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In light of COVID-19, the Arab Information Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) has decided to launch a special platform within the framework of unconventional plans elaborated in the Arab region and the world to cope with the exceptional circumstances.

“The outbreak of the coronavirus has forced countries to face difficult choices and produced specific challenges in all fields, especially healthcare with a heavy load on the economic and social levels. In light of the COVID-19 that we are witnessing today, telecommunications networks have come into view clearly, as never before, as the most vital and needed for ensuring our health and safety, and for preserving our economies and societies,” said Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, secretary general of the AICTO in an address broadcasted on the organization’s social media platforms.

In the video, Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor highlighted the role that digital technologies are currently playing to mitigate the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, societies, institutions, companies and the economies alike.

“For this purpose, and in the context of its commitment to supporting Arab countries and all stakeholders in facing this pandemic through digital technologies, the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO) is developing a special platform for information and awareness. This platform is launched to put the light on the digital and technological initiatives and projects adopted in the Arab countries to confront the coronavirus pandemic”, he concluded.

This initiative aims to shed light on each of the Arab countries’ plans and measures taken to contain the repercussions of the COVID-19 through ICTs.

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