MENA ICT Forum 2018 to be held in September

Amman, The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (int@j), announced in a press conference on Wednesday, that it will hold the Middle East and North Africa Information and Communications Technology (MENA ICT) Forum 2018 at the King Hussein Business Park on September 10-11.

Chairman of the Board of Directors Bashar Hawamdeh said this year’s forum will discuss issues pertaining to technological development with the participation of local and international experts and specialists.

Hawamdeh confirmed the participation of representatives from major companies in the world such as Microsoft, Facebook, Snapchat, Oracle and many others, stressing that the forum is a platform for exchanging experiences and a golden opportunity to communicate with international experts and decision makers locally, regionally and globally.

He stressed that the forum is a valuable experience as it will focus on discussing the developments in the digital industry and ways to benefit from them. “The forum will include 10 sessions that will address topics of financial technology or “Fintech”, and electronic commerce and the Internet among others,” he added.

For his part, Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Muthanna Al Gharaibeh said that the ICT sector enjoys the support of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

He stressed the importance of the Forum in enhancing Jordan’s position in creating investment opportunities for the sector and benefiting from the global experience and new technology which is changing and developing rapidly.

The minister called on the private sector companies to benefit from the 196 knowledge stations in the Kingdom as incubators that work to strengthen the operational programs in a competitive manner, achieve development for citizens in governorates, support entrepreneurs and promote decentralization in the economy.

The Minister of State for Investment, Muhannad Shehadeh, said that the participation of the Jordan Investment Commission in the forum aims to promote, support, motivate and encourage investments in this sector, which is considered a key engine for boosting economic growth in the Kingdom, in addition to achieving His Majesty’s vision to keep the Kingdom at the forefront of developed countries in this sector.

He added that the ICT sector is one of the sectors with high added value and contributes significantly to the GDP by 12%, noting that Jordan has more than 600 companies operating in this field that provide about 16,000 jobs in all governorates of the Kingdom.

Group CFO at Jordan Telecom Group Raslan Deiranieh said that the theme of the 2018 ICT Summit for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will meet the growing demand for information worldwide.

Director of Consumer Marketing at Umniah Zaid Ibrahim said the conference will discuss an important issue, new technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet, cloud computing and other innovative technologies, which are the engine and the main catalyst for creativity, which will create an ideal environment for the emergence of pioneering projects and creative ideas to support the national economy.

The CEO of Zain Jordan Fahad Al-Jassim said Zain’s support for the Forum, which is the most important event in the ICT sector in the region, is part of the company’s strategy to contribute to transforming Jordan into a regional platform that enables telecom experts and content developers to meet and discuss ways to develop the ICT sector.

Source: Jordan News Agency