The Sultanate of Oman has been elected for the position of Vice President of the International Program known as Information for All Program (IFAP). This comes in recognition of its outstanding contribution during its membership in the Executive Office in the previous session, and its role in the development of the program. This was announced during the eighth session meeting of the Council of the Government’s program on May 19th and 20th, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Mr. Omar Salim Al Shanfari, Deputy CEO of the Information Technology Authority (ITA) for Operations, headed the Sultanate’s delegation at this meeting attended by Mr. Saif Hamed Al Busaidi, Communication Specialist at the Omani National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.
Commenting on this achievement says Mr. Al Shanfari: “The Information for All Program (IFAP) is one of the most important programs sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The election of the Sultanate as Vice President of this program is yet another international recognition of the Sultanate’s role in promoting digital literacy by enabling access to the information society to all segments of Omani society.”
“We are honored to be a member of this program since the election of the Sultanate to be a member of the government council during the 36th session of the General committee of the UNESCO,” added Mr. Al Shanfari.
The Information for All Program was established in 2001 with the aim of providing a platform for international cooperation to facilitate access to information and knowledge and make it available to all users among the 26 state members of the program. IFAP exists to be an advocate for all people on the wrong side of the information divide, whether they be in developed or developing countries. Of special concern are the needs of women, youth and the elderly, as well as persons with disabilities.
“We will do our best to intensify our efforts in the field of international cooperation for developing comprehensive and easy access to information and knowledge for all,” Mr. Al Shanfari concluded.
For more information, please contact:
Ahmed Al Hadhrami
Information & Awareness Division
Telephone: +968 2416 6530
Fax: +968 2416 6604
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