‘Knowl­edge, in­for­ma­tion driver of fu­ture economies’

MBRF’S Chief Ex­ec­u­tive de­clared that the knowl­edge sum­mit has changed a lot of con­cepts in the past years and helped en­hance knowl­edge in its dif­fer­ent shapes

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DUBAI: The fifth an­nual Knowl­edge Sum­mit, or­gan­ised by the Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Knowl­edge Foun­da­tion (MBRF), con­cluded on Thurs­day as Fu­tur­ists in­clud­ing representatives from the United Nations De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) and MBRF iden­ti­ied Knowl­edge and In­for­ma­tion as driver of fu­ture economies.

Khaled Ab­del Shafi, Di­rec­tor, Re­gional Hub for Arab States, UNDP, high­lighted the in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role played by knowl­edge in the de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­eties, “As we strive to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, knowl­edge is our strong ally. Its ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­ops ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ex­pands op­por­tu­ni­ties in mul­ti­ple sec­tors of our lives, from ed­u­ca­tion to econ­omy to tech­nol­ogy.”

MBRF’S Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ja­mal Bin Huwaireb de­clared that the knowl­edge sum­mit has changed a lot of con­cepts in the past years and helped en­hance knowl­edge in its dif­fer­ent shapes.

He an­nounced, “The 2018 edi­tion of the Global Knowl­edge In­dex is a tes­ti­mony of our ef­forts in paving the way for pi­o­neer­ing projects and ini­tia­tives that catal­yse our so­ci­eties’ ef­fort to­wards pro­duc­ing, dis­sem­i­nat­ing and lo­cal­iz­ing knowl­edge in the world.”

He added that un­der the um­brella of the part­ner­ship be­tween UNDP and MBRF and within the Knowl­edge for All pro­ject, sig­ni­icant suc­cess was achieved over the years that led to ex­pand­ing the scope of work to cover 134 coun­tries in the 2018 edi­tion of GKI.

He stated that the UAE is headed for Vi­sion 2030 and the re­sults of the Global Knowl­edge In­dex prove that the UAE is on the right track.

Dr Hany Torky, Chief Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser of the Arab Knowl­edge Pro­ject, noted “Data can help the Arab re­gion speed up de­vel­op­ment in the right di­rec­tion, em­brac­ing the tech­nol­ogy of the fu­ture, where the Global Knowl­edge In­dex also plays an im­por­tant role in en­cour­ag­ing the coun­tries to make their data avail­able.”

He also high­lighted the crit­i­cal role played by dif­fer­ent ed­u­ca­tional sec­tors and its ef­fect on the other sec­tors, namely in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy and econ­omy.

The Global Knowl­edge In­dex serves as a roadmap for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­eties. It helps coun­tries in the re­gion and glob­ally to for­mu­late a for­ward-think­ing strat­egy to sup­port knowl­edge and pro­mote it as a main com­po­nent in build­ing a stronger knowl­edge econ­omy while en­sur­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

“This pro­ject shows the keen­ness of the UAE lead­er­ship and peo­ple to keep up with sci­en­tiic de­vel­op­ment in prepa­ra­tion for the fu­ture,” Torky added.

The Sum­mit also high­lighted UNDP and MBRF’S lat­est achieve­ments in pro­duc­ing the world’s irst Fu­ture of Knowl­edge: A Fore­sight Re­port, which is a pilot study on the fu­ture ields of knowl­edge that will shape the trans­for­ma­tion of knowl­edge so­ci­eties.

Ja­mal Bin Huwaireb said the UAE is headed for Vi­sion 2030 and the re­sults of the Global Knowl­edge In­dex prove that the na­tion is on the right track.

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