World Summit Awards concludes in Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates: Saturday, December 11 - 2010 @ 16:07

“I am very impressed by ADSIC and the WSA awards for hosting such an exhibition. Gathering innovators in digital technology from around the world in Abu Dhabi highlights the vital role of the Emirate in the ICT sector. I have little doubt that the discussions on advancing science and research [in ICT] that occurred here over the past few days will have a positive impact on the global community,” H.E. Dr. Al Mazroui said.

He added, “Mobile technology has gone beyond simply aiding communications and now plays a central role both as our personal offices and in allowing Governments to interact positively with their citizenry.”

H.E. Rashid Al Mansoori expressed his delight with the visit of the FNC delegates led by the Secretary General, “We are honored by the visit of the FNC and the Secretary General and relish the opportunity to share the latest advancements in m-content. With the UAE contributing to this year’s winning applications, we see excellent examples of how technological advancements in the government, private and media sectors can positively impact people’s lives.”

Speaking at the conclusion of the final WSA session, the ADSIC director general went on to say, “I would like to thank everybody for their participation in making The WSA Gala, Conference and Exposition successful. I applaud the sessions and discussions during the two days of the WSA that enriched our knowledge and allowed us to reflect on the importance of using modern ICT and m-content development as a fundamental tool of economic development. The outcomes of discussions as well as the exchange of experiences and solutions among all participants has proved that ICT can push the world toward achieving a more equal socio-economic landscape.”

The events during the final day of the WSA awards included morning plenary sessions on knowledge transfer within the ICT industry and network engineering and optimization. During the afternoon, participants were able to break out into workshops and offered the opportunity examine new areas of possible ICT advancement with the WSA winners.

“It was Abu Dhabi’s highly developed digital infrastructure, among other things, that enabled it to achieve a great success in hosting this event. The Emirates have taken a great step towards positioning themselves at the top of their league in encouraging m-content development in the Arab region,” said Nawaf Abdul Rahman, head of IT and the General Youth Association, Bahrain.

Abu Dhabi police who participated in the events stressed the importance of such events to promote Abu Dhabi and the Yas Marina Circuit. “We have benefitted from the discussions about the different uses of mobile technology in the winners exhibition. The Abu Dhabi police are already using many of these advancements and will continue to look for areas to improve our mobile content,” said an officer in attendance.

Iheanyichukwu Enyika from Nigeria, a college student of 22 years old and the youngest winner of the Special Regional Achievement Awards, said, “I am very happy to visit Abu Dhabi and will do so again. I am working hard to develop mobile content that will suite everyone.”

Dorthy Jordan, Director General of Information for the Technology Institute of Ghana – The Kofi Anan Excellence in ICT Center, said, “Although I am a world traveler, this is my first time in Abu Dhabi. In addition to enjoying ourselves, we have made use of our time studying every aspect and outcome of the WSA’s to improve our mobile technology developments.”

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