Drugs and crime

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Date: 12 - 06 - 2024

Cairo

Source: Al-Wafd newspaper

Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri

Many studies and research indicate that there is a close relationship between the spread of drug abuse and high crime rates. However, determining the nature of this relationship, whether it is causal or merely correlational, remains a complex topic, especially with the high rate of abuse among young people around the world. Statistics in Egypt indicate that the rate of abuse is 45.1% among the age group from 15 to 20 years, and 34.1% among the age group from 20 to 30 years, and 14.02% of cases began at the age of less than 15 years, which reflects The seriousness of the situation with the increase in addiction rates and the resulting increase in crime rates.

Drug abuse is not just an isolated act, but rather a problem whose effects extend to the fabric of society as a whole, as addiction leads to the deterioration of social values ​​and an increase in crime rates such as theft and burglary, while the addict searches for money by any means to buy drugs. These crimes cannot be considered merely individual incidents, but rather as part of a broader criminal system, in which addicted groups engage in organized criminal activities, which increases the complexity of the security landscape.

The matter does not stop at the physical need for drugs, but rather extends to the profound psychological effects caused by narcotic substances. Cocaine and heroin, for example, cause severe psychological and behavioral changes that cause users to behave violently and aggressively, making them more likely to commit violent crimes. These aggressive behaviors are just part of a vicious cycle of addiction-related violence and crime.

On the other hand, other factors may contribute to creating an environment conducive to drug abuse and crime, such as poverty, unemployment, social and economic conditions, as well as exposure to violence or neglect in childhood. Data show that high crime rates may be linked to a weak rule of law and increase in places where law enforcement opportunities are weak or absent.

The Egyptian state did not remain silent in the face of the rising phenomenon of addiction, but rather made great efforts to combat drug abuse and crime. In 2018, the Egyptian government launched a national anti-drug campaign with the aim of reducing the spread of this phenomenon and treating addicts. The state’s strategy is to develop an effective justice system, enhance cooperation between law enforcement agencies, provide job opportunities for young people, and improve social and economic conditions, in addition to providing awareness and education programs to spread awareness of the dangers of drugs and crime and promote positive values ​​among young people.

These efforts resulted in positive results, as the rate of drug abuse decreased to 5.9% in 2023 compared to 10.2% in 2014. The addiction rate also decreased to 2.4% in 2023 compared to 3.4% in 2014. The government also provided Free treatment services for 813.1 thousand addiction patients in treatment centers during the period from 2014 to 2022, in addition to increasing the number of treatment and rehabilitation centers for addiction patients by 133.3%, bringing their number to 28 centers in 2021 compared to 12 centers in 2014.

In general, the current data require policy makers to consider several considerations to effectively confront this complex phenomenon. Emphasis must be placed on strengthening preventive and awareness-raising programs in schools and local communities to spread awareness about the dangers of drugs and their impact on the individual and society, including using social and digital media more effectively to reach the youth segment, especially in remote and deprived areas, and educate them about the dangers of drugs in interactive and attractive ways.

Rehabilitation programs should be reconsidered to include psychological and social support for addicts after the end of the treatment period, with a focus on providing job opportunities and vocational training to ensure that they do not return to addiction and crime.

It is necessary to improve the economic infrastructure and build partnerships between the public and private sectors to create sustainable job opportunities for young people, including encouraging entrepreneurship and providing incentives for companies to employ young people, including specialized vocational training programs that suit the needs of the local and global market. It is also important to invest in scientific research to study the behavioral and psychological patterns associated with addiction, with the aim of developing advanced treatment strategies based on scientific data and evidence.

Finally, strengthening international cooperation in combating drug smuggling is important, developing mechanisms for exchanging information and successful experiences between countries, organizing joint campaigns to pursue drug traffickers and dismantling criminal networks that operate across borders, in addition to supporting local communities to develop self-initiatives to combat addiction and crime in innovative and sustainable ways.

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy signs a joint memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the initiative to establish an Arab incubator for artificial intelligence projects

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Date: 09 - 06 - 2024

Cairo

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy concluded a memorandum of understanding with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, the Arab Organization for Information and Communication Technologies , the Arab Federation for the Internet and Communications, and the Union of Arab Scientific Research Councils at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States in Cairo.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the Arab Federation for the Digital Economy by His Excellency Ambassador Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader, Secretary-General of the Federation. The Arab Organization for Communication and Information Technology, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, the Arab Federation, the Arab Federation for Internet and Communication, and the Union of Arab Scientific Research Councils also signed the agreement.

