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The Information Technology Association of Jordan (int@j) and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology  hosted a two-day conference at the Dead Sea on December 6-7/2006 to enhance telecommunication and technology services in Jordan and throughout the region.

The Fourth Jordan ICT Forum 2006  hosted business leaders from the information, communication and technology (ICT) industry as well as government officials from across the globe.

More than 1,000 regional and international ICT leaders and professionals  compared progress made to date and shared lessons learned at the forum, which acts as a gateway for international, regional and local ICT leaders to network and explore the myriad of opportunities available in Jordan and across the regional ICT market, according to int@j.

Topics for discussion at the meeting also included regional telecommunication issues, outsourcing trends and entrepreneurial innovation.

"We want to improve and promote the ICT sector in Jordan and the Middle East," said Alaa Qattan, an int@j representative.

"We want to bring people together to discuss and develop the industry, so that customers will have more choices and lower prices," Qattan told The Jordan Times.

The conference, said Qattan, is part of a broader effort by His Majesty King Abdullah to liberalise the country's telecommunications industry, promote foreign direct investment and transform the Kingdom into a technology hub.

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