WITSA Fairfax, VA, June 3, 2016.: The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) appeals to the Government of Iran for the release of Mr Nizar Zakka. Mr. Zakka is one of WITSA’s directors and a vice-chairman of WITSA’s Middle East, Northern Africa region. Mr Zakka did not return from Tehran after participating in the Second International Conference & Exhibition on Women in Sustainable Development on September 18, 2015. Mr Zakka was invited by the Government of Iran to speak at this conference by the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.
As background information, WITSA is the leading consortium of ICT industry associations from 82 countries and economies around the world. As you know, ICT is the key driver of the Global Economy. Our members represent over 90 percent of the ICT industry worldwide.
Mr. Zakka is also one of the founding members of The Arab ICT Organization – IJMA3, which was formed to represent a regional alliance of ICT organizations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Today, the member organizations represent 18 ICT organizations, across 14 countries. In addition to being an advocate for the ICT industry, IJMA3 works on projects in the field of ICT for Development (ICT4D), which aim to promote income generating opportunities and improved livelihoods for people across the MENA region, particularly youth.
The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.
WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.