Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah opens Global In­for­mat­ics Fo­rum 2016

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KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah Mon­day high­lighted im­por­tance of the Global In­for­mat­ics Fo­rum 2016 in de­vel­op­ing knowl­edge-based econ­omy.

In his in­au­gu­ral speech to the fo­rum, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad said the an­nual event, be­ing held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, plays a grow­ing role in inspiring in­no­va­tion and up­grad­ing the dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ment. The three-day event, themed “Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion to­ward Knowl­edge Econ­omy,” is or­ga­nized by His High­ness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah’s In­for­mat­ics Award at Ar­raya Ho­tel.

Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment

“The fo­rum falls in the frame­work of the vi­sion of His High­ness the Amir and the govern­ment of His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah for knowl­edge-based econ­omy and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” Sheikh Mo­ham­mad said.

“It aims to keep abreast with the rapid trans­for­ma­tions in the in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy (ICT) and the shift­ing from con­ven­tional into the un­con­ven­tional econ­omy,” the min­is­ter said, not­ing that the knowl­edge econ­omy has be­come a field of fierce com­pe­ti­tion among busi­nesses, whether public or pri­vate.

“The Fo­rum, which brought to­gether a large num­ber of lo­cal and global en­trepreneurs, CEOs, schol­ars and re­searchers in the var­i­ous ar­eas of in­for­mat­ics, high­lights the im­por­tance at­tached by the Kuwait govern­ment to the pro­mo­tion of knowl­edge econ­omy,” he added.

Mean­while, Dr Hus­sein Yusri, head of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, said the Fo­rum pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for young en­trepreneurs as well as lead­ing in­vestors to net­work and brain­storm ideas in the field of dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion.

The Fo­rum aims es­tab­lish mu­tu­ally-ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion among the var­i­ous es­tab­lish­ments and in­di­vid­u­als on a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els with a view to cre­at­ing an in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­ment that could turn Kuwait into an at­trac­tive cen­ter in dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion, Yusri added.

The agenda of the Fo­rum in­cludes 17 tech­ni­cal train­ing work­shops where par­tic­i­pants will share ex­pe­ri­ence and present their lat­est achieve­ments in an in­ter­ac­tive way. Dis­cus­sions fo­cus on such in­no­va­tions as the three-di­men­sion printer, vis­ual re­alty, aug­mented re­al­ity, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, ro­bot­ics, cloud com­put­ing, fi­nan­cial tech­niques and the e-govern­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

More than 400 male and fe­male stu­dents have at­tended work­shops and sem­i­nars that have been held un­der the um­brella of the fo­rum, Gen­eral Man­ager of Public Author­ity for Youth Ab­du­rahma Al-Mu­tairi said yes­ter­day.

The fo­rum aims at cre­at­ing an in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal

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en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages young peo­ple to ex­change their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences in var­i­ous fields of tech­nolo­gies and mar­ket­ing. Cre­at­ing such en­vi­ron­ment em­pow­ers the youth with the knowl­edge they needed on how to be­come great lead­ers, en­trepreneurs and busi­nessper­sons, he pointed out. In this fo­rum, ev­ery par­tic­i­pant is al­lowed to choose three work­shops to their lik­ing via the of­fi­cial web­site of the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs, he said. These work­shops are to fo­cus on top­ics such as: three-di­men­sion printer, vis­ual re­alty, aug­mented re­al­ity, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, ro­bot­ics, cloud com­put­ing, fi­nan­cial tech­niques and the e-govern­ment ap­pli­ca­tions. This year’s event is dis­tinc­tive for fea­tur­ing the ‘Mar­ket of Ideas’ ex­hi­bi­tion which will show­case the dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions by lo­cal, Arab and in­ter­na­tional es­tab­lish­ments, no­tably the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT).

A gen­eral view of of­fi­cials in at­ten­dance.

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah re­ceives a memento from Pres­i­dent of the Sec­re­tar­iat coun­cil of the Sheikh Salem AlAli In­for­mat­ics Award Sheikha Ai­dah Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah.

Dr Hus­sein Yusri, head of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee speaks dur­ing the event.

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