Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1 April 2018 – The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group will hold a seminar on digital technologies and sustainable development, during the 43rd Annual Meeting of the IDB Group in Tunis, Tunisia.
The seminar, scheduled for 2 April 2018, is aimed to discuss the potential of digital technologies in transforming finance and learning to achieve sustainable development. It is being organized jointly with the IDB Finance Complex, in partnership with the Central Bank of Tunisia, SMART Tunisia, and World SME Forum.
Digital technologies have shown great potential to transform the way financial transactions are conducted and how global knowledge can be harnessed for development. The seminar will bring in experts from both public and private sectors to discuss using financial technology (FinTech) and blockchain technology to build development solutions. It will also discuss the role of new technologies in transforming knowledge into actionable learning.
Panelists in the first session, which will focus on FinTech, are Mr. Matthew Van Niekerk, Co-Founder of SettleMint, Belgium; Dr. Tunc Uyanik, CEO, World SME Forum; and Dr. Mahmud Sami Nabi, Professor of Economics, University of Carthage, Tunisia.
The second session will deliberate on open learning and knowledge management. The discussants are Mr. Anouar Maarouf, Tunisian Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy; Dr. Rami Ahmad, IDB Special Envoy on SDGs; and Ms. Margot Brown, Director, Global Themes Knowledge Management, World Bank.