This project is the first of its kind in the Arab region in terms of unifying the efforts of the specialized bodies that established it. It aims to develop the capabilities of Arab youth, motivate them to be creative and innovative, and provide the necessary technological, cognitive and financial support to finance these ideas and initiatives into real projects and marketable commercial products in the Arab countries that are members of the League of Nations. Arabic, and contribute to transforming the ICT sector in the Arab region from a consumer sector to a productive sector.

 

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy participates in the meeting of the 117th regular session of the Council of Arab Economic Unity

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Date: 06 - 06 - 2024

Cairo

The Council of Arab Economic Unity held its 117th session on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Cairo at the level of ministers and permanent representatives, headed by His Excellency Ambassador Muhannad Abdel Karim Al-Aklouk, Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the League of Arab States, and with the participation of Their Excellencies the presidents and representatives of the Arab countries that are members of the Council of Arab Economic Unity. Arab Economic Union, in the presence of His Excellency Ambassador Mohammadi Ahmed El-Ni, Secretary-General of the Council, and with the participation of specialized Arab federations working within the framework of the Council of Arab Economic Unity.

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy, a member of the Forum of Specific and Specialized Arab Federations in the League of Arab States, participated with a delegation headed by Ambassador/Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader, Secretary-General of the Federation, in the ministerial meeting of the Council of Arab Economic Unity.

The meeting discussed the general policies and the executive plan for the scope of work of the Council of Arab Economic Unity in the next stage. The meeting presented the work project for Arab companies operating within the scope of the Council, and the preparation of the second forum to promote investment opportunities for the public and private sectors in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The topic of the electronic portal for Arab trade was also presented. The Council issued a special decision to complete the updating of the lists of specific Arab federations.

The Council also decided to postpone consideration of the nominations of member states for the position of Assistant Secretary-General of the Council until the next session and to prepare a comprehensive study of the organizational structure of the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Economic Unity. The Council was also informed of the request of the Arab Federation of Accountants and Auditors to host the 60th periodic meeting of the specific Arab federations specialized in Baghdad, Republic of Iraq, in October 2024.

 

A coordination meeting with the Ministry of Commerce in the Republic of Iraq to discuss ways of cooperation in the Arab food market

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Date: 06 - 06 - 2024

Abu Dhabi

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy, a member of the Forum of Specific and Specialized Arab Federations of the League of Arab States, held a coordination meeting with the Ministry of Commerce in the Republic of Iraq, to ​​discuss ways of cooperation in the projects implemented by the Union.

The meeting included discussion of a number of important topics, including: Strengthening cooperation in implementing the e-commerce project and the Arab digital food market platform for the benefit of the Arab region.

This project comes in the context of the fifty initiatives and projects emanating from the Arab vision for the digital economy, which was announced for the first time at the International Conference for the Arab Digital Economy, which was held in Abu Dhabi in December 2018, under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State. God” which aims to advance digital economic development, as a step to pave the way towards building a sustainable digital economy in the region, which was approved at the Leaders’ Summit in Algeria in November 2022.

The meeting was attended by His Excellency Ambassador Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader, Secretary-General of the Arab Federation for the Digital Economy, and His Excellency Dr. Hussein Ali Musa, the commercial attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Cairo, Mr. Majid Hamid, Director of Arab and International Organizations at the Ministry of Commerce in the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Ayman Mukhtar Ghoneim, Assistant Secretary of the Union, and representatives of both parties.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that food security constitutes one of the major challenges facing the Arab peoples and the world as a whole, and the importance of economic and investment integration between Arab countries to achieve food security in its various dimensions and components and to deal with the challenges that were reflected in the Arab countries due to international changes.

Representatives of the Ministry of Commerce expressed the importance of the initiative because of the solutions it provides to enhance food security and link exporters, importers, and all suppliers of supporting services within the Arab Food Market Initiative, and it was agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two parties.

