The Sultanate of Oman is actively participated in the WSIS from the beginning, in WSIS Summits in 2003 Geneva and 2005 in Tunis. In the second phase, Oman was one of the financial contributing countries to the Summit and also participated in the exhibition along with more than 300 countries. Since then, the Sultanate is committed to work towards achieving the WSIS goals, and to drive the information society initiatives in all walks of life; bridging the digital divide through capacity building in order to develop Oman knowledge society. In addition, the e.oman strategy pillars are aligned with WSIS action lines. The Sultanate has been participating in all WSIS events through following the process activities, attending the process meetings and relevant activities such as the WSIS Forum.
The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
- Geneva Phase: 10-12 December 2003:
The objective of the first phase was to develop and foster a clear statement of political will and take concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all, reflecting all the different interests at stake.Nearly 50 Heads of state/government and Vice-Presidents, 82 Ministers, and 26 Vice-Ministers from 175 countries as well as high-level representatives from international organizations, private sector, and civil society attended the Geneva Phase of WSIS and gave political support to the Geneva Declaration of Principles and Geneva Plan of Action that were adopted on 12 December 2003. More than 11,000 participants from 175 countries attended the Summit and related events.
- Tunis Phase: 16-18 November 2005:
The objective of the second phase was to put Geneva's Plan of Action into motion as well as to find solutions and reach agreements in the fields of Internet governance, financing mechanisms, and follow-up and implementation of the Geneva and Tunis documents.
Nearly 50 Heads of state/government and Vice-Presidents and 197 Ministers, Vice Ministers and Deputy Ministers from 174 countries as well as high-level representatives from international organizations, private sector, and civil society attended the Tunis Phase of WSIS and gave political support to the Tunis Commitment and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society that were adopted on 18 November 2005. More than 19,000 participants from 174 countries attended the Summit and related events. ( More: http://www.itu.int/wsis/index.html)