STF, SLP partner to develop smart city initiatives

Sharjah Tatweer Forum and Sharjah Leadership Program to enhance the sustainable development of Sharjah

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STF, SLP partner to develop smart city initiatives STF's Jassem Albloushi: "By integrating ICT solutions into a wide range of daily human activities, we are in effect making things more efficient and sustainable."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  July 17, 2016

Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF) and Sharjah Leadership Program (SLP) have announced a joint partnership to develop and implement smart programs across various sectors, including transportation and education.

Through the SLP, STF has revealed that it will develop smart initiatives and present them to concerned parties in an effort to boost the emirate's bid to transform into an advanced city. The initiatives will be designed based on the proposed projects submitted by select SLP participants.

Jassem Albloushi, chairman at STF, said: "Smart city aims to improve quality of life by using technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet the needs of our people. By integrating ICT solutions into a wide range of daily human activities, we are in effect making things more efficient and sustainable. We have been witnessing these efforts in Sharjah's transportation, health, and education sectors, among others.

"We are inspired at STF to substantially contribute to this significant endeavour by working closely with the young promising leaders at SLP, the result of which is a myriad of unique and innovative ideas. We look forward to strategically developing these ideas and presenting them to the concerned authorities to make a difference in the Sharjah Government's smart city initiatives."

Sharjah Leadership Program was launched with an aim to prepare the next generation of private and public sector leaders in line with international standards, as well as to increase their awareness on the UAE's plans on innovation and transition into a knowledge-based economy.

The programme also plans to bring various institutions up to speed with best practices in management and leadership mechanisms, as well as highlight Sharjah's economic sectors and future plans. The programme will include visits to the United States, particularly California, where participants will take part in innovation conferences along with a number of visits to companies and research centres.

Abdel Aziz Fikry, projects manager at Al Wasl Asset Management Group and an SLP participant, added: "It was inspiring to be able to contribute to such an important partnership. Suggesting ideas and projects that can help transform Sharjah and the rest of the country into a sustainable, modern society is a call for everyone to take part and share his ideas to realise this dream.

"We are happy that our proposals have measured up to STF's objectives. Rest assured that we will remain committed to our collaboration as we move forward towards the implementation of our projects."

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