 

Investing in technical education

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Date: 05 - 06 - 2024

Cairo

Source: Al-Wafd newspaper

Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri

In recent decades, the world has witnessed tremendous transformations driven by technological progress and innovation, and this has led to an increase in demand for skilled talent in the technical and craft fields. These competencies have become the backbone of economic and social development, as the success of the modern economy depends heavily on the availability of skilled labor. In this context, investment in technical education is an imperative necessity to achieve sustainable development and achieve economic goals.
In Egypt, technical and artistic education has witnessed remarkable development in recent years. The country has adopted a comprehensive strategy to enhance technical education in line with the latest international systems and programmes. This strategy aims to increase the percentage of outstanding students enrolled in technical education in the preparatory stage to 20% by 2030, as well as raising the percentage of technical education graduates who work in their field of specialization to 80%.
Statistics indicate a noticeable increase in the number of technical education schools in Egypt, reaching 3,114 schools in the 2022-2023 academic year, compared to 1,995 schools in 2013-2014. Many modern technological universities have also been established in Egypt, equipped with the latest technologies and laboratories, which focus on providing specialized educational programs in the fields of engineering, technology, and applied sciences. This expansion of educational infrastructure is a strategic step to meet the needs of the local and international market, as statistics indicate that 85% of future jobs will require technical skills.
What global trends confirm is that technical education may play a vital role in supporting the national economy. For example, European countries rely heavily on the technical and vocational education system to build a strong industrial base and support innovation. According to a study conducted by the International Labor Organization, technical education can reduce unemployment rates among youth by up to 30%, and contribute to raising the standard of living and improving the quality of life. In addition, the World Bank notes that technical education can contribute to promoting entrepreneurship. Students acquire skills that enable them to establish their own projects, and contribute to the development of the national economy and the creation of new job opportunities.
Investing in technical education is not only a solution to the unemployment problem, it is also a major driver of innovation and productivity. A report issued by the World Economic Forum shows that countries that invest in technical education achieve 20% higher economic growth rates compared to countries that neglect this sector. These statistics confirm that technical education is not just an educational sector, but rather a basis for achieving economic stability and sustainable development.
To achieve the desired goals of this investment, decision-makers in Egypt must develop school curricula to keep pace with rapid developments in the technical and craft fields, especially those related to artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Internet of Things. An educational environment must be provided that encourages creativity and innovation, while enhancing communication and critical thinking skills among students. In addition, technical education must be linked to the labor market through continuous training and qualification programs. To achieve real and sustainable change in the structure of the Egyptian economy, there must be close cooperation between the government and the private sector to support investment in technical education.
In general, technical education is an essential tributary to economic and social development. Investing in it is no longer just an option, but has become an urgent necessity to achieve economic prosperity and sustainable development in Egypt. Commitment to a clear vision and a solid strategy are the keys that will enable Egypt to lead the development engine in the region and achieve a bright future for its people.

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy discusses ways of cooperation with the Arab Tourism Organization and the League of Arab States

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Date: 29 - 05 - 2024

Abu Dhabi

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy, a member of the Executive Office of the Forum of Specific and Specialized Arab Federations at the League of Arab States, held a coordination meeting with the Arab Tourism Organization at the League of Arab States, to discuss ways of cooperation in achieving the goals of digital transformation in the tourism sector in the Arab region.

The meeting was attended by His Excellency Minister Sherif Fathi Attia, Secretary-General of the Arab Tourism Organization, His Excellency Ambassador Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader, Secretary-General of the Arab Federation for the Digital Economy, and Dr. Ayman Mukhtar Ghoneim, Secretary General of the Arab Federation for the Digital Economy, and representatives of both sides.

The meeting discussed the preparation of a project to digitize tourism destinations in the Arab region, which serves the common aspirations towards enhancing tourism as an engine for economic development. The initiative of the Arab Tourism Organization was adopted, which relates to the comprehensiveness of contemporary Arab tourist destinations, with the aim of confronting the increasing intensity of competition by developing tourist destinations in Arab countries by presenting… Shedding light on the foundations and standards of quality and how to benefit from these destinations to achieve competitiveness with developed tourism countries through the integration of technology and smart planning of cities and tourist destinations to achieve sustainability and economic development.

 

Food security challenges in Egypt

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Date: 29 - 05 - 2024

Cairo

Source: Al-Wafd newspaper

Dr. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri

Egypt faces a set of complex challenges in its quest to achieve food security, and these challenges are becoming more complex in light of the current global crises. Despite the great efforts made by the Egyptian government, many obstacles continue to affect these endeavours.

