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Alfa Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day for Fifth Consecutive Year

May 9, 2017
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Alfa Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth consecutive year, Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, organized a series of activities to mark the International Girls in ICT Day, the global initiative supported by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The company welcomed a delegation of female students from several Lebanese schools during a day filled with talks and tours in its headquarters, as well as competitions related to the data and tech sector. Alfa is seeking through this initiative to encourage girls who are about to start university to pursue studies in the ICT field by briefing them about the various employment opportunities available to them.

For the first time in the Middle East, Lebanon and Alfa were selected to participate in a live broadcast that saw the participation of ITU officials, ambassadors from countries partaking in the initiative, and students participating in the events organized by ITU in Switzerland and Lithuania and by Alfa in Lebanon. The live broadcast included speeches by ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson, the Head of the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Najla Riachi Assaker, the Head of the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Andrius Krivas, and the Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Brahima Sanou. Students from the three countries also participated in a competition, in which a student from Lebanon ranked second.

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Commenting on the initiative, Alfa Chairman and CEO Marwan Hayek said: “We are proud that Alfa’s continued support for this event for the past five years has resonated internationally and strengthened Lebanon’s leading role in technology initiatives, namely through its participation this year in this live broadcast”.  “The telecommunications sector is heading towards a technological revolution that will be as big as the industrial revolution in terms of the great change it will bring through digitization and the Internet of Things. Hence, women must play an active and influential role in this process. Alfa is in a leading position to make this revolution a reality in Lebanon. We are proud of the Alfa team, which includes more than 41 percent of women, and which keeps pace with the new technology, providing it to Alfa and mobile subscribers in Lebanon”.

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