Building Human Capital

towards knowledge economy

The third Version of the Knowledge Economy Forum of Kuwait entitled “Building Human Capital towards the Knowledge Economy“, shall have the privilege of being held, during March 2020, under the esteemed patronage of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, in cooperation with the first Human Capital Forum, to be organized with the support of the World Bank Group.

The Kuwait Knowledge Economy Forum 2020 (KKEF) aims to underline the significant importance of the human factor in leveraging upcoming changes that characterize the third millennium and its major shift to knowledge, digitized and technological focus. These changes call for new thinking on how to elevate human capabilities that men and women become able to identify the exceptional challenges of the 21st century, primarily are the effects of the climate change, water scarcity, the domination of knowledge and industrial markets and the digitalization of services, in addition to other sets of problems about finding jobs and the future of labour markets.  Exploring solutions to these foreseeable problems demand altered perspectives, new strategies and practicable policies, that can enable humans to reach an evolved cognitive talent, being able to access broader scopes of information and to continue to offer life-long learning opportunities starting from early education.

The 3rd KKEF will be deliberating a variety of topics at the heart of which is the idea that national development cannot be achieved except with human cognitive intelligence and endeavour; hence, is the importance of understanding that the process of building the capacity of human capital is an on-going and cumulative matter, that can, otherwise, be slowed down and discontinued as a result of cognitive inhibitors that adversely affect man’s ability of receive and process knowledge, and not as commonly perceived, that it is a side effect of dropping out of schools and the exiting of formal education systems.

So, to make sure that the Forum accomplishes its objectives, producing outcomes, the Forum’s sessions have been insightfully organized around a myriad of topics.  Essentially, Day One’s sessions will discuss education and its importance in building character for the third millennia, the role of health and health care services in stimulating economic growth and development; skill groups and their effect on securing jobs, adjusting imbalances of the job market and the role of working women in labour markets of the 21st Century.  In the second day, panellists will discuss modern-day perspectives of international investments across knowledge markets and how it contributes to the reformulation of views on the global economy in terms of knowledge products and data in shaping markets and boosting international trade to achieve the general well-being of peoples and nations across the globe.

A special session on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will conclude the two-day event, discussing BRI’s role in reinforcing the pillars of a knowledge economy and the building of human capital, regionally.


Khaled Al-Hashash

Chairman of Knowledge Economy Forum

- The 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 3 rd Millennia

- Why the early childhood right matters: Investing in childhood and the future of societies
- Lifelong learning strategy: integrating learning and lifestyle of the 3 rd Millennia
- Regional's education rating in the human capital index
- Learning for development: 2030 sustainable development goals
- Innovative school environment model: The school mall

- 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
- Global experiences and best practices in shifting the needle
on health outcome towards better human capital

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

Leadership in the digital Economy

The Role of IPR in enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs

Future of Jobs and Works:
Flying start

The she economy: Challenges, opportunities and risks

The living in wireless and its effect on entrepreneurs

Scaling up ecommerce in SMEs

Big Data for cybersecurity

Event Details
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  • Start Date
    March 3, 2020 10:00
  • End Date
    March 5, 2020 15:00
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