One of the most prominent challenges is the lack of water resources. Egypt relies heavily on the Nile River, which supplies it with about 53 billion cubic meters of water annually, which is not enough to meet agricultural, economic, and human needs in light of rapid population growth and climate change. Egypt needs more than 50 billion cubic meters additional to meet the requirements of agricultural development and get out of the cycle of water poverty. Continuing water shortages will lead to a reduction in cultivated areas and lower agricultural productivity, and will hinder meeting the basic food needs of the population.

Then, the phenomenon of desertification exacerbates the problem, as the soil loses its fertility as a result of mismanagement of natural resources and climate change, and reduces the land’s ability to produce agricultural production. Egypt relies heavily on importing grains, oils, and other food commodities, which makes it vulnerable to global price fluctuations and increases food security risks.

The challenges are not limited to natural resources only, but also include high agricultural production costs. Egyptian farmers face rising prices for fertilisers, seeds, pesticides, energy and labour, which reduces their profitability and reduces their incentives to produce. Weak agricultural infrastructure, including irrigation, drainage, roads and storage systems, also contributes to production losses and food waste.

Climate changes add another layer of complexity, as droughts, floods and other extreme weather events negatively impact agricultural productivity. Despite these challenges, global crises such as the war in Ukraine and the events in Gaza double the difficulties that Egypt faces in achieving food security.

The Egyptian government has made great efforts to address these challenges, by increasing investments in the agricultural sector, improving irrigation techniques, and developing new varieties of crops. The government also supported farmers by providing fertilizers and seeds at subsidized prices, in addition to low-interest financing services, and strengthened integration between the various production, transportation, storage, and marketing sectors. It also launched several national programs to combat poverty and malnutrition by providing food to the needy and improving health care.

It is necessary for the Egyptian government to look at successful global experiences in managing water resources and achieving food security. Sustainable planning, whether in the short or long term, can contribute to increasing agricultural and industrial exports, and reduce the gap between exports and imports. The latest reports from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics show that the value of Egyptian imports will rise to $94.5 billion in 2022, an increase of $5.3 billion over the previous year, which highlights the need for effective strategies to reduce dependence on imports.

Achieving food security in Egypt requires comprehensive national efforts that include the government, the private sector, and civil society. Joint sectoral cooperation and proactive work to transform challenges into opportunities are the main means through which Egypt can overcome current obstacles and achieve sustainable successes in the future.

An unprecedented increase in global spending on mental health

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Date: 27 - 05 - 2024

Abu Dhabi

Source: Mufakiru Alemarat

Dr. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri

A report by the Lancet Medical Commission indicates that mental disorders will cost the global economy approximately $16 trillion by 2030; This is in light of the presence of more than two billion people worldwide who suffer from mental illnesses. A previous study conducted by the World Economic Forum and the Harvard School of Public Health indicated that the world will witness an unprecedented increase in global spending on treating psychological and mental health diseases. Reaching $6 trillion by the same year.

What is striking is the large proportion of cases in which mental health affects daily life, with major depression expected to become the main cause of the burden of disease globally in the next six years. Recent studies indicate that one-third of the years in which individuals suffer from disabilities are due to mental health problems, and that one-eighth of the years of “healthy” life lost globally are due to psychological problems, and that approximately 14.3 percent of deaths worldwide, or eight Millions of deaths annually, resulting from mental health problems.

Studies also show that individuals with severe psychological conditions have significantly lower life expectancies, primarily due to preventable physical ailments. These alarming statistics are compounded by large treatment gaps, especially in low-income countries; For example, about 71 percent of individuals with psychosis (i.e., those who suffer from hallucinatory episodes, delusions, and thought disorder) lack mental health services. According to estimates; Countries still spend less than 2 percent of their health budgets on mental health, even though the burden of disease may require spending about 10 percent of the budget to deal with.

The World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization, which includes health ministers from 194 member states, adopted a comprehensive plan of action for mental health 2013-2030, in which it set ambitious goals to transform the global approach to dealing with mental health, provide care and psychosocial support services, and enhance Mental health research and data collection systems. According to the opinions of specialists; Progress on this plan, and change on the ground around the world, remains slow, and mental health remains one of the most neglected areas of public health, with insufficient funding and resource allocations, despite the vital role that good mental health plays. In supporting the broader goals of economic and social development of communities and countries.

