Iraqi ICT delegation prepares for Sharjah summit

The Iraq Information Communication Technology and Education (ICTE) summit will take place in Sharjah, UAE on February 27th and 28th 2007. The event is designed to facilitate and strengthen relationships between the Government of Iraq and leading IT and communications suppliers.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  February 11, 2007

The Iraq Information Communication Technology and Education (ICTE) summit will take place in Sharjah, UAE on February 27th and 28th 2007. The event is designed to facilitate and strengthen relationships between the Government of Iraq and leading IT and communications suppliers. The summit will host a high-level official delegation from Iraq including Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, Minister of Communications; Raed Fahmi, Minister of Science and Technology; and Abed Theyab, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will also attend, led by Dr Idris Hadi Salih, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Sponsors of the summit include telecoms operator MTC Atheer, business software behemoth Oracle and network vendor Nortel. “Oracle is pleased to be associated with this event,” said Ali El Tahtawi, communication manager at Oracle MEA. “The new Iraq is demanding the best in IT infrastructure to support its growth. By our involvement, we have clearly demonstrated our commitment to support the growth of Iraq through technology.” According to the Iraq Development Programme (IDP), the summit will help develop the Iraqi government’s strategy of forming and strengthening relationships with leading international operators to bring best-in-breed technology, training and management skills to the country. Relevant officials from the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO) will also attend the summit, as well as a number of leading global education institutions. “All Iraqi officials will be attending to speak about their ministries’ requirements for their relevant sectors in front of an audience of senior corporate executives, before holding private consultations with some of the pre-eminent operators in the ICT and education sectors,” stated an announcement from the IDP (the event organiser). The summit will cover a number of different areas, with each ministry detailing the most important contracts and funded projects that require immediate fulfilment. In the communications space these include the rollout of secure voice and data communications networks; mobile telecommunications infrastructure and equipment; microwave transmission systems; nationwide fixed line backbone; wireless local loop, plus LAN and WAN solutions for government buildings. On the technology front, the summit will cover the modernisation of IT infrastructure; modernising banking and financial databases; establishing uniform software standards, digitising data records and the creation of government databases and management systems. It will also cover the implementation of VSAT internet connectivity; the development of a centralised online procurement system; IT training and education, and the procurement of IT equipment and services to establish network interfacing of hardware and software. According to the IDP, each Ministry will use the summit to determine the best partners and suppliers to work with. IDP claims that the event will act an essential forum for all ICT companies interested in working with the Iraqi government and keen on quoting for contracts. A healthy vendor and supplier turnout is anticipated as major ICT companies attempt to strengthen their ties with the Iraqi Government.

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