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    IAMOT 19th Conference Recommends Founding Network of Smart Villages

    Date published: 10 March 2010

    The 19th International Conference on Management of Technology held recently in Cairo made number of recommendations.

    The recommendations reflected the belief of Egyptian and international scientists from 45 countries in the fact that economic development and international competitiveness still depend on utilizing knowledge, technological applications and innovation in new products and services. 

    The conference suggested the necessity of building a specialized network of smart villages in other fields whether in Egypt or any Arab countries similar to the Egyptian Smart Village.

    Such smart villages have to be equipped with advanced infrastructure and spread in different regions and areas. Each small village has to be linked to a research or an application where the country has achieved a competitive edge.

    The conference also recommended that special interest should be given to innovations in IT and related services as a driving force for economic development locally and internationally.

    Amongst other suggestions is to fund scientific research in Nanotechnology as well as boost its fast developing applications.

    The conference called for encouraging multidisciplinary education due to its importance in innovation and world economic progress.  

    The meeting recommended promoting cooperation between scientific research and innovation and among industries, universities and the government to accelerate economic growth and improve local competitiveness.

    The conference stressed that ICT can add major contributions and reduce waste and impractical effort consuming steps.

    The meeting proposed raising expenditure on scientific research and development in order to catch up with other countries investing in science and technology.

    The event called for encouraging innovation and supporting young entrepreneurs through learning and providing concessional financing. It called on governments to offer facilities for establishing small and medium-sized enterprises through technology incubators as well as putting into force and developing laws and legislations protecting intellectual property rights.

    The 19th International Conference on Management of Technology suggested building up a national system for innovation that stimulates promising minds, activates technology incubators, protects rights and encourages exploring new means of knowledge. The system should reward outstanding students and push forward innovation toward service sectors.

    According to the conference, creativity should be nurtured through industries and specialized programs at schools as well as investments in developing human resources in all educational levels.
    The conference recommended giving more attention to education, especially in science and technology as well as setting strategies for developing technology and putting them into force in their business plans.  

    Among the other ambitious recommendations were to work on facilitating an enabling environment for scientific minds in order to tempt immigrant scientists to go back home and get engaged in research activities in their homelands. Moreover, the conference supported the idea of building research connections and boosting them among institutions and the government and universities.

    About Nile University
    Established in 2006, Nile University is a not-for-profit institution of higher education primarily dedicated to excellence in technology-related fields with focus on business development and applied research. It is the first university in Egypt and the region to specialize in postgraduate education and research. The university is a partnership between civil society (Egyptian Foundation for Technology Education and Development EFTED), the government (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology MCIT) and the ICT industry.

    About Smart Village
    Egypts Smart Village is a business park offering world-class high-tech facilities and infrastructure for IT and telecom companies. The three million square meter project showcases Egypts high-tech infrastructure, economic incentive packages and commitment to the future. The Smart Village offers 24/7 broadband fiber optic connectivity and an uninterrupted power supply within an ideal environment for conducting business.

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