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H.E Minister of State for Economic Affairs

H.E - Maryam Al-Aqeel
H.E - Maryam Al-Aqeel
Minister's speech

I would like to express my appreciation to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, for his gracious patronage of the Knowledge Economy Forum (KEF), which demonstrates his unlimited support to the importance of building a highly productive human capital that is key to
long-term economic development, given that our future is hinged to the extent by which knowledge, innovation and the capability to establish a knowledge
economy is mapped  to the 3rd Millennia and to knowledge cities.
The Forum meets amidst global transformations and challenges, the most important of which is building a creative and resilient human capital that is capable of keeping pace with accelerated change while leveraging investment opportunities that are embedded into current challenges to create growth, progress and job opportunities in alignment with modernized job markets of independently-employed technically skilled labour. However, in order to achieve this goal, it is of paramount importance to re-think the entire education system from pre-primary education to life-learning programs, and to ensure that learning outcomes are coherently responsive to labour market characteristics of the 3rd Millennia requiring qualified human talent that has technical and professional competencies.
Central to this transformation is a System of Knowledge Economies that leads global economies toward growth, diversification and distinctiveness, that is Research & Development (R&D) intensive and that is able to provide markets with innovative entrepreneurial ideas that can be industrialized into goods and services to boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In this knowledge-based environment, it is significantly important that public policies are designed to encourage eagerness and inventiveness in today’s young people who shall grow to be tomorrow’s innovative leaders.
The 21st Century is a time of tremendous economic and digital transformations leading global markets to hit record growth rates and reaching the targets of development goals, mainly: productivity, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and the ease of doing business while bolstering knowledge markets that begin and end with the human capital.
Kuwait’s 3rd Knowledge-Economy is organized in collaboration with Kuwait’s First Human Capital Forum entitled “Building Human Capital from a Knowledge-Economy Perspective”, to shed light on Kuwait’s Vision and the global goals by focusing on Human Capital as the core drivers of Knowledge-Economy that leverages knowledge, innovation and digitization in the 3rd Millennia.

H.E Secretary General - GS-SCPD

H.E - Khaled Mahdi
H.E - Khaled Mahdi
Secretary-General's Speech

This 3rd Knowledge-Economy Forum has received the gracious patronage of H.H. the Amir of Kuwait, and is organized in cooperation with Kuwait’s First Human Capital Forum.
The Forum is considered important from technical and professional perspective and its roundtable discussions shedding light on global issues, mainly how to achieve Human Development Goals, with focus on education, health, jobs and skills and people’s choices to advance their economic, social, health and technical development.
The Forum acknowledges the significance of the Human element as central to achieving national development.  Human Capital is the actual physical wealth of nations. Building the capacity of the Human Capital is among other key drivers for the betterment of human life and the improvement of work-related concepts towards building a knowledge-based society that is innovative, distinctive and competitive.
In Kuwait, as well as in other countries of this region, national development plans mostly focus on a set of key pillars, including: education, health and the labor market. These are the country’s launch-pads into 3rd Millennia, and are entirely based on knowledge, innovation and digitization and spin-off industries and services.
The Forum will also discuss several topics, including: the significance of investing in pre-primary education and in Life-Long Learning programs, the role of health in building economic development and sustainable competitiveness. In addition, there will be a roundtable discussion on the future of jobs and labor markets, future jobs and the role of women in future job markets.
Day 2 will hold discussions on economic related topics focusing on building a system of knowledge economies, global markets and the role of digital industries in boosting competition and improving ease of doing business.
The Forum shall conclude with a presentation on the Belt & Road Initiative, highlighting the future prospects of regional economies.
The Forum is open to everyone to join the scientific and professional community and to contribute to this event that represents social responsibility toward the people of this region, and to strengthen knowledge-based partnerships between countries and institutions.

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  • 09:00
    Opening Ceremony 09:00 to 10:40 :
    National Anthem / Opening Show / Keynotes Address by the Representative of H.H. the Amir of Kuwait / Keynote Address by Mrs. Annette Dixon, VP World Bank / Keynote Address by the Secretary General, SCPD, Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi / Plenary Session: Human Capital in the 3rd Millennia
  • 11:00
    Session I 11:00 to 12:15 Learning Matters: Moving from Education to Learning :
    Why the early childhood right matters: Investing in childhood and the future of societies / Regional's education rating in the human capital index / Lifelong learning strategy: integrating learning and lifestyle of the 3 rd Millennia / Learning for development: 2030 sustainable development goals / Innovative school environment model: The school mall
  • 12:20
    Session II 12:20 to 13:35 Health for More Productive Future Workers :
    Health as a main contributor to the human capital and to the productivity of future workforce / Kuwait s health indicators in the HCI / Growing health challenges from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and environmental health risks / Protecting Kuwait s human capital and building resilience to environmental change and Non Communicable Diseases(NCDs) / Global experiences and best practices in shifting the needle on health outcome towards better human capital
  • 13:40
    Session III 13:40 to 14:55 The future of jobs and labour markets:
    The nature and functions of jobs in the 21 st century / The digital businesses Platforms and Independent workers: The gig economy / Skills required by the 3 rd Millennia workplaces / The future of works for women: The position of women in the labour market.
  • 09:00
    Session IV 09:00 to 10:15 Building knowledge markets ecosystem and road mapping:
    The significant impact of building knowledge markets in sustaining the economies of region / The role of legislative and policy capitals in building knowledge markets / Knowledge providers: the roles of R&D and patents in the economic growth / Venture capitals: Their roles in financing innovation and technologies based projects.
  • 10:20
    Session V 10:20 to 11:35 The new competitiveness in the global economy 4.0:
    Commercialization of knowledge assets and creative industries / The effect of personalization in the global industries / Future cities in the knowledge economy: building platform for knowledge cities / High tech technologies: opening up new investment models and revolutionizing an industry.
  • 12:00
    Session VI 12:00 to 13:15 The GCC common market: from rentier economy to knowledge economy:
    Integration of GCC s visions toward knowledge based economy / GCC strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation / Private sector roles in enhancing the competitiveness of knowledge economy ecosystem / Future of knowledge industries in the GCC common market
  • 13:25
    Closing remarks 13:25 to 13:45 :
  • 14:30
    Workshop I: 14:30 – 16:30 Leadership in the digital Economy
  • 14:30
    Workshop II: 14:30 – 16:30 The Role of Patent in enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs
  • 09:00
    Workshop III: 09:00 – 11:00 Future of Jobs and Works: Flying start
  • 09:00
    Workshop IV: 09:00 – 11:00 The she economy: Challenges, opportunities and risks
  • 11:00
    Workshop V: 11:00 – 13:00 The living in wireless and its effect on entrepreneurs
  • 13:00
    Workshop VI: 13:00 – 15:00 Scaling up ecommerce in SMEs
  • 15:00
    Workshop VII: 15:00 – 17:00 Big Data for cybersecurity
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