In his opening speech, His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, expressed his great appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for his keen interest and his continuous support for the Arab digital economy strategies, and for the pioneering Emirati role that It contributes to issues of development and advancement of the Arab nation, especially in the field of spreading a culture of excellence, innovation and continuous modernization. He also thanked and appreciated the team, His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who is always keen to follow up on this important file.
He noted the increasing importance of “the role of the digital economy and modern technology in being an aid to man and mankind and aiding him in completing many of his work and ensuring the continuation of the production wheel, especially after what the world witnessed after the outbreak of the current crisis (Covid 19), noting that in such stages that are characterized by With a rapid and sudden shift, risks and opportunities always loom, and risks such as an economic slowdown and a widening of the income gap between countries and within a single country. Moreover, opportunities are always more difficult to monitor and seize, especially under the pressure of the crisis, pointing out that the greatest opportunity in the atmosphere of transformation and crises is the possibility of change, because societies are more receptive to solutions that they did not know..Humans find themselves compelled to try unconventional ways to deal with crises…
He said: “It is too early to talk about the lessons of the experience while we are still going through it and suffering its consequences, but we can monitor some clear features of this exceptional event in contemporary history, which are features that are closely related to the topic of this conference, which is “digitization”, where His Excellency emphasized that these The features are represented by three main points, the first of which is that the pandemic has revealed the enormous potential offered by digital technology in dealing with an unconventional crisis of the size of the epidemic, and the impact of digital transformation has emerged in the use of digital technology applications in dealing with the health crisis and in managing different life systems at the time of the pandemic by relying on technology digital.”
As for the second feature, His Excellency said: “The shift towards the digitization of economies naturally preceded the Corona pandemic, which requires the Arab world to pay special attention to this accelerating trend globally, as he indicated that despite some successful experiences such as the UAE, the Arab world still suffers from a digital divide. The third aspect is the importance of the intense presence of digitization applications in the next stage, in the fields of education and employment, as the pandemic revealed huge possibilities for the use of digitization technology in education. Despite the difficulties we faced, the need for expansion and development in this field It is urgent, and the digital revolution will eliminate many jobs, but it will create new activities and jobs that did not exist and cannot even be imagined at this moment, which confirms the importance of technologies and digitalization and the need for balanced strategies.”
His Excellency concluded his speech by saying that “this conference and exhibition point to the way of the future in the next stage… and we need people like them in all corners of our Arab world… so that the spirit of innovation is born and thousands of Arab ideas and innovations are launched in all areas related to digital technology applications… I wish you success, I once again thank the United Arab Emirates and its conscious leadership, which always sets an example in advancing future prospects with boldness and confidence.”
The Conference and Exhibition of Digital Economy Technologies “Seamless 2020” will be held at the World Trade Center in Dubai and will continue on November 16-17, 2020 under the auspices of the League of Arab States and organized by Terrapin International Conferences Organization.
This year’s conference and exhibition session comes after the launch of the Arab Digital Economy Vision initiative in December 2018 in Abu Dhabi, and to complement the efforts of the Arab League in highlighting the role of advanced technologies in building social and economic systems in the region.
A large number of government officials and experts will participate in the conference to shed light on the latest technologies and challenges in the world of the digital revolution, through physical and virtual platforms for remote participation and live broadcasts of events and sessions.