Forum on the Knowledge Economy, 12-13 December 2017
The Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) hosted in collaboration with the High Commissioner for the Plan (HCP), a Forum on “The role of information toward knowledge Economy”. The Forum was attended by 140 participants and eight ministries in the Arab countries, public & private sectors, international organizations and national institutions.
Several experts and senior officials participated to the Forum, among them Mr Bakhti Jamal, Director of Planning in HCP. The Secretary General of the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting opened the forum by a speech, followed by papers presented by experts and researchers.
The forum addresses several key issues among them:
- The Role of Knowledge Economy in Organizing and Developing Small and Medium Enterprises, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship.
- The Big data and its role in the revolution of Knowledge.
- The role of research, innovation and finance in the knowledge economy to serve the green economy
- The objectives of sustainable development in the knowledge economy.
- The artificial intelligence and its main role
- Towards knowledge societies: Arab and international strategies and experiences.
- The competitive market and open data
- Moving toward a knowledge society
- Future prospects and challenges facing the knowledge-based industry.
ISESCO was represented by Mrs. Wafaa el Alami, Supervisor of the Center of Planning, Information, Documentation and Publishing (CPID) and Mrs. Maha Merezak, Head of ISESCO Center for Promotion of Scientific Research (ICPSR). Mrs Maha Merezak provides a presentation on “the ISESCO’s role in the promotion of Knowledge Economy: The key role of Higher Education”. The presentation focused on the knowledge economy program of ISESCO that was launched in 2010. This program consists of:
- Fostering innovation in the MENA countries,
- Governance and management of Science and Technology Parks (STP),
- Capacity building on Innovation policies, technology innovation,
- Entrepreneurial skills.
In the closing session, the Forum resulted in many recommendations, including:
- The use of technology, innovation and knowledge capabilities more effectively for sustainable development goals.
- The achievement the sustainable development goals in Arab Countries in the Horizon 2030.
- The development of policies and programs that assist institutions in developing their positions and objectives in a manner that ensures transformation.
- The invitation of institutions to organize awareness workshops on big data.
- The use of artificial intelligence platforms open to serve the industrial sector
- The sensitization of decision-makers in Arab countries to the advantages of artificial intelligence to prepare training programs.
The build of intelligent systems for industrial and service institutions.
The conference closed with general recommendations, among which the most important is the necessity of countries region to move towards the knowledge-based societies.