First International Knowledge Economy Conference

Friendship Hall, Khartoum – Sudan

Sudan is facing a daunting challenge in diversifying its economy. A diverse economy for the Sudan would mean huge benefits for the country in terms of economic growth, global market reach and less dependence on a single commodity sector.

This conference is timely from the country’s need to examine the current status, a necessary step for realization of new prospects and adoption and application of future policies and programs. The conference aims to assess Sudan’s position with regard to implementation of the Knowledge Economy (KE) pillars and to evaluate the country’s performance in terms of transition to a KE and global competitiveness.

The concept “Knowledge Economy” is currently utilized to describe an economy that creates, disseminates, and uses knowledge to enhance its growth and development. According to the World Bank, a successful KE is characterized by close links between academic science and industrial technology, empowered by increased education and lifelong learning, and greater investment in intangibles such as research and development (R&D) and software. It places greater importance on innovation for economic growth and competitiveness.

This conference will focus on the question what do policy makers in Sudan actually need to know about the knowledge-based economy and the underlying boundlessness of the concept of knowledge-based economy. Also what policy makers need to do inorder to raise awareness about economic diversification with particular focus on the fundamental concepts of a KE across the private and the public sectors aiming of turning the economy into a KE.

Attending this conference is an opportunity for policy makers, academics, government officials, students to get together and share their knowledge as a first step toward a transformational plan that they can tailor to suit their unique circumstances for a sustainable future in Sudan. Moreover the conference will also include a LIVE DEMO of the first of its kind Knowledge Management Framework established in the Arab Countries and the opportunity for participants to explore the various activities (teaching, research, and consultancy) offered by the Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), University of Brighton, UK and meet face to face MEKEI’s core members and explores future collaboration and partnership.

Similar to previous conferences organised by MEKEI, this multidisciplinary conference is expected to attract large number of global experts and scholars in addition to MEKEI members all over the world.

Keynote speakers

Professor Aidan Berry
University of Brighton, UK

Professor John Adams
British University in Egypt, Egypt

Professor Allam Ahmed
Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute, UK


Dr. Osama Mohamed Ibrahim

Dr. Samia Satti Osman Mohamed Nour
University of Khartoum, Sudan