TechnoPark to Head WTA 
Africa and Middle East Region

DUBAI — Following last year’s appointment to the Board of Directors of World Technopolis Association, or WTA, Hamad Al Hashemi, Managing Director of TechnoPark, the science and technology facilitator of Economic Zones World, has been appointed as the first President of WTA Arab & Africa Region in addition to being appointed Vice President of WTA.

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Published: Wed 5 Aug 2009, 1:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:43 AM

The appointments were made at the 20th WTA Executive Board Meeting held in Hsinchu City in Taiwan. Hamad Al Hashemi, speaking about the new developments said: “These appointments are a reflection of the leadership role that TechnoPark will play in promoting R&D led innovation in the MENA region. For TechnoPark it is an honour to spearhead the exchange of new technologies and know-how and to facilitate investments in research and development within the region. TechnoPark was set up with this mandate in mind and we are moving closer towards our goal.”

He added: “To kick-start procedures and reaffirm its commitment, TechnoPark will host the first meeting of the WTA Arab & Africa Region in Dubai at the International Desalination Association, or IDA World Congress this November. As technology makes advancements across the globe it is important to foster a culture of innovation right here in the Middle East to accelerate sustainable economic development and to make the region technologically capable and globally competitive.”

TechnoPark, as part of its directive, recently conducted several workshops on “Science Park Development’ in Oran, Algeria and in Abuja, Nigeria. These workshops were organised by the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, or ISESCO, in cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, or UNESCO to develop the frame work of the first Science and Technology setup in both countries. The objective of the Workshop was to promote the role of Science Parks in facilitating innovation and to implement strategies for business incubators.

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