Int@j launches tech, entrepreneurship event at Dubai’s Expo 2020

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AMMAN — The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (Int@j) on Monday launched the "Jordanian Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at Dubai” (JOITED) event, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In a press conference held remotely, Int@j clarified that JOITED is a five-day event that will be held from February 21–25, which will start with a forum on February 21, followed by an exhibition over the next 4 days inside the Jordanian pavilion at Expo 2020.

The event aims to promote Jordan as a digital technology and innovation hub in the region and to make way for Jordanian companies to meet, communicate, and network with major regional and international companies and investment funds, in addition to attempting to create opportunities for growth and expansion.

Int@j Chairman Amjad Swais said that the event aims to promote the Jordanian IT and entrepreneurship sector, as day one included various discussion forums to highlight the development of the sector and Jordanian expertise.

He noted that the sessions will focus on Jordan’s competitive environment for foreign investments in the IT sector. Many CEOs will be invited, as well as founders of IT and startup companies, clients, and public figures from the public and academic sectors, with an expected attendance of more than 400 people, he added.

Swais underlined that the ICT and entrepreneurship sector has grown significantly in the last 20 years and is now considered one of the leading ICT sectors in the Middle East and North Africa region, stressing that joint efforts can help make the Kingdom a regional hub for IT, CT and new companies.

For his part, General Commissioner of the Jordanian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Investment Zaher Qatarneh underscored the support of the government and the Ministry of Investment of entrepreneurial and creative projects, especially among the youth, as well as ongoing work to enable entrepreneurs through highlighting their expertise and excellence in technology and innovation.

He stated that the government is looking to encourage Jordanian companies to enter into partnerships with foreign companies and investors and to instate assert Jordan’s position as a hub for attracting investments into this sector.

The ministry is seeking to shed light on the efforts exerted in Jordan to realize an environment that is attractive to investments in the futuristic sectors and opportunities, to stimulate new sectors in knowledge economy and digital economy and to redirect research, studies, and attention to support the evolution in the education sector and capacity building and developments in various applications, he said

He explained that various facilities, incentives, and exemptions are granted to investments in the IT sector and aspire through an attractive investment environment and the facilities and incentives granted under the Investment Law to attract and direct technology investments towards Jordan to contribute to boosting the Jordanian economic growth rate and create jobs.

On Jordan’s participation at the Expo 2020 Dubai, Qatarneh confirmed Jordan’s participation in the international event through its own Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai, held at the mobility cluster, as it provides a new and innovative vision to spreading positive messages for the future, through an interactive sensual experience, tackling issues revolving around the enablement of society and support of the economy, and showcasing Jordan’s ancient history, as well as enriching culture.

In addition to the representation of Jordanian youths in various initiatives within the Expo program, he pointed to the selection of innovative Jordanians who provide solutions to societal challenges, within the scope of the influential innovation grants program within the Expo Live Program, which offers socially impactful solutions at a worldwide level, in which two projects from Jordan were selected for the international Expo Live grant, which reaffirms the success and advancement of entrepreneurship in Jordan.

Moreover, the Deputy Chairman of the Jordan Business Council in Dubai Bashar Kilani said that this event will provide the platform and suitable opportunity for Jordan to shed light on success stories, noting that Dubai Expo is a significant economic promotional opportunity.

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