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    A conference of Arab communication ministers opened on Monday (12 April) at Arab League headquarters in Cairo to discuss the establishment of an Arab network for satellite communications.

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    A conference of Arab communication ministers opened on Monday (12 April) at Arab League headquarters in Cairo to discuss the establishment of an Arab network for satellite communications.

    The main part of the conference will be taken up in discussion of a study presented by the League. The study points out the need for careful planning of such a network and emphasises the importance of compatibility with latest international developments in the field of communications satellites.

    The ministers have expressed the hope that the network will be in operation next year. They estimate the cost of the project at 150-million U.S. dollars (GBP 80-million sterling).

    The ministers see the project as one of the most notable of all in the field of Pan-Arab economic and technical co-operation.

    According to the Arab States Broadcasting Union, 50-million adult Arabs are illiterate. This figure represents 70 per cent of the over-20 population.

    The ministers believe that a satellite communications network can help considerably in bringing down this illiteracy figure.

    Most Arab governments have been emphasising the educational aspect of the project but the Arab Telecommunications Union is also envisaging something like 7,000 high-quality telephone and telex channels inter-connecting all the Arab capitals.

    From the political point of view, this possibility is being seen by the Arabs as another advantage in their drive towards greater unity and strength.

    SYNOPSIS: The Arab League headquarters building in Cairo is the venue of an Arab communication ministers conference which opened on Monday. The conference was called to discuss the establishment of an Arab network for satellite communications which will bring together some 100-million Arabs spread from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea in an elongated strip of earth stretching 5,000 miles.

    The ministers are expected to spend most of the conference time in discussing a study presented by the Arab League. The study points out the need for careful planning of a satellite communications network and emphasises the importance of compatibility with latest international developments in this field. The ministers are hoping that the network will be in operation next year.

    The ministers see the project as one of the most notable of all in the field on Pan-Arab economic and technical co-operation. They expect it to help considerably in reducing illiteracy in the Arab world through educational television programmes. But while Arab governments have been emphasising the educational aspects of the project, the Arab Telecommunications Union has been looking forward to the use of 7,000 high-quality telephone and telex channels inter-connecting all the Arab capitals.

    The project is expected to cost 150-million U.S. dollars. But, according to one Arab telecommunications expert, it will be worth it since such a network could be the infrastructure of Arab unity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABPPBFQU7FMJJBHXBMJRHF5IOT
    Media URN:
    VLVABPPBFQU7FMJJBHXBMJRHF5IOT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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