The events of the three-day 4th Arab Digital Content Forum hosted by the State of Qatar started in Doha yesterday under the theme "The Future of Arabic Content on the Internet." The events are organized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. This is under the auspices of the League of Arab States in collaboration with Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) of the State of Qatar, the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
In his opening remarks to the virtual forum, CRA President HE Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai said: "The global economy is more and more inclined toward building on knowledge; namely what's known as knowledge-based economy. Undoubtedly, a language plays a great role in the knowledge economy." Mr. Al-Mannai added that using the Arabic language on the Internet nowadays requires fundamental informational tools based on Arabic language computing and analysis on rigorous scientific basis and among the most important tools are the search engines and dictionaries.
The CRA president pointed out that the State of Qatar has executed several initiatives supporting and promoting the digital Arabic content. He explained that these initiatives include, for example, launching the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic as well as launching Media, and Culture and Heritage National Digitization Plan in the State of Qatar, which seeks to contribute to creating high-quality digital Arabic content ensuring that the State's path toward modernity is deeply rooted in its values and traditions. He added that the State of Qatar also issued Law No. (7) of 2019 on Protecting the Arabic Language.
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