QNCECS conducts virtual seminar on information and communication technology to achieve sustainable development goals

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The Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (QNCECS), in cooperation with the Unesco office in Doha, organised a virtual seminar on Information and Communication Technology for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
The seminar was attended by Secretary-General of QNCECS Dr. Hamada Hasan Al Sulaiti, Director of Unesco’s Doha Office Dr. Anna Paolini, Omani National Committee for Education, Culture and Science expert Dr. Khalid Al Balushi, Qatar University’s Dr. Mayamin Al Taie, Ministry of Transport and Communications in Qatar’s Sarah Al Hussaini, Director General of the National Agency for Information Safety from the Republic of Tunisia Mohammed Nofal; member of the National Program for Artificial Intelligence from the Sultanate of Oman Mohammed Al Naabi and Mada Assistive Technology Center’s Al Dana Al Mohannadi. 
At the beginning of the seminar, Educational and Cultural Affairs Researcher from the Qatar National Committee Ashwaq Al Kubaisi reviewed the objectives of the seminar, which aspires to provide policy and decision-makers with the importance of the digital information society, and the pursuit of progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, community awareness, and technology and information education to achieve smart and sustainable development.
The seminar also discussed several topics, including technological development and sustainable development goals, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. It also targeted universities interested in technology, technical and vocational education, directors of departments of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and companies related to information technology.
Dr. Hamada Hasan Al Sulaiti said that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of information and communication technology and its vital role in accelerating people’s needs.
Most of the world’s governments, institutions, and individuals have gone to it to fulfil their demands and implement their educational, health, and economic plans, and hence the need to accelerate digital transformation by supporting and strengthening countries for their national plans for the development of information and communication technology, she added.
Dr. Anna Paolini said that she is pleased to celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012 (WTISD) in Qatar and to discuss the most important ways to raise awareness of the importance of new technologies in developing and changing our societies and economy.
Dr. Paolini added that digital technologies have occupied an important place in our daily lives, whether through our computers, mobile tablets, smartphones, or artificial intelligence development devices and complex algorithms, as the spread of digital everywhere has changed many behaviours and habits of people, that is why we meet today to reach together the most important ways that contribute to modernizing our methods, services and ways of exchanging information and developing our education.
Dr. Mayaman Al Taie participated in a presentation on technological development and sustainable development goals, and referred to the seventeen sustainable development goals, and stressed the importance of cooperation of great countries with small countries and the cooperation of all institutions.
Sarah Al Husseini provided a presentation entitled, ‘The Contribution of the Smart Qatar Program (TASMU) to Artificial Intelligence’, and spoke about the program, which aims to improve the standard of living for citizens and contribute to achieving economic diversification via technology and innovation.
Mohamed Nofal participated in a presentation entitled: ‘Cyber Security and Defence: Dimensions and Challenges’, and spoke about the type of risks that may threaten the fields of the state and business, as well as the stages of technology development and industrial revolutions.
Muhannad Nasser Al Naabi contributed by participating in a presentation entitled: ‘Future Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence Applications in the Sultanate of Oman’, in which he pointed out the importance of artificial intelligence.
The WTISD 2021 is an opportunity for ITU members to continue pressing for digital transformation by strengthening national general plans related to the development of ICT and smart policies aimed at encouraging investments, cooperation, and partnership. 

Source: QNA