The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) Center for Public Policy and Leadership in collaboration with the World Bank, organized on Wednesday 14th Feb. 2018 a lecture titled ‘Development and Disruptive Technology’ at the university’s campus.
The lecture shed light on the results of executing the goals of the sustainable development agenda 2030 and envisioning the future by being aware of the future local, regional and international trends. It also addressed the impact of the rapid technological development on disrupting the process of carrying out the sustainability goals of various countries, especially in the MENA region, and the results of this impact on rising the achieved development index of the projects aimed at keeping pace with the developed world in the era of the industrial revolution.
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Deputy President of the World Bank, gave a thorough explanation on the technology-induced disruption to the sustainable development plan of the MENA region and results of the rapid developments in the information revolution. He presented the impact of this revolution on different vital sectors pertaining to achieving the goals of the sustainable development agenda 2030.
During the lecture, questions were raised on how developed and developing economies can cope with and endorse new business processes. It also addressed the impact of Information and Communication Technology on manufacturing, automatization, transportation and job market, and understanding the impact of Bitcoins and block chain, autonomous car, robotics, artificial intelligence on the future of job opportunities, and societies at large.
Dr. Mohieldin pointed out the UAE’s efforts to promote its aspirations and achieve its vision of economic diversification and providing job opportunities, being an international inspiring model in leading the change of its strategic plan toward a knowledge-based economy. He explained that UAE’s experience in implementing and making this strategy a success at the Gulf and the Middle East levels, and the implication of this change on achieving the goals of sustainable development and shaping the future.
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