MBRF, UNPD plan knowledge report
Dubai, July 19, 2010
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s regional bureau for Arab states recently discussed preparation for the second edition of the Arab Knowledge Report 2010/11.
The three-day workshop in Cairo was the first of a series of workshops, seminars and field studies that will be conducted in five Arab countries; the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Yemen.
The Arab Knowledge Report 2010/11, entitled Building Future Generations, builds on the first report issued last year. The series of reports are issued by MBRF in cooperation with the regional bureau for Arab states at UNDP. These reports help the foundation achieve its goal of building knowledge-based societies in the Arab World, a statement said.
“One of the main objectives of the foundation is to help build knowledge-based societies in the Arab world,” said Adel Al Shared, vice chairman and managing director of MBRF.
“Analysing the status of knowledge in the Arab World will help the foundation as well as other institutions attain the set goals.”
“We appreciate our partnership with UNDP to produce the Arab Knowledge Reports which will help to analyse and identify opportunities and risks inherent in the acquisition, production, creation, and deployment of “knowledge”; a primary avenue for renaissance and human development,” Al Shared added.
Dr Ghaith Fariz, director of the Arab Knowledge Report, said: “The Arab Knowledge Report 2010/11 is the second of its kind and builds upon the first Arab Knowledge Report titled Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge. The first report shows that the human element is central to development.”
“Arab states need to build the critical mass of human capital sufficiently equipped to participate in building the knowledge society. Chances are highest among children and young people. That’s why the current report focuses on the school age group,” Dr Fariz added. – TradeArabia News Service