More than 600 experts attend MENA ICT Forum in Amman
Amman, Sept.10 (Petra)
-- Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah, ICT Minister Muthana Gharaibeh, on Monday, opened the 2018 Middle East and North Africa Information and Communications Technology (MENA ICT) Forum entitled "The New IT Innovative Technology."
The gathering, organized by the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (int@j), brought together more than 600 local and international expert and representatives for ICT business leaders.
"The forum is an exceptional event as it brings together visionaries, business leaders and thought leaders in one space within a country whose leadership and citizens believe in technology and its ability to overcome many of the challenges we face," said Gharaibeh.
He pointed out that Jordan has limited natural resources and unlimited human resources, noting that Jordan, which has a population of 3 percent of the region's population, out of which are 23 percent business leader, has advanced 7 ranks in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index, moving from 70th place to 50th on the Global Competitiveness Report in just three years.
He stressed that Jordan has a strong, advanced and low-cost infrastructure that allows entrepreneurs and major companies to provide their services effectively and competitively. He noted that Jordanians form towns and villages outside the capital build software for health and education for other countries without having to leave their cities and villages.
Gharaibeh announced that civil status services is set to be fully automated by the end of this year.
Int@j Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bashar Hawamdeh, said the forum has currently become an ideal regional platform for acquiring knowledge and exchanging visions through direct communication with experts and decision-makers.
He added that this year's forum has a comprehensive title, "Innovative Technology", which discusses topics related to the technical development "we witness daily with the participation of local and international experts and specialists", as well as the participation of representatives of major local, regional and global companies.
Member of the board of directors of "Airbnb" and former Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai, said information, communication and globalization are becoming increasingly variable, as the world is changing rapidly and moving into a turning point, stressing that the change must be "decisive."
He added that classical information technology and its informative power are still the most influential technological aspect, stressing the importance of studying new information technology and innovative technology.
During the opening session, a "sketch" was screened on the importance of activating e-government services and not wasting more time. The forum also Jordan's youngest entrepreneur, Jaafar Wahba, who made a spontaneous speech on the importance of technology and the expected development in the Kingdom during the next 20 years.
"The forum is characterized by a wide range of speakers and experts in the ICT sector," said British expert Peter Hopwood. "We are looking forward to discussing the latest technology concepts that will be tackled during the forum sessions," he noted.
He added that this year's forum focuses on technology innovation, a topic that attracts large-scale technology enthusiasts in the region in line with their aspirations and passion to learn everything around them.
He suggested that the forum should be held annually, and not be limited to every two years, explaining that it places the Kingdom in an advanced position in the region.