All of these data have prompted an assessment of the impact of this issue on work systems at the national level, and necessarily require the adoption of comprehensive national policies that view mental health as a vital component of community health and safety. For these policies to succeed, governments must first work to ensure equitable access to mental health services, address disparities among different populations, and seek to remove barriers to accessing these services, including physical, cultural, and linguistic barriers. In this context, the role of technology in providing digital platforms that provide psychiatric services for treatment, early intervention, and ongoing support cannot be underestimated. Digital applications can be the preferred channels for accessing mental health services, especially if we take into account the hesitant nature of personalization for fear of social stigma.

National policies must also extend beyond traditional healthcare systems, and consider the broader contexts of public health, and the role of other sectors such as education, employment, justice and social services in treatment, prevention and early intervention; The role of these sectors remains the most important and prominent in addressing the broader social determinants affecting an individual’s mental health.

It is very important to support and fund research projects and the development of new treatments to gain a better understanding of causal relationships and contributing factors to mental illness. Research must include exploring the impact of social and economic factors such as poverty, unemployment, social isolation, and discrimination, and the effectiveness of various policies in improving targeted outcomes. These efforts must coincide with investment in improving the quality of data and information to enable the collection of accurate and up-to-date data, and enable effective planning and evaluation of policies and programmes.

National policies must support media and educational campaigns, both direct and indirect. To encourage individuals to seek help, and increase community awareness on the issue of mental health by employing awareness-raising advertisements in the media, organizing educational events and workshops, and exploiting the power of social media; Public policies must also encourage work environments to provide programs that enhance employees’ mental health, and provide them with sufficient understanding and awareness to deal with personal psychological pressures, or with potential situations in their surroundings. These programs and work policies can help employees manage stress and improve psychological balance.

Overall, these strategic inputs collectively challenge policy makers in the Arab region to redefine the issue of mental health and consider it a pillar of progress and development. Implementing such policies requires close cooperation between government institutions, civil society, the private sector, and different population segments. Creating such collaborative circles can contribute to expanding the range of services available and ensuring the provision of high-quality care that is accessible to all. To act as complementary links to achieving economic stability priorities and ensuring the success of comprehensive and sustainable development policies.

Ambassador Mohamed Khair: The data economy has an important role in strengthening Arab economic systems

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Date: 27 - 05 - 2024

Cairo

The Arab Federation for the Digital Economy participated in the meeting with a high-level delegation headed by Ambassador Mohamed Khair Abdel Qader, Secretary-General of the Union, who spoke at the opening session of the 59th regular meeting of specialized Arab federations operating under the scope of the Council of  Arab Economic  Unity , headed by Ambassador Mohamed Ahmed El-Ni.

Ambassador Mohamed Khair stressed the importance of the role required of  the Arab federations  within the framework of the joint Arab action system in the next stage.

The Secretary-General of the Arab Union for  the Digital Economy  presented a working paper entitled (The Data Economy and its Role in Strengthening  Arab Economic  Systems ), explaining the challenges facing the data economy in the Arab world… and within the framework of the tasks and competencies of the Arab Union for the Digital Economy.

He pointed to the Arab vision for  the digital economy  prepared by the Union and welcomed by the Arab Summit in Algiers, November 2022, as a reference and regulatory framework for digital transformation in the economies of Arab countries. He pointed to the most important projects of this vision, including the Arab Digital Food Market Initiative, and extended an invitation to the companies concerned and working within the framework of  the Arab unions  to register in The digital Arab food platform, which aims to achieve food security in the Arab region.

 

With Arab and foreign participation…the launch of the activities of the International Scientific Conference on Digital Transformation in Damascus

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Date: 27 - 05 - 2024

Syria

With Arab and foreign participation, the activities of the International Scientific Conference on Digital Transformation and its Implications were launched today On sustainable development, which is organized by the Faculty of Economics at the University of Damascus, in cooperation with the National Union of Syrian Students and the “Interactive” Foundation for Exhibitions and Conferences.

The conference, which will be held over three days in the Damascus University amphitheater, highlights contemporary research and experiences in the field of digital transformation and its role in sustainable development, methods of applying it in all fields, the digital economy and its impact in promoting economic growth, the role of electronic management in achieving sustainable development, and the transformation strategy. Digital in the government sector, and the challenges facing the accounting and auditing profession in light of digital developments.

