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GCC countries look to boost ICT sector

GCC government authorities out in force at GITEX Technology Week 2008.

Governments across the Gulf States are looking to invest in high-end ICT solutions at this year's GITEX Technology Week, as state revenues continue to soar due to record oil prices.

Total public spending in the region is set to increase by more than 25% according to a recent report by Gulf Finance House. As a result, there are more government departments than ever before attending this year's show.

"Governments across the GCC have a substantial amount [of money] to invest in the public sector and we are bringing leading global ICT companies to their doorstep," says Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of GITEX Technology Week organiser, Dubai World Trade Centre.

"Many are looking to increase the connectivity and efficiency of their operations to further enhance the region's services. At GITEX Technology Week the world's leading solutions providers will be on hand to discuss the latest technology to help speed up public service processes," he adds.

Official UAE government offices present at this year's show include the Abu Dhabi Police Authority, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Dubai E-Government and Sharjah Free Zone. Bahrain E-Government and Knowledge Oasis Muscat are also represented at this year's show.

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