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Technology conference focuses on Lebanon

The International Conference on Lebanese Technology Development (TECHLEB 06) will be held at MIT on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.

The mission of the conference, which is being organized by the Lebanese Club at MIT, is to define strategies essential to making Lebanon a vibrant and sustainable technology hub in the Middle East and Africa region.

The conference is being held under the auspices of the Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora. Lebanese minister of finance Jihad Azour, minister of telecommunications Marwan Hamade, minister of culture Tarek Mitri, and Raymond Khoury, director of the technical cooperation unit at the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform, will represent the Lebanese government.

At the conference, the MIT Enterprise Forum will introduce its plans to bring MIT's $50K business plan competition to Lebanon and the Arab world.

Major sponsors of the conference include the American University of Beirut, Booz Allen Hamilton, Berytech, Byblos Bank, Cyberia, Dubai Silicon Oasis, IncoNet Data Management, Investcom, Kafalat, Kommsult, the Lebanese American University, Mobius Logic, TagLogic and the University of Balamand.

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A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 17, 2006 (download PDF).

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