote cooperation and integration between Egypt and African nations.

    On the sideline of IGF, Mr. Mahmoud is to deliver his speech at the high-level Ministerial Conference, held on November 5, 2012, which will include ministers of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Slovenia, Tunisia, Britain, America, Japan and Ukraine.
    Leaders of international institutions such as United Nations, UNESCO and ICANN participate in the Forum.

    IGF aims at helping its members of developing countries in finding appropriate means to provide internet, as well as reinforcing the commitment of these countries in adopting current and future mechanisms of internet governance.

    Moreover, the Forum is a real opportunity for its attendees to discuss general policies related to internet governance, thus pushing their countries towards more stability and security and development indeed.

    The Forum also offers a helping hand to build human capabilities in the field of internet governance for its members of developing countries. This is in addition to examining, with these countries, appropriate means to achieve maximum benefit of knowledge and local expertise.



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