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UNESCO to host International Conference and Exhibition on Knowledge Parks in Doha

25-03-2008 (Paris)
UNESCO to host International Conference and Exhibition on Knowledge Parks in Doha
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Using information and communication technology to foster entrepreneurship, improve education and empower individuals in developing countries will be the subject of the International Conference and Exhibition on Knowledge Parks, that UNESCO will be hosting in Doha, Qatar, from 29 to 31 March.
Organized with Qatar Foundation and ictQATAR along with intergovernmental, academic and business partners, [*] the Conference is intended to raise awareness regarding the potential of ICT-based Knowledge Parks to help create knowledge societies; societies in which technology is harnessed towards the creation, preservation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for the empowerment of individuals and communities. Knowledge Parks are facilities designed to stimulate ICT research and innovation while fostering enterprise.

The conference also aims to contribute to the development of regional policies, guidelines and activities. It will notably draw on the examples of Qatar Foundation’s Education City and the Qatar Science and Technology Park.

Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Communication and Information, will open the Conference (9 a.m., 29 March). Two keynote addresses will then be given by Tidu Maini, CEO of Qatar’s Science and Technology Park, Bader Omar Al Dafa, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA; and Mohsen Khalil, Director at the joint World Bank and International Finance Corporation Global Information and Communication Technologies Department (InfoDev).

Other notable keynote addresses will be given by Benjamin A. Ntim, Ghana’s Minister of Communication; Asha Kanwar (COL), Chan M Khoong (ictQATAR), Rinalia Abdul Rahim (GKP) and Roberto Carneiro (Grupo Forum) on 30 and 31 March, 9 a.m.

During nine plenary sessions, the participants, including education ministers from the region and beyond, are also scheduled to examine best practices concerning ICT and knowledge parks and their applications to developing countries. The event will also feature 36 parallel side events, eight exhibitions and high-level partnership-building meetings.

The Conference will focus on three areas in particular: ICT Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship, Digital Knowledge Management, and ICT for Development with particular emphasis on education, science, youth and gender. A group of 28 young participants has been invited to the Conference events by UNESCO through nominations made by Microsoft, DOT, GKP, GAID and InfoDev.


* InfoDev (The World Bank Group), Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), Asian e-University (AeU), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Digital Opportunity Trust, Commission for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Microsoft, Intel, Apple, Inc., Cisco, Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).
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