In order to sustain research between Europe and Arab world, a network has been launched, with an announcement made in Belgium. The launch of the Arab Scientific Research and Education Network, or ASREN, was announced by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chair of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, or GAID. It was the third EU-MED event held in Brussels.
Putting the first milestone, the announcement marked a major step toward sustaining ICT infrastructure for research and education in the Mediterranean region and across Arab nations, according to a release dated April 4. ASREN will be a legal entity under the auspices of the League of Arab States and the United Nations. GAID to help secure sustainable e-infrastructures across the Arab world. Building on EUMEDCONNECT2, the high-capacity Internet network for research and education in the Mediterranean, which is co-funded by the European Commission, ASREN is designed to widen its geographical footprint by connecting other Arab national research and education networks. The seven present EUMEDCONNECT2 member countries include: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.