Location: Baghdad – Iraq
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The Economic Forum for Industry, Smart Industrial Cities and Small and Medium Enterprises kicked off in Baghdad, with a large number of Iraqi and Jordanian companies participating led by Talal Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, which arrived with a delegation of Jordanian businessmen at the invitation of the Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals, Manhal Aziz.
Abu-Ghazaleh emphasized the importance of transforming industrial cities into smart cities because otherwise, they will disappear with the developments in the digital transformation process, while Minister Manhal Aziz pointed out that this forum aims to achieve advanced technological industrial integration between Iraq and Jordan.
Abu-Ghazaleh signed the first agreement with an Iraqi company to train cadres in the field of education and digital transformation, as well as to issue are internationally accredited training certificates to Abu-Ghazaleh Foundation.
(SOUNDBITE) Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh – Jordanian Businessman:
“The industrial cities should turn into smart cities, and if this doesn’t happen then they will disappear. All plans are there, so in the digital transformation guide that we distributed, we said that digital transformation must be complete, you can’t work on a part and leave other parts.”
Various shots from the forum
(SOUNDBITE) Manhal Aziz – Minister of Industry and Minerals of Iraq:
“The invitation of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals addressed His Excellency Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh and his accompanying delegation, to attend a discussion forum for the development of industry, digitization and digital transformation processes in the industry, as well as the possibility of making use of modern technology in managing smart industrial cities. Because it is an important future and we are establishing such industrial cities, he responded to this invitation. There was a large presence of Jordanian and Iraqi businessmen as well as large industrialists who have experience. The aim is to reach an agreed formula for industrial integration between Iraq and Jordan.”
(SOUNDBITE) Omar Al-Bayati – Managing Director of Al-Manar Company for Human Resources Development:
“This agreement is concerned with training, education, and digital transformation. It is important because the certificates of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, which issue about 650 vocational training, are globally recognized, and this training will be remotely, or in the classroom. Both cases will benefit Iraqi companies, and also in our plan, we intend to launch training centers in the name of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh in partnership with universities.”