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Round Table on ICT as an Enabler for Economic Development
Beirut, 29-30 April 2004



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DAY ONE: Thursday, 29 April 2004

10:30 11:30 Opening and welcome

  • Opening remarks: ESCWA Ahmed Farahat

  • Opening remarks: Kaiser Associates Thomas Farole

  • Round table context and objectives Mervat Tallawy

  • The development-oriented information society: A visionary talk Ismail S. Abdallah

Interactive Q&A

11:30 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 14:00 Information and Communication Technology as Development Enabler (1)

Chair: Abdulla Mansoor

  • ICT as an Enabler for Trade and Transport Development Thomas Farole

  • Investing in the ICT sector in the ESCWA region:
    The experience of the Islamic Corporation Ali Soliman

  • ESCWA experience in trade facilitation Nabil Safwat

  • The case of integrated transport Coll Hunter

  • Review of EDI-based trade and transport operations Niels Rasmussen

Interactive Q & A

14:00 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 16:30 Information and Communication Technology as Development Enabler (2)

Chair: Ali Soliman

  • The socioeconomic environment for ICT assimilation:
    Regional impediments Essam Galal

  • ICT for poverty reduction and employment creation in
    Western Asia Wajdi Matar

  • Knowledge-based industry development in Oman Ahmed Al Dheeb
    ICT applications in the Ministry of Finance of Egypt Mamdouh Shoaib

Interactive Q & A

16:30 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 18:30 CyberPorts as regional hubs for development

Chair: Hussein Rifai

  • The Dube TradePort CyberPort Mazen Khoury

  • Evolving from "e" to "see" in the Web age Jacques Ekmekji

  • Public/Private ICT Services  Radwan Habli

  • E-commerce in Lebanon Alain Jean

  • Empowering e-business in Egypt: Facing the challenges Sherif Hashem

  • E-government Experience in Bahrain Eva Hassan

Interactive Q & A

DAY TWO Friday, 30 April 2004

Round table discussions and interventions around key elements of the partnership

08:30 10:30 Main orientation and thrust areas
Chairperson: Mamdouh Shoaib
Moderator: Mazen Khoury
Roundtable discussions

10:30 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 12:30 Constituting components
Chairperson: Mohammad Ben Khalifa Ben Ali Aal Khalifa
Moderator: Sherif Hashem
Roundtable discussions

12:30 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 16:30 Viability
Chairperson: Charbel Fakhoury
Moderator: Coll Hunter
Roundtable discussions

16:30 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 17:30 The Road Ahead and Closing





Final Report

Information Note



List of Participants (PDF)

List of Speakers (PDF)