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ESCWA participates in the organization of the Third Annual Forum on Digital Arabic Content: Arab content in the era of major digital transformations, Dubai, 19-20 October 2015


For the third year in a row, the Annual Digital Arabic Content Forum was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), the Arab Regional Office of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-ARO), and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt under the auspices of the League of Arab States (LAS). The host and co-organizer for this year was the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates (TRA-UAE). The forum was held in Dubai on 19 and 20 October 2015 under the theme "Arab content in the era of major digital transformations".


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The Digital Arabic Content (DAC) Industry

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It has been largely acknowledged that the Internet is a viable means for supporting socioeconomic development. The Internet has become the most comprehensive repository of knowledge and a resource providing communities with all sorts of tools to improve the quality of life. However, the digital content divide remains a major impediment hindering the access of communities in the Arab region to the full value of the Internet. The limited availability of digital content in Arabic, which only represents 2 per cent of the global digital content, constitutes a language barrier that should be crossed to contribute in bridging the digital content divide and increase the number of Internet users in the Arab world.

The 2013 Digital Arabic Content Competition

As part of the second phase of the project on the Promotion of the Digital Arabic Content Industry through Incubation, the 2013 DAC Competition will unlock the potential of entrepreneurs and university graduates who aspire to build novel DAC applications and products. Attention will be given to new trends and technologies. The winners will be granted an incubation period of up to 12 months with partner business incubators who will provide them with coaching, business advice, office facilities and guidance to establish a competitive startup company.

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