Over 100 ICT companies to take part in QITCOM 2014 [Peninsula, The (Qatar)]
(Peninsula, The (Qatar) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) FROM LEFT: Mohamed Abuaqla, Executive Director, Al Jazeera Media Network, Abdulrahman Al Malki, Assistant Director, Information Systems ISP, Ministry of Interior, Mahmud Awad, Chief Business Officer, Vodafone, Jean Philippe Sohier, Chief Marketing Officer, MEEZA, David Schopper, General Manager, FischerAppelt, Renal Shaaban, Manager, QITCOM, Hussain A Sulatt, Chairman, ictQatar's QITCOM Steering Committee, Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director, Community and Public Relations, Ooredoo, and Nasser Khalifa Al Khalifa, Ministry of Finance, at the press conference at Hilton Hotel yesterday. Kammutty V P
Doha: More than 100 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies are participating in ICT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2014), organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in collaboration with fischerApplet.
According to organisers, over 11,000 visitors are expected at the event at Qatar National Convention Centre on May 26-28.
"Several Qatari and international high-profile experts are participating this year as keynote speakers and panellists, presenting case studies about the current ICT sector's framework, projected growth, and available opportunities in the Qatari market.
"Discussions will also cover ongoing construction and infrastructure projects in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and ICT Strategy 2015", Renal Shaaban, QITCOM Manager, told a press conference yesterday.
"QITCOM is part of the ministry's efforts to support Qatar's development across all economic sectors, due to the ability of ICT to make radical changes to the rates of economic development, and promote different aspects of sustainable development in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030 that aims at boosting the role of oil-independent economic sectors. Undoubtedly, the ICT sector is key to this vision," said Hussain A Sulatt, Chairman, ictQatar's QITCOM Steering Committee.
He said ictQATAR is organising several QITCOM 2014 events and activities such as Innovation Theatre, which includes competitions for young emerging entrepreneurs and talented students, in addition to introducing the ministry's new initiatives and programmes.
"QITCOM is a great incentive for the development of Qatar's ICT sector, and an exceptional platform that brings together companies, providers, investors, and end-users.
"It is also consistent with our vision of founding a meeting venue to showcase steps Qatar has taken towards pioneering new ideas in ICT," said David Schopper, General Manager, fischerAppelt, Qatar.
The first day of QITCOM 2014 will focus on analysing Qatar's ICT reality, including opportunities and challenges.
It will discuss the role of ICT in boosting Qatar's ability to fulfil commitments of Qatar National Vision 2030, and what the country should expect from future initiatives by tackling issues such as broad band Internet, cyber security, satellites, communications, policies, as well as legal and regulatory frameworks.
The second day will highlight the role of ICT in the business sector and its contributions to achieving social and economic development in keeping with Qatar National Vision 2030, particularly that the government is the main beneficiary, taking into account that it is the largest consumer of services offered by the ICT sector.
QITCOM's third day will shed light on the ICT sector's future prospects and Qatar's competitive edge, being an emerging country and one of the sector's regional leaders. Experts will also focus on the issue of 'Arabising' electronic websites by discussing ways to provide individuals, companies and governments with the ability to promote the dissemination of Arabic digital content.
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