Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah opens Global Informatics Forum 2016
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.
“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
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.