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ArabNet Digital Summit to discuss future of e-business

Beirut event to bring together global and regional business leaders

ArabNet Digital Summit to discuss future of e-business
The ArabNet Digital Summit aims to provide a platform for discussion of the online sector, says Christidis.

ArabNet, the online portal for digital entrepreneurship, is to host the ArabNet Digital Summit, to discuss online business trends in the region.

The summit will be held at the end of the month in Beirut, and aims to bring together over 100 global ICT professionals.

The event, which runs from 27th to 31st of March, is intended to provide a forum for discussion on directions for e-business in the Middle East, and will include sessions on entrepreneurship, investment, the future of media and advertising, interaction through social media platforms, and the affect of the latest technology trends on the digital market.

Expert speakers will address the event, including Osama Bedeir, Vice President of Payments at Google; Shervin Pishevar, Managing Director at Menlo Ventures; Amina Belghiti, Head of Platform Partnerships, New Markets EMEA, Facebook; and Barry Wacksman, Chief Growth Officer at R/GA.

The event will also include two developer days, for technical training, and a community day, to give the wider public the chance to interact with the online industry.

“We are creating a platform for the exchange of ideas between individuals at all levels of the industry with the aim of generating true forward movement for the many strong public and private sector initiatives shaping the region’s online markets,” said Omar Christidis, Founder of ArabNet. “The region is seeing remarkable growth in the online space and major new opportunities are opening up daily. We’re aiming to harness that energy at the Summit.”

“E-commerce in particular has developed at a stupendous rate over the past year. Websites like MarkaVIP and Jadopado have been experiencing remarkable growth both in terms of customer acquisition and revenues” explains Christidis

The summit will also include a telecoms executives panel, and is supported by Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as a Strategic Partner, with additional sponsorship Lebanese Mobile Operator Alfa.

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