First Middle East Knowledge Economy Conference held in Jeddah

January 13, 2008

The 1st Middle East Knowledge Economy Conference and Exhibition was held at the Jeddah Hilton January 12-13.

The two-day event, titled “Towards a Knowledge Economy,” was organized by the Arabian Knowledge Economy Association (AKEA). It was actively supported by Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and held in collaboration with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Al-Aghar Group think tank. The conference is expected to be held annually.

In inaugural remarks to the conference yesterday, Prince Khalid expressed the hope that the event would boost ongoing efforts to promote knowledge-based economies in the Arab and Islamic world. The prince noted that becoming part of the new world order was no longer a choice but a necessity.

Other speakers included Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa and Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

AKEA is an international association that seeks to promote a vibrant, inclusive knowledge economy and sustainable economic development in the Arab world. AKEA’s goals include helping individuals and organizations to meet the challenges presented by the emerging knowledge, technology and global business environment and to realize its potential benefits.

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