DOT-COM Activity: Middle East Regional iJMA3 Annual Meeting and IT Mentors Alliance Workshop
Country: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East Region, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza
Short Description: Following up on previous effort in the Middle East Region, Internews dot-GOV, in collaboration with USAID/ANE and WITSA, organized the annual iJMA3, Union of Arab ICT Associations, meeting and workshop in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Phase/Type of Activity: Buy-in or Incremental Funding Status: Completed
Start date: February 28, 2005 End Date: March 02, 2005
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Full Description: USAID/ANE funded a workshop and the Annual General Meeting of the Union of Arab Information and Communication Technologies (known by its Arab acronym, IJMA3). The IJMA3 meeting was organized by the dot-GOV program and funded by USAID/ANE Bureau and the UN ICT Regional Task Force. The Union made a powerful case for regional cooperation at its third Annual General Meeting, held in Sharm-El- Sheikh, Egypt, from 28 February - 2 March 2005. Forty representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia attended. A new president was elected from INT@J Jordan and Union members continued the process of consolidation in becoming the primary regional network for ICT associations in the area. An Information Technology Mentors Workshop focused on practical exercises on how to create an organizational environment that is attractive to all members; this was important as delegates from international companies also attended as observers. Guest speakers Dennis Panther, USAID/Egypt and Talal Abu-Gazaleh, from the United Nations Task Force saluted the IJMA3's potential to become a central player in the economic development of the region. The workshop was organized by dot-Gov and delivered by consultants from the World Information Technology Services Association and Computer Frontiers Inc. IJMA3 is better prepared to champion the interests of member associations in domestic and regional ICT forums, and members have been encouraged to develop standards and performance guidelines in their ICT communities. IJMA3 has emerged as a stronger organization with the support from members to play a regional role in the promotion of ICTs in economic development.
USAID/ANE funded dot-GOV to bring in five speakers for the workshop on Access to Broadband: Universal Service Opportunities and Challenges held prior to the IJMA3 events at Sharm El-Sheikh. This workshop was organized and sponsored by The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency of Egypt and the International Telecommunications Union.
Update: Completed in 2005.
Links and Files:
- WSIS Process
Presentation by the Chairman of the Tunisian IT Chamber for the iJMA3 Meeting concentrating on a review of the WSIS process, private sector contributions, and recommendation for the future.
A presentation on ITP (www.itp.net) - the most visited business website in the region.
- World Summit Award for e-content and creativity
Description of the World Summit Award
- The Jordan ICT Forum
The is a bi-annual international ICT industry event held in Jordan under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, and is the platform to showcase Jordan's efforts and achievements to position the country as a major player in the Information revolution.
- Information Technology in Algeria
Desciption of Algerian Information Technology Association activities and goals.
- ARNET Trip Report
- IJMA3 Annual General Meeting and IT Mentors Alliance Workshop Trip Report
Building on previous efforts in the Middle East and the North African Region to develop the ICT Sector, Internews dot.GOV, in collaboration with WITSA and Computer Frontiers, organized two events for the Union of Arab ICT Association (IJMA3)- their Annual General Meeting as well as the IT Mentors Workshop for the Union Members. This is the trip report of dot.GOV Deputy COP Alejandro H. Bermudez-Del-Villar.