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   Table of Contents  
Executive Summary
Acronyms and Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Strategic Framework - Introduction
--> Strategic Framework - Main Areas of Focus
--> Startetgic Framework - The Arab ICT Strategy
--> Strategic Framework - Action Lines
--> Programmes - Programme Details
4. Projects
--> Startetgic Framework - The Arab ICT Strategy

The Amman Arab Summit adopted the Arab ICT Strategy through resolution 214 of March 2002 and called for its development into a plan of action and plausible activities.  The Arab ICT Strategy, prepared prior to the Global Plan of Action, proposes seven axes for building the information society.  These axes form the goals that the RPoA areas aim to fulfil through the proposed action lines, programmes and projects.

Moreover, the themes and actions recommended in the Framework for Collaborative Action adopted by the Pan-Arab Regional Conference on WSIS and endorsed by the Arab Council of Ministers of Communications and Information were deliberately taken into consideration while formulating the RPoA.  The action lines specified in the Framework have been included in the RPoA and specific reference is made in the RPoA to actions derived from the Arab ICT Strategy or the Framework.

           The following is a list of the themes covered in the Framework:

          (a)   Recognizing the role of ICT in development;

          (b)   Creating a favourable and responsive multi-segment environment;

          (c)   Policies and legislation;

          (d)   Determining indicators;

          (e)   Regional integration;

          (f)   Planning for integration and building a regional information infrastructure;

          (g)   Universal access to information and knowledge;

          (h)   Capacity-building: human resources development, education, and training;

          (i)    Networks and information security;

          (j)    Software piracy and its relation to the economy;

          (k)   Serving citizens;

          (l)    Bringing governments into the digital age, serving citizens and poverty reduction;

          (m)  Supporting culturally diverse and multilingual content;

          (n)   Preserving the region’s information and audiovisual heritage;

          (o)   Trade and commerce in the information society;

          (p)   Research and development;

          (q)   Cooperation and funding in the field of ICT;

          (r)   Using NGOs and civil society as agents of change.

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