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MBRSG, SAP Launch 'Innovation Days' Initiative to Support Arab World's Networked Economy
Source: Zawya, https://www.zawya.com/story/MBRSG_SAP_Launch_Innovation_Days_Initiative_to_Support_Arab_Worlds_Networked_Economy-ZAWYA20141016094002/
Source Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: United Arab Emirates
Created: Oct 17, 2014

Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President, MBRSG
Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President, MBRSG

Thought Sessions to Share Technological Insights of Global Smart Government Experts
Dubai - In a bid to drive the Arab world's networked economy,the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government has joined hands with SAP , a market leader in enterprise application software,to launch a new thought leadership initiative -the 'Innovation Days'series.

The monthly Innovation Days initiative will witness the convergence of world-class thought leaders in Dubai for panel discussions on theimplementation ofbest practices in the engines of technological innovation -mobility andcloud, citizen-centric applications, Big Data, social media, and analytics. The sessions are set to augment the efforts of Arab governments seeking to evolve smart cities and smart governments through shaping an ICT-fuelled knowledge-based economy.

The partnership between MBRSG and SAP in hosting the sessions focuses on the dissemination of knowledge, best practices and standards as part of a mutual commitment to spur technological growth in the UAE and wider region.

Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President, MBRSG, said: "Innovation Days will enhance Dubai's standing as a world leader in smart government, and sharebest practices for the region's governments to adoptin the networked economy domain.Dubai's visionary leadership ispaving the way for public and private sectors to capitalize on the connectivity era, highlightingthe game-changing rolethat technology can play in people's daily lives and at the work place."

The Arab world's smart cities are currently faced with numerous challenges inthe areas of urbanization, socio-economics, budgets, and technological change. Navigant Research,a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets,predicts that theglobal smart city technology market will grow from US$6.1 billion in 2012 to US$20.2 billion by 2020.

Sam Alkharrat, President, SAP MENA , said:"Thanks to world-class government strategies, the UAE's public and private sectors capitalize on the connectivity era to enhance quality of living, create new job opportunities and accelerate the pace of business innovation. More than a technological trend, hyper-connectivity is an imperative that businesses and governments have no choice but to adapt."

Arab government research and innovation has enhanced the fields of education, healthcare, job creation, and tourism. As a result, most GCC countries rank in the top 10 fore-government development acrossAsia and Africa, according to the United Nations Global e-government Survey 2014.

Dr BassemYunis, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at MBRSG, said: "Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government is honored to play the role of knowledge partnerin supporting the vision of the government of Dubai that seeks tocreatea smarter world.To achieve this priority, MBRSG provides a shared knowledge platform for developers, innovators and decision makers.We are confident our partnerships with SAP and other major global technology leaders will help us achieve this long-term strategy for shaping a knowledge economy in the UAE and wider region."


About The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) is a research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world. Established in 2005 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, MBRSG aims to promote good governance through enhancing the region's capacity for effective public policy. Toward this goal, the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government also collaborates with regional and global institutions in delivering its research and training programs. In addition, the School organizes policy forums and international conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote critical debate on public policy in the Arab world.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP ) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 258,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com

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