Abu Dhabi hosting major UN ICT development events
GAID and WSA-Mobile Content begin Sunday in UAE capital
Abu Dhabi is to host two major UN events focused on ICT this week. The Abu Dhabi Government is hosting the fifth annual forum of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), from 5-8th December, and the World Summit Award for Mobile Content (WSA-Mobile Content).
GAID was established in 2006 to provide a platform for the vision of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to use ICT to help achieve international development goals. This year's event is being held on the theme of ‘ICT for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Moving from Advocacy to Actions,' and will be attended by over 600 delegates from government, private sector, NGOs and academia.
HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre, (ADSIC, the governmental organiser of the event), will chair the Conference's Organizing Committee. Other notable attendees will include HE Mohammad Ahmad Al Bowardi, Secretary-General of the Executive Council; Talal Abu Ghazaleh, GAID chairman; Peter Bruck, chairman of the WSA; HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; and HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade.
The WSA-Mobile Content event will see the announcement of the winners of the 2010 WSA. The WSA was formed in 2003, in the framework of the World Summit of the United Nations on the Information Society; and in coordination by the International Centre for New Media, to recognize the growing importance of mobile phones and mobile applications to driving social and economic development.
Eight awards will be presented to the best projects in the areas of m-business & commerce; m-government & participation; m-learning & education; m-entertainment & lifestyle; m-tourism & culture; m-media & news; m-environment & health; m-inclusion & empowerment.
The event will also include sessions on mobile content development and delivery from around the world.
HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori stated: "Knowledge is the hotbed for innovation and the main drive for the 21st-century economies. The competitive advantage will only be attained by the society aspiring for global investment in human resources and capabilities.
"ICT has developed new knowledge-based economy systems, making such economic model the core target of the Abu Dhabi e-Government strategy, gradually driving transformation towards its attainment in accordance with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, ultimately rendering the community towards the ‘developed-countries' class.
"Both events, being held here in Abu Dhabi offer a unique peek for our regional neighbours into localizable IT updates and advanced tools and how far these tools can be used for sustainable development and increasing its global participation in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," Al Mansoori added.