As part of the continuous efforts to disseminate the Arab Knowledge Index and portal, the Arab Knowledge Project arranged for the post launch event in Cairo as a nationwide conference entitled: "Towards Building the Egyptian Knowledge and Innovation Society".
The Conference took place on 15 and 16 May 2016 and was organized by MBRF and UNDP in cooperation with the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Universities, under the patronage of H.E. Prof. Ashraf Al Shihy, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt.
The Conference was attended by more than 300 participants led by H.E. Prof. Al Shihy; and received wide coverage in local and regional media.
Al Shihy said that knowledge has become a focal area for countries in view of its critical role in achieving comprehensive development. He pointed out that countries that own knowledge are best placed to achieve economic prosperity and ensure the wellbeing of its citizens.
Addressing the conference, H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF Foundation, said: "The launch of the Arab Knowledge Index is the culmination of joint efforts between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme to contribute effectively to the efforts to build knowledge based societies, and produce knowledge for sustainable development."
In turn Dr. Hani Torky, Chief Technical Adviser at the Arab Knowledge Project, said: "The Arab Knowledge Index is an ambitious project based on scientific criteria, and we hope it will become a reference platform for decision-makers and experts to help chart development plans and policies. Our effort is to contribute to creating a competitive environment that will inspire authorities to activate more knowledge initiatives to usher in a knowledge-based society and economy."
The conference discussed the various elements of the Knowledge Index, including the Information Technology and Communications Index and its components as well as the R&D and Innovation Index, and explored ways to link the Arab Knowledge Index with Egypt’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. It also examined the activation of the index as a tool to measure development in the areas of education, and information and communication technology in Egypt.