Panama to Host "Connecting the Americas 2012"

The main leaders and experts in Information Technology (ICT) in the region will up meet at the ITU’s Connecting the Americas Summit from 17 to 19 July 2012.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Under the theme "Connecting those who have not been connected ..." The summit aims to develop strategies to promote the implementation of broadband and to mobilize human, financial and technical resources in order to overcome the digital divide in countries of the Americas.

The summit provides a venue for leaders of public and private sectors, as well as funding bodies and international and regional development agencies, to talk face to face and form new alliances.



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