Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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H.E. Dr. Khalid Al Midfa

Chairman
Sharjah Media City (Shams)


"As Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams) since February 2017, Dr. Khalid al Midfa is focusing on raising Sharjah's profile as a hub for media excellence and production. He previously led the modernization and transformation of Sharjah Television and Radio between 2011 and 2017, as General Manager. 

He combines his passion for media with a deep technical understanding of networks developed through his multiple degrees in electronic and telecommunications engineering, first from Khalifa University and later from the Centre of Telecommunications Research, Bristol University, United Kingdom. Dr. Al Midfa holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering. (2003) 

He studied internationally because he strongly believes in exploring best practices around the world and bringing the knowledge back to Sharjah. He still travels regularly with his team to 

gather the latest insights on media, entrepreneurship and business modelling. 

Dr. Al Midfa plays an active and influential role within the local community. He is one of the founders of Sharjah Tatweer Forum and a former member of the Sharjah Emirate Consultative Council (2003 – 2007). He has also worked as Assistant Professor in Telecommunications Engineering in Khalifa University (2003 - 2007)." 


Sessions of the speaker

21-OCT-2020

21-OCT-2020

14:30 - 15:30


As countries are recovering from the Pandemic which has impacted their economies in different ways, SEZs can be seen as vehicles and instruments to re-generate economic growth. This panel addresses how SEZs can kick start economic growth, diversify economies, make economies more competitive and resilient and trigger Industry 4.0 developments. It will discuss how SEZs can be instrumental to reach specific development goals in different geographic jurisdictions. For instance while SEZs in some regions may need to generate more jobs, substitute imports or upskill the labor force, in other regions SEZs can be catalysts to diversify economies, enhance the business environment or facilitate the transition to a more digital economy. Some of the topics include:

·         Role of SEZ regime in the future as a resilient, adaptable and innovative option for industrial growth in Africa and Middle East.

·         Growth in green and sustainable design and operation of SEZs

·         SEZs as adopters of Digitisation and 4th Industrial Revolution at scale.

·         The role of incentives and legal structures which are crucial for the above with greater need for non-traditional incentives such as cybersecurity, green rebates, low carbon infrastructure and improved digital infrastructure such as 3D printing.

 

Speakers:
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Adarsh Varma
Associate Director
Buro Happold
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H.E. Dr. Khalid Al Midfa
Chairman
Sharjah Media City (Shams)
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Ahmed BENNIS
Secretary General
Africa Economic Zones Organization (AEZO)
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Cesare Zingone
Chief Executive Officer
Zeta Group
Session Chair:
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Dr. Douglas van den Berghe
Global Speaker and Expert on FDI, SEZs, Competitiveness and Innovation