The two-day "Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit" has kicked off today in Abu Dhabi at the Authorities Building in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The summit offers mechanisms to enhance the role of youth in the future of the labor market.
H.E. Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education, H.E. Ahmed Bin Ali Al-Sayegh, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ADGM, H.E. Dr. Mubarak Saeed Al-Shamsi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), Hamad Sayah Al-Mazrouei, Managing Director of Strategic and Operational Activities at ADGM, Mustafa El-Rafey, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, attended the opening of the summit.
The opening had also been attended by Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, Dr. Mariet Westermann, CEO, Vice Chancellor at NYU Abu Dhabi, Asgar Rangoonwala, Deputy Managing Director of Emerging Markets at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Dena Assaf, UN Resident Coordinator for the UAE, a number of officials, experts, pioneers of the public and private sectors, global decision-makers, and prestigious academic bodies.
H.E. Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al-Hammadi said in his opening remarks that the event gained added value because it was associated in essence with the youth, development plans, knowledge economy, and preparedness of future generations.
H.E. pointed out that the "Youth Preparedness & Knowledge Economy Summit" coincided with the “Projects of the 50,” which stressed that education, specialized training, and building the skills of the youth is a national priority to supply the labor market with competencies, with the help of the private sector as a major national partner in development.
He added that the wise leadership of the country had instructed the establishment of a solid development plan, based on human resources and the consolidation of the role of the private sector as an incubator for youth, in pursuit of global competitiveness centered on youth empowerment and private sector leadership. He pointed out that this national orientation summarized the goals and aspirations of the summit and strongly reflected the importance of integrating national efforts and the country's government and private institutions. “We, at the Ministry of Education, have set out our educational vision from the importance of preparing innovative, creative generations that will pave the way for the transition towards a sustainable, knowledge-based economy,” he said.
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