In­dus­try lead­ers dis­cuss im­pact of ICT in­no­va­tion

Huawei Mid­dle East In­no­va­tion Day

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Huawei 1st In­no­va­tion Day in the Mid­dle East, a con­fer­ence or­ga­nized on the side­lines of GITEX 2016, saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of key de­ci­sion mak­ers from the lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ICT and en­ter­prise or­ga­ni­za­tions who came to­gether to dis­cuss how ICT is shap­ing the fu­ture of the re­gion.

Un­der the theme “Lead­ing New ICT - Shape the Fu­ture”, in­dus­try lead­ers dis­cussed the role of ICT in­no­va­tion in driv­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion agenda, sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of key sec­tors and con­tribut­ing to the achieve­ment of na­tional ini­tia­tives and vi­sions across the re­gion. The event kicked off with a wel­come ad­dress by David Har­mon, Vice-Pres­i­dent of Global Pub­lic Af­fairs at Huawei, in which he praised GCC gov­ern­ments for set­ting a clear pri­or­ity to en­cour­age an en­tre­pre­neur­ial so­ci­ety that helps drive GDP growth, job pros­per­ity and in­no­va­tive ser­vices that solve ev­ery­day prob­lems for their cit­i­zens.

The event in­cluded a panel discussion ti­tled ‘Lead­ing New ICT - Shape the Fu­ture’, led by Roland Sladek, Vice Pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Af­fairs at Huawei, and in­cluded a num­ber of lead­ers from across the spec­trum of the ICT in­dus­try, from gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties, op­er­a­tors, chan­nels, part­ners and academia.

In­no­va­tion Day panelists in­cluded vi­sion­ar­ies and global thought lead­ers in­clud­ing Fer­had Pa­tel, direc­tor of the Re­seller Chan­nel Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Asia Pa­cific and Ja­pan at In­tel Cor­po­ra­tion; Mar­wan Ab­dulla Bin Dal­mook, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Man­aged Ser­vices Op­er­a­tions of Smart City and Smart Gov­ern­ment Ini­tia­tive Lead at du; Fa­hem Al Nuaimi, CEO, Ank­abut; Eric Woods, Re­search direc­tor at Nav­i­gant Re­search; Dr Anas Na­j­dawi, Chair of eBusi­ness pro­gram, Cana­dian Univer­sity of Dubai; Safder Nazir, Re­gional VP, Smart Cities at Huawei; and Xiao Peng, CEO of Pe­ga­sus.

Huawei ME In­no­va­tion Day also saw the launch of Huawei’s Smart City In­dex, which was de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Nav­i­gant Re­search and pro­vided an as­sess­ment on the state of smart readi­ness across Gulf States. The study looked at ICT in­fra­struc­ture in ma­jor cities and eval­u­ated their readi­ness for the next level of smart city adop­tion. “In­no­va­tion has played a key role in Huawei’s suc­cess and ex­pan­sion over the last 30 years. The com­pany has in­vested around $30 bil­lion just in the last ten years on re­search and devel­op­ment, and has launched 16 R&D cen­ters worldwide along with 36 joint in­no­va­tion cen­ters,” said Charles Yang, Pres­i­dent of Huawei Mid­dle East. “In­no­va­tion is a fun­da­men­tal el­e­ment in to­day’s in­tel­li­gent revo­lu­tion and a key en­abler for ICT devel­op­ment. In­no­va­tion Day is a re­flec­tion of Huawei’s deep com­mit­ment to col­lab­o­rate closely with all play­ers from across the in­dus­try and to build an ecosys­tem that brings closer to a bet­ter con­nected world.”

Spacelee, VP of Pub­lic Re­la­tions at Huawei Mid­dle East, de­liv­ered a speech on the in­creas­ing fo­cus by re­gional gov­ern­ments in de­vel­op­ing smart city ini­tia­tives and demon­strated how in­tel­li­gent in­no­va­tion is chang­ing in­dus­tries, skillsets and tra­di­tional ways of do­ing things. Gov­ern­ments are look­ing to ICT in­no­va­tion to cre­ate more ef­fi­cient ser­vices, pro­vide con­ve­nience and ul­ti­mately en­sure the safety and hap­pi­ness of their peo­ple.

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