Intaj REACHes out to the region ahead of Jordan ICT Forum
Intaj, the Information Technology Association of Jordan, has started a regional tour as part of the REACH initiative ahead of September's Jordan ICT Forum.
Intaj, the Information Technology Association of Jordan, has started a regional tour as part of the REACH initiative ahead of the Jordan ICT Forum to be held September 30th-October 1st. The aim of the REACH initiative, in its third iteration now, is to strengthen the ICT industry in Jordan by fostering collaboration between the private and public sectors.
This latest tour is part of an effort to widen the scope of the project with a campaign to get different countries in the region to collaborate in the ICT arena so that they all play to their respective strengths. Marwan Juma, chairman of Intaj, also emphasised that the REACH initiative is an ongoing process rather than a finite project. As such he sees potential for it to guide development of the industry in Jordan for years to come.
“The ICT revolution has taught us to think in regional if not global terms, which is what Jordan has done in REACH 3.0. Jordan’s ICT industry will clearly outline its objectives, key strengths and future areas of development. We invite our counterparts from all Arab countries to visit our forum, learn of our projects, talk to us about their own plans and discuss potential cooperation,” said Juma.
The Jordan ICT Forum, at which Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel, will be the keynote speaker, will be the conference at which the ICT industry in Jordan comes together to assess its progress. Intaj has commissioned a report from independent analysts to assess development so far and that will be the centrepiece of discussions at the event. The report focuses on six key areas: regulatory framework strengthening, government support, human resources development, infrastructure strengthening, capital and finance and IT industry development.
“We are still in the early stages of a long process in terms of the development of our ICT sector” added Juma, “but a lot has already been achieved, especially in terms of ICT infrastructure and legislation. That, added to Jordan’s wealth in young and educated human resources, places us in a good position to play a role in developing the ICT sector in the Arab world,” he concluded.