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Secretary General's Word

IJMA3, The Arab ICT Organization:
Secretary General’s Word

Information and communication(ICT) technologies continue to play a dynamic and essential role in the ongoing economic and social development around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  ICT is powering economic growth, helping to focus development efforts within needy communities, and engaging citizens in governance in new and exciting ways.  The The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) is playing a dynamic and proactive role at all stages of this process.  In the following sections, the role that IJMA3 can and will play in this process will be mapped out in greater detail.  First, some time will be spent examining IJMA3’s organizational structure, and plans for the future.

IJMA3, standing on the shoulders of its member associations, the national ICT associations of the countries of the MENA region, acts as an umbrella organization providing an integral structure under which a variety of different pursuits can operate.  To date, IJMA3’s major activities have focused around ICT for development (“ICT4D”) purposes, and IJMA3’s role in advocacy and sector representation. Read More...

 IJMA3 “ICT4D“ ICT for Development:

2007 has been another good year for IJMA3 in the community development sector.  The commitment of the international community to meeting the development needs of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region is strong, and has been confirmed in response to regional developments.  IJMA3 is uniquely well positioned to serve as a key implementing partner on many such activities throughout the region.  As a result, our positioning at the junction of ICT, development, and the Middle East North Africa region has brought tremendous opportunity to the region.

Six key focus areas have emerged in our development work around the region. Read More...

 IJMA3, Union of Arab ICT Associations for Companies:

ICT continues to play an important role in the growth of national economies throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  As the ICT sector continues to grow and mature, the ability of the ICT industry to be able to advocate for enabling regulatory and legislative environments, make connections with international ICT stakeholders, and to assert the importance of ICT on the national and regional agenda becomes ever more important.  More and more, it is the industry associations representing national ICT interests in each country that are driving this agenda.

IJMA3 was formed in 2004 to support the interests of these national ICT associations, and to help these associations take advantage of opportunities for cooperation and cooperative development.  IJMA3 continues to advocate effectively on behalf of our member associations, the national ICT associations of 13 countries throughout the MENA region, including Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. 

Our activities as the regional representative of national ICT associations take on several main components. Read More...

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