Preliminary arrangements for the Centre establishment
HE Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nu'aimi, Minister of Education conferred with a delegation comprising senior officials at UNESCO's information and communication sector to discuss the project of establishing the ICT Regional Centre in Bahrain. UNESCO's general conference has agreed to establish the centre in Bahrain under the organization's supervision and care.
This meeting was held in Doha on the sidelines of knowledge based communities conference, organized by UNESCO in cooperation with Qatar Organization for Education and science, community development and the Qatar-based supreme council for Information and Communication Technology.
During the meeting, the Bahraini delegation led by the Minister of Education Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nu'aimi gave a presentation that included a comprehensive concept for the centre's activities, its objectives, programs and means of implementing them. The presentation also included a film, construction drawings for the centre and its impact on the sustainable development through the development of the GCC countries capabilities in the field of information and communication technology and its connections with education and development. The presentation included a concept on the expected relation between the centre and international companies and establishments and means of getting mutual benefits.
After the presentation, views were exchanged on the center, its various roles, the requirements for construction, operation and the timetables.
The attendees expressed their support to establish the ICT regional center in Bahrain, which will be the first of its kind in the world. The participants also expressed their wish to establish cooperation with both the kingdom of Bahrain and the UNESCO to find effective partnerships through this distinguished center. They also expressed their readiness to communicate with the Ministry of Education of Bahrain and UNESCO’s information and communication sector to upgrade cooperation and consultation to agree on the mechanisms that control and cement partnership between them and to embody UNESCO’s objectives in disseminating knowledge, the services of science and development and promotion of cooperation between educational and training institutions and the private sector.
The attendees have agreed to hold a special meeting for this purpose in Bahrain in the second half of 2009. The meeting will be attended by representatives from UNESCO and international companies and establishments to set the mechanisms to put into force the articles of partnership among all the parties concerned.