Technopolis members talk parks in Middle East
First World Technopolis Association - Arab and Africa board meeting takes place in Dubai
Regional board members of the World Technopolis Association (WTA) recently discussed the establishment and management of science and technology parks in the region at their first meeting in Dubai.
"Science and Technology parks cater to the needs of high-tech industry development, utilizing resources from industry, government, and academia to create an innovative business environment that successfully integrates R'&'D and manufacturing. The WTA recognises the potential for development in the region which is why an Arab and Africa Chapter was added to this international organisation," stated managing director of Dubai-based TechnoPark Hamad Al Hashemi, who is also the new president of the Arab and Africa region and VP of the WTA.
WTA's goal is to connect the advancement of science and technology with local development, and most of its members are government entities. Dubai-based TechnoPark, the science and technology arm of Economic Zones World, is on the WTA Board of Directors.
The meeting in Dubai, which called for stronger infrastructure in the region, was attended by representatives from Egypt, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as those from African states such as Nigeria and Kenya.
A manual on the development and management of science parks is being put together by the WTA Arab and Africa region in cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Collaboration was also highlighted at the event, which saw Hashemi sign three memorandum of understandings with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in Kenya; Mubarak City in Egypt for Scientific Research and Technology Application and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Nigeria.