Dubai declaration

eCompany and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have used the Arab Region symposium on eGovernment & IP hosted to announce the Dubai Declaration, which has set agenda for enhancing eGovernment services in the region.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  November 28, 2004

The Dubai Declaration was released on the concluding day of the symposium and includes the procedures and mechanisms for implementation of the Declaration in the Arab region. Delegates from thirteen countries in the region attended the four day event. Significantly, the declaration has laid out a policy framework for eGovernment and IP implementation in the region with the main highlights including establishing a regional Arab team of officials to ensure coordination in information exchange and knowledge sharing, cooperation in area of training to prepare specialised personnel in eBusiness, identification of work to be done in unifying specifications and certificate categories in eSignatures, coordinating eSignature terms and electronic communication systems. The Dubai Declaration also calls for more cooperation between the International Postal Union and ITU to support Arab countries in delivering electronic services to remote cities and towns to ensure right of every citizen to communicate electronically. The declaration has also accepted the call of UAE Network Information Centre (UAEnic) for technical and administrative coordination between domain name registration centre in Arab countries with cooperation of ITU. Such an initiative would help the countries in the Arab region to benefit from effort regarding Arabisation of domain names through participating in experimental projects in this area. In conclusion, the declaration also stated that the Arab Region office of ITU will establish a task force to observe the execution of the recommendations of the symposium. “It was heartening to see the intensity of debate which has been generated as a result of this symposium,” says Mohammad Hassan Omran, President & CEO, Etisalat. “It has also provided a valuable opportunity for participants to explore the opportunities that eGovernment engenders as well as understand the technologies shaping this eGovernment rollout. “I am confident this symposium will represent a landmark for the eventual success of eGovernment in the region and would like to thank ITU for their whole hearted support to this event,” he adds.

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