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Merger and acquisition activity to be discussed at TMT Finance and Investment conference


The TMT Finance and Investment conference and awards ceremony, now in its fourth year, takes place at the Sharq Village Resort and Spa in Doha, Qatar, and is the largest annual gathering of telecom and technology executives, investors and advisers in the region. It features a high level debate which has significant influence on strategic decision making and investment in technology for the year ahead.

CEOs from leading companies involved in the telecoms sector will gather to debate strategy and mergers and acquisitions activity at the much anticipated TMT Finance & Investment Middle East event in Doha on April 26-27 (

The programme for 2010 reflects the strategic challenges for major telecommunication operators in the region, with sessions focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, Wireless Technology, Raising Finance, Africa, Asia, Mobile Broadband, Cloud Computing, Web 2.0, Mobile Payments and M-Health.

Karim Sabbagh, Global Practice Leader for Telecoms, at management consultancy Booz & Company, will chair the Telecom Leadership Round Table which opens the annual conference for telecom and technology executives, investors, bankers and advisers. The debate traditionally sets the corporate and investment agenda for the year ahead, by highlighting key strategy and opportunities in international and local markets.

Those speaking at the event this year HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman, Qtel, Akil Beshir, Chairman and CEO, Telecom Egypt; Ali Alahmed, Chief Strategy Officer, Etisalat; Vinod Kumar, President & COO, Tata Communications; Ghassan Hasbani, CEO, STC International; Grahame Maher, CEO, Vodafone Qatar; and Dr Hessa Al Jaber, Secretary General, ictQatar; with further announcements in the pipeline.

2010 is crucial for telecom operators seeking growth following the recession. Key themes for debate at the Telecom Leadership Round Table this year include whether M&A activity will be revived, how strategic investments can be funded, potential areas of innovation and how international operations can be integrated effectively.

“Four imperatives will come into even greater focus in 2010 for operators: revive growth momentum, accelerate innovation in services, harvest broadband potential and transform cost structures,” commented Karim Sabbagh. “Operators will need to develop the right capabilities to address these, if they are to continue growing in all their markets.”

TMT Finance & Investment Middle East 2010 is supported again this year by Qtel as Official Patron, as well as by Booz&Co as Conference Partner, Clifford Chance as M&A Advisers Panel Sponsor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qualcomm and Denton Wilde Sapte as Silver Sponsors, American Tower as Bronze Sponsor and Intel as Industry Sponsor.

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