Digital Economy Ministry engages stakeholders, diaspora during US ICT Roadshow

Jordan Source Concludes ICT Roadshow (Embassy of Jordan in Washington DC) (1)
Jordan Source Concludes ICT Roadshow (Photo: Embassy of Jordan in Washington DC)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship recently concluded a two-week ICT Roadshow across the US, leading a delegation of Jordanian tech leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs across the country and engaging with a wide range of key stakeholders, including potential investors, venture capitalists, donors, local government leaders and entities, and members of the Jordanian diaspora. اضافة اعلان

According to a press statement, the roadshow included stops in Austin, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Washington, DC, and “helped the ministry and its delegation forge and strengthen partnerships abroad, while creating tangible business opportunities that will ultimately further bolster the Kingdom’s ICT sector”.

Making history at SXSW 2023On the first leg of its roadshow, the ministry — through its Jordan Source program — made history as the first Arab nation to officially participate in South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the largest annual tech and culture events in the US.

Jordan Source hosted a large booth at the SXSW Creative Industries Expo, welcoming more than 50,000 visitors over the course of four days. The participation also included two speaking sessions during the event.

On the third day of the expo, the delegation took over the entire event with a traditional Jordanian zaffeh, or musical procession, introducing attendees to the Kingdom’s vibrant cultural riches and creating a festive atmosphere that made waves both on the ground and across social media.

During the visit to Austin, the delegation — led by Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Ahmad Hanandeh — also met with the mayor of the city, Kirk Watson, and discussed potential avenues for strategic partnerships.

Engaging investors, partners, diasporaOn all stops of the ICT Roadshow, the ministry and its delegation hosted and attended numerous events, including a series of strategic B2B meetings and visits with companies like Google, Microsoft, and Equinix, as well as financial and development institutions like the International Finance Corporation, the US International Development Finance Corporation, and the World Bank.

In San Francisco and Washington, DC, the ministry organized events for the Jordanian diaspora, introducing them to its newly launched Jordan Changemakers program, which aims to engage Jordanians abroad in playing a more active role in the promotion of the Kingdom’s ICT sector globally.

The ministry also held a series of exclusive events that welcomed leading tech companies, potential investors, venture capitalists, and donors, among other key stakeholders.

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