Egypt signed the Host Country Agreement of hosting ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008, the world class Exhibition and Forum on 24/9/2007. The venue will be the Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre (CICC) during the first half of May 2008.
The Signing Ceremony took place at the International Telecommunication Union ITU, Headquarters in Geneva. A top-level Egyptian delegation headed by Dr. Tarek Kamel, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, attended the Ceremony. Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, the ITU Secretary-General, headed the ceremony on behalf of the ITU. In addition, the ceremony was attended by:
- Mr. Houlin Zhao, the ITU Deputy Secretary-General,
- Mr. Valery Timofeev, the Radiocommunication Bureau Director
- Mr. Malcom Johnson, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau Director
- Mr. Sami Al Basheer Telecommunication Development Sector Director
Also, the Ceremony was attended by Ambassador Sameh Shoukri, Head of the Egyptian Mission at Geneva. .
The ITU had nominated Egypt on 5/7/2007 to host the ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008,. This event will pay great attention to the state-of-the-art technologies and innovations in ICT sector.
Dr. Tarek Kamel, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, expressed his deep gratitude for the ultimate faith that the ITU had bestowed upon Egypt, and his confidence in the ability of the Egyptian cadres to take advantage of this event to declare to the world Egypt’s achievements in the ICT sector.
'AFRICA 2008 will bring the region’s top names together to focus on the major issues relating to ICT expansion across Africa,' said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General. 'Cairo is a key business hub. It is an ideal vantage point to observe all the unfolding trends as well as the wealth of opportunities that this exciting region has to offer. AFRICA 2008 will be a critical milestone for the African ICT sector, offering a unique platform for the most innovative minds, industry and new technologies to make the right connections.'
In May 2004 President Hosni Mubarak inaugurated the same event, ITU Telecom Africa 2004, where Egypt was successful through its regulatory and technological abilities to make it one of the most successful events. Forty African countries and more than 7000 guests from more than 90 countries attended the event. In addition, 40 ministers of Communications from Africa and other countries, and more than 60 directors of entities, incorporations and companies participated in it.
ITU Telecom Africa 2004 succeeded in raising the awareness among all participants on the most recent telecom issues related to the ICT sector in the African continent. Moreover, that event tried to exchange views between different African countries. In addition, the event paid great attention to youth, as this was best expressed in the meetings which the telecom executives held with the African youth.
ITU TELECOM events succeeded in bringing the authoritative representatives of national governments, regulators, thought leaders and senior executives from the ICT sector in the African Continent, hence becoming a great opportunity for them to know the most advanced technologies and the available investment projects.
Choosing Egypt to organize and host ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 confirms the regional and international trust and confidence in the success of the Egyptian ICT sector and its pioneering role in developing this sector in Africa. This reflects the belief in the necessity of the cooperation and unification of the efforts of the African people and Egypt’s faith in the significance of exchanging expertise in the best way that succeeds in developing and promoting all telecom sectors in Africa.
AFRICA 2008 is considered one of the greatest international events, as it will enable all telecom stakeholders to be acquainted with the most advanced technologies and latest telecom trends. It also acts as a vital indicator for getting exposed to market trends, and a great opportunity in order to exchange expertise while encountering the elite of telecom circles within Africa.
The significance of this event, its greatness in addition to the pioneering role of the Egyptian capital prove that ITU Telecom Africa 2008 will be an exceptional and great success. It is worth mentioning that ITU Telecom Africa was organized by South Africa in 1998 and 2001.