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Fadi Chehadé Addresses WCIT Opening Ceremony in Dubai | 3 Dec 2012

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Mr. Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Al-Ghanim, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the ITU, excellencies, ministers, and heads of delegations.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored to address your distinguished conference today. Responding to a truly most gracious invitation from Mr. Mohamed Al-Ghanim, the Chairman of the conference, and the ITU Secretary General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré. Thank you.

I sincerely thank both of them on behalf of myself and Dr. Steve Crocker, Chairman of the Board of ICANN, who is here with us today, for their invitation to this historic opening ceremony.

I am here because I believe in the power of engagement. Engagement starts with listening and I'm here for that. It's a new season of engagement at ICANN and it's a new season of cooperation between ICANN and the ITU, which started recently at a meeting with Dr. Touré at the IGF in Baku. I recognize the ITU's deep impact on the development of the telecommunications industry and the broadband infrastructure of which we all benefit every day, especially in the developing world, the world I come from.

The ITU and ICANN have complementary roles, and moving forward we shall cooperate in good spirit while clearly respecting our distinct roles. I therefore join my fellow organisations, the ISOC, the IETF, the regional Internet registries in our continued deep commitment to service the world's needs for Internet governance.

Allow me to address you now in my mother tongue, Arabic.

I want to finish by saying the following. When I started at ICANN, I said we can build organisations either as fortresses or as oases. I invite you to join me in making our organisations open oases. The oasis is welcoming, it's open, it's vital, and that's what I intend to do. Remove the walls, open the windows, so that we can all participate together in building organisations that are welcoming, that are transparent, and I'm committed to that in front of all of you. I wish you the best with your conference.

Thank you.

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Fadi Chehadé Addresses WCIT Opening Ceremony in Dubai | 3 Dec 2012

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