Researchers and specialists from many countries are participating in the conference, including Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, the Sultanate of Oman, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Iran, India, and the United Kingdom, in addition to the participation of a number of ministries, government agencies, institutions, and private companies in Syria.

In his speech during the opening, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Bassam Ibrahim, affirmed the Ministry’s endeavor to establish quality foundations in its educational institutions, which contributed to improving and ranking the sites of our universities by relying on new strategies and scientific plans that include the standards that must be followed in light of a competitive scientific environment.

In turn, the Minister of Communications and Technology, Dr. Iyad Al-Khatib, said: Digital transformation has a role in enhancing communication and transparency, achieving processing speed and operational efficiency, reducing the waste of public money, and enabling the process of sustainable development in building a digital economy based on diversity and knowledge, in line with Syria’s Vision 2030 and the leadership’s directives. .

The Governor of Damascus, Engineer Muhammad Tariq Krishati, gave a presentation on the strategy and reality of digital transformation in the governorate, which was prepared in cooperation with the University of Damascus and the General Organization for Technical Industries, based on the current reality of information technology in the governorate and Syria in general and the repercussions of the terrorist war, which affected the completion and stability of the infrastructure and software, pointing out the existence of a platform. Digital administration includes all administrative work in the governorate.

The President of the University of Damascus, Dr. Muhammad Osama Al-Jabban, considered that digital transformation in the higher education sector has an important impact on the way its institutions work at all levels in teaching, learning, and scientific research. The use of innovative technology and the shift to digital systems enables us to access information, simplify operations, and contributes to achieving development. Sustainable.

Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Dr. Hussein Dahdouh, believed that in light of digital transformation, analyzing the data that supports the work of governments and institutions becomes easier and more accurate, enabling them to achieve greater benefit from it, which is reflected in improving government performance and enhancing accountability and transparency.

In the speech of the strategic sponsor of the conference, the CEO of the Bank of Syria and the Gulf, Hussein Sharaf, indicated the keenness to support initiatives and projects that contribute to building a digital future in Syria, believing in the importance of innovation and creativity and the necessity of cooperation, exchanging knowledge, and benefiting from the potential provided by modern technologies.

 

Regarding the efforts of the Syrian branch office in the Arab Federation for the Digital Economy to complete the digital transformation process, the head of the office, Dr. Ammar Dalloul, spoke about the current cooperation with the government, ministries, public and private bodies and institutions, and business community organizations to contribute to the establishment and implementation of more initiatives, projects and programs, which aim to increase the percentage of… Transitioning the economy from traditional to digital, and contributing to reconstruction and building the local economy.

Executive Director of Interactive Exhibitions and Conferences Company, Maher Sheikh Al-Ard, pointed out that researchers and participants present during the conference everything that is new in the field of digital transformation, and develop proposals and recommendations specifically on the subject of the infrastructure for digital transformation in Syria, to determine what the basic system is for building this process.

In turn, Dr. Zahir Al-Qurashi, head of the delegation of Jordanian universities, said: “We came to transfer the Jordanian experience to the University of Damascus, which produced a group of the most important scientists and innovators and had the largest role and the best role in leading the rest of the universities,” indicating the importance of the conference in light of the tremendous technological progress the world is witnessing. .

The opening of the conference included the presentation of honorary shields to the parties supporting and participating in the conference, then the opening of a scientific exhibition in the Reda Saeed Conference Hall, and a peer-reviewed scientific competition for digital transformation research for researchers, graduate students and academics in the digital transformation project, and a discussion of its reality and the strategy for its implementation in the Syrian government sector with a presentation of Arab experiences. And foreign.

 

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Kenan Yaghi, the President of the Central Authority for Control and Inspection, Judge Amna Al-Shammat, the Vice President of the National Union of Syrian Students, Amer Talas, the President of the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, Muhammad Abu Al-Huda Al-Laham, the President of the Damascus and its Countryside Chamber of Industry, Ghazwan Al-Masry, and a number of ministerial assistants, participated in the opening of the conference. Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps in Damascus, CEOs of private banks, heads of federations, syndicates and organizations, and a crowd of businessmen, experts and specialists in the field of digital transformation.