Wednesday, 09 January 2008
By Adel Al-Malki
MADINA - Keynote speakers for the opening ceremony of the first regional conference on the knowledge economy, January 12- 13 at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel, include Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, Google CEO Larry Page and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, organizing officials said.
Madina's new Knowledge Economic City is co-sponsoring the event being organized by the Arab Society for Knowledge Economy. Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will grace the conference.
The event will feature as many as 1,000 knowledge economy experts from around the world.
"This select group of experts will highlight ways to optimize utilization of science, knowledge and creativity -intellectual capital - in sustainable economic diversification, development and modernization," said Abdullah Al-Subyani, founder and president of the Arabian Knowledge Economy Association (AKEA).
The Economic Knowledge City being developed in Madina is set to become the first smart city in the world.
CISCO has already signed up to establish a network-link academy there. The City has also signed MoUs with Intel International and with TCI organization.