Abu-Ghazaleh Key Speaker from the Arab Region at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Speaking at the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum held under the Patronage of the Russian President HE Mr. Vladimir Putin and in the presence of the Chinese President HE Mr. Xi Jinping with the participation of more than 17000 officials and business leaders, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh the only Arab speaker in this major Forum stated "Our office in Moscow, one of the 110+ offices around the world is ready to partner with Russia's leading entities in all fields of expertise."
"The office in Moscow focused at the beginning on Intellectual Property services. Subsequently, we have decided to provide our various key services to the Russian business community with confidence and we were absolutely correct. The Doing Business Guide in Russia which we produced was completed as part of our keenness to offer our services to Russia for promoting Russian Arab relations and also focuses on building partnerships in the fields of education, culture, technology with Russian institutions," he said.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh who received in 2016 HE Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China Award for his contribution in enhancing the Sino-Arab relations in culture, education and economy said:" We have discovered that there is a lack of knowledge about China and Chinese culture in our region and that is why we formed a strong partnership with Confucius Institute in China and established Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Visa Services-Chinese Visa Section (TAG-Visa) and we are working on an agreement with "Chinese" Shenyang University -specialized in teaching languages- to establish "Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Center for Teaching Arabic Language in China."
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh praised Russia's work in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) saying "Russia is a developer of cutting edge AI Technologies with whom we would love to partner with," giving an example on the cooperation in Intellectual Property field between Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), and the Republican Scientific Research Institute of Intellectual Property (RSRIIP) of Russia.
"As a business leader with a lifelong commitment to the United Nations, I take pride in having led the first United Nations multi-stakeholder Task Force, The UN ICT Taskforce in 2001. This high-level Task Force contributed significantly to bringing the IT and the development communities together and succeeded in putting technology in the service of the UN Development Goals. I was then asked to chair the UN Global Alliance on ICT for Development (UNGAID) and a dozen other UN bodies," he said.
The Forum and for the first time, an AI Startup Contest in which 12 projects were given the opportunity to make a short pitch to representatives of leading investment funds, technology companies and business incubators in China and other Asian countries.
He also highlighted the excellent relations between Russia and Jordan covering education, tourism, culture and business and that there is always a space to do more giving an example that this year around 1322 Jordanian students are currently studying in 94 Russian universities out of which 386 students are scholarship- based.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh's participation was based on an official invitation by the organizers in which he also took part in the Mega Science Infrastructure to Create the Industry of the Future plenary session.