int@j to launch MENA ICT forum in November 2016

The forum serves as platform dedicated to exploring the latest trends and developments in technology within the Middle East.

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int@j to launch MENA ICT forum in November 2016 Bitar: "The MENA ICT Forum will feature keynote speakers with extensive experience in their respective fields, which will serve as a golden opportunity for exchange of views, know-how and ideas."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  September 8, 2016

The Information and Communications Association of Jordan (Int@j) recently unveiled details of the upcoming Middle East & North Africa Information and Communication Technology Forum (MENA ICT), which scheduled to run from the 9 - 10 November, 2016.

First announced during a press conference on the 24 August, the year's edition of the forum will focus on a number of critical sectors and industries. This includes the education, healthcare, clean energy, commerce, financial services, transport and logistics, humanitarian causes and media sectors.

Exploring the latest technological developments and leading concepts, such as the Internet Economy and Digital Economy, MENA ICT will feature parallel sessions hosted by global experts delving into the impact of modern technologies.

Areas of focus for these sessions include internet-of-things (IoT), big data, mobility, AI, unconventional payment and finance mechanisms, 3D printing, data security, cloud computing, and augmented reality.

Furthermore, the forum's sessions will also focus on the growth-hacking MENA ICT industries, both in terms of what organisations need to do to evolve into mega corporations, as well as the role of government in facilitating exponential growth rates.

Present during the announcement event last August, int@j's chairman, Dr. Bashar Hawamdeh, highlighted the concept of digitising the economy and explained why it was a major driver sustainable economic development.

He added: "This year's forum is an important opportunity for both decision makers and individuals, underscoring that the deliberations and topics that will be discussed in the forum will shed light on how new technologies will change daily lives of everyone considering the application of new technology trends and their impacts on the economy."

int@j's CEO Nidal Bitar, who was also present at the announcement, pointed out the timing of the forum as being critical due to the growing demands of Jordan's economy and the positive impact that the ICT sector may have.

"The MENA ICT Forum will feature keynote speakers with extensive experience in their respective fields, which will serve as a golden opportunity for exchange of views, know-how and ideas," he explained.

"What differentiates this year's event is the economic aspect of the forum and discussing issues that interest a wide spectrum of individuals beyond those working in various ICT specialty areas."

"This will materialise through discussing the impacts of these changes on the daily lives of everyone, in addition that the forum is considered one of the biggest regional events that hosts experts in all walks of technology," he added.

The MENA ICT Forum was originally launched in 2002 and is held biennially with the sole focus of driving the continued development of the region's ICT sector in the Middle East.

Founded in 2002 as part of Jordan's Reach Initiative, int@j is a membership-based ICT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) industry advocacy, support and networking association.

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