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U.N. Tech Summit Promotes Middle East

The world's leaders in business, science, and research will meet in Oman to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, scientific research, and investment in the Middle East.

Women who aren't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia are learning how to become network engineers, thanks to one of many all-women's academies established by Cisco Systems Inc.

Jordan is on its way toward achieving its goal of becoming the next generation's repository for innovation and technology with Cisco helping revamp its entire educational system.

"We're interconnecting all of the schools, many of which have dirt floors," Stephen DuMont, vice president of Global Public Sector Internet Business Solutions Group for Cisco, said Tuesday during a press briefing at the United Nations.

That's just the kind of progress organizers of the first World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship "A Better Generation in the Making," are hoping to spur with a gathering of more than 1,000 delegates. The world's leaders in business, science, education, policy and research will meet in Oman for three days to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, scientific research and investment in the Middle East.

The summit is expected to serve as a model for emerging markets like Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

The roster of attendees, participants and speakers for the April summit reads like a who's who in international policy and U.S. and global technology. They include representatives from: Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Computer Associates, Linux International, GE, Lenovo, Dow, Cisco, Samsung, Intel, Sony, Chevron, Quantum, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Pepsico, Harvard Business Review, Boeing, MIT, Oracle and Google.

Omani Ambassador to the United Nations, Fuad Al-Hinai led a panel at the UN Tuesday to outline how the summit will address the challenges and opportunities for businesses, governments, educators and social leaders promoting economic development through technology, innovation and private enterprise in emerging markets.

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