Smart Dubai, FCSA team up for UN World Data Forum

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The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Smart Dubai, to enhance cooperation for supporting the 2nd United Nations World Data Forum 2018.

The forum will be held in the UAE in October, with more than 1500 experts in the field of data and statistics from different countries of the world expected to attend, WAM reports.

The partnership agreement aims at uniting efforts to contribute to the success of the world’s largest data event, and to use it as a platform to review the qualitative accomplishments achieved by UAE institutions and government entities by employing modern technologies to support the development and prosperity of the community.

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the FCSA in Dubai by Abdullah Nasser Lootah, FCSA Director General, and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the UN World Data Forum 2018, along with Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director-General, Smart Dubai, and CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, in the presence of the accompanying delegates from both entities.

“The combination of efforts and effective cooperation among all parties will have a significant impact on the success of hosting the United Nations World Data Forum 2018, consolidating the UAE’s leading position as a global destination for world-class events,” said Abdulla Nasser Lootah. “This agreement with Smart Dubai underlines our commitment to uniting efforts with various government entities to translate our wise leadership’s vision in achieving the goals of sustainable development according to data-driven plans and strategies.”

“The forum will provide a unique opportunity to utilize experiences, review best practices, exchange ideas and discuss the latest technologies related to statistical fields. This provides an ideal platform to review the achievements of Dubai in its quest to be the smartest city in the world, based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, by developing holistic solutions that will drive sustainable development and support the well-being of society,” he added.

Younus Al Naser said, ” Our leadership’s vision has elevated our role to a global level, and any initiative we develop has an impact on global trends. This applies to “Dubai Data”, one of the most comprehensive and ambitious initiatives in the world. Our leadership sees data as the oil for the future, which makes Dubai the perfect venue for hosting the 2018 UN World Data Forum. The forum will provide an opportunity to inform the world of what we have achieved in a record time in terms of data as a tool to empower the future, as well as the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with the global experts participating in the event.”

“The partnership agreement is part of our keenness to translate the national plans, including the UAE 2071 Centennial Plan, due to the strategic role that the data will play in transforming our country to be the best in the world. We will use our expertise to ensure the event’s success, which is an accomplishment to our country, complementing its pursuit of a knowledge-based economy,” he added. “While the world is still exploring the future potential of data, we will showcase our achievements such as the Dubai Pulse, which is a world-first, being a future tool for building effective – and user-friendly human experience. ”

The agreement stipulates the consolidation of visions and strategies, developing practical approaches aimed at building and exchanging experiences and enhancing technical capacities. It aims at achieving mutual goals, visions, policies, plans and strategic programs to develop a smart statistical system that will serve as an example for the world, and provide information and knowledge to meet the needs of both entities while supporting sustainable development plans at all levels.

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