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Gaza University opened the ICITB2020 confernece activities

13/07/2020

In Co-operation with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM),

Gaza University(GU) Does the Activities of the First Internationally-held Conference about Information Technology and Business(ICITB)

The launch of the first internationally-held conference about information technology and business have today been prepared by Gaza University in co-operation with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The opening ceremony has been attended by Prof Dr Farid Al-Qeeq, President of Gaza University; Prof Dr Riyadh Al-Khudari, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Mr Husam Al-Aloul, Chairman of  University Administrative Council; Dr Ziyad Al-Dammagh, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Mr Ehab Al-Aloul, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs; members of University Council; representatives of both participating and sponsoring bodies; and many researchers, experts, specialists, including those interested in the field of information technology and business.

In his speech, president of the conference Prof Al-Qeeq stressed that the conference has been held electronically, the aim of which is to show another example in excellence and leadership of Gaza University. He said, ‘The university prides itself upon being the first institution to have been using e-learning in education, which is achieved by its academic and administrative cadres as well as its students. Without a shadow of a doubt, it has been a significant achievement through the successful completion of the education-related process, effectively ending the second semester, within the usual academic agenda, taking into consideration the outstanding and excellent quality of education and of its academic outputs. Today Gaza University constitutes another achievement by completing all the necessary preparations required in order for the conference to work towards all the desirable goals in effective and useful ways.

For his part, Vice President of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Prof Dr Muhammad Hamdan bin Ahmed stressed in his speech the strong relationship between the Malaysian and Palestinian people, shedding light on the Malaysian University’s keenness to fully cooperate with Gaza University, in a way that considerably benefits the academic and research work as well as common areas of interest between them.

Head of Supreme Council for Creativity and Excellence Engineer Adnan Samara stressed that in despite of the difficult circumstances experienced by the all Palestinians from all levels, especially the life-threatening, lethal disease-the Covid-19, the Palestinians will leave no stone unturned to build the institutions of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. He also has pointed out that the Council is currently preparing for the fifth National Forum entitled ‘Creativity and the Covid-19 Pandemic.’

His Excellency the Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Osama Al-Saadawi stressed that the importance of the information technology-related sector is stemmed from the fact that it is considered as a basic infrastructure for the knowledge-based economy, especially at a time when everyone is moving towards change in preparation for the industrial revolution. He has said "For this, according to the vision of Prime Minister Dr Mohamed Shtayyeh, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment has been keen within the eighth government to encourage and foster a sustainable and possible innovation and leadership environment focusing on youth energies. It also offers technical support to individuals and institutions working in the field of entrepreneurship; establishes a network of multilateral partnerships at the local and international level; and produces positive results pertaining innovation, leadership and empowerment, according to international indicators.

For his part, the Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Palestine Monetary Authority Mr Azzam Al Shawa valued the role played by Gaza University in throwing light on information technology and business, through its distinguished scientific conference held in co-operation with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) especially in light of the rapid acceleration in the field of innovation technology at the financial level. It presents challenges for financial service providers, banks and central banks, according to their specialisation and competence, thus stressing the keenness of the Palestine Monetary Authority to closely co-operate with universities in Palestine in order to serve students and society.

Mr Al-Shawwa has pointed out that the Palestine Monetary Authority has drawn up a new strategy for the next five years. It aims to develop the work of the Palestine Monetary Authority and the banking and financial sector. Also, it has worked to implement a national strategy for developing e-payment methods in 2018, for five years, in co-operation with the Palestinian Authority. On the ground, it has licensed two e-payment companies to provide e-payment services, including e-wallets and prepaid cards. Similarly, it has expressed its strong interest in the financial inclusion. Practically speaking, the Palestine Monetary Authority has closely co-operated with the Swedish Central Bank to learn from its experience in issuing a Palestinian national digital currency, hoping that the activities undertaken and recommendations made by the conference will make a major contribution to the development of the financial and business sector exclusively relying on technology.

In turn, chair of the preparatory committee for the conference and dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at Gaza University Dr Kholoud Al-Batsh has pointed out that the electronically-held conference by the University Council has expanded the conference's vital role in targeting people and bodies worldwide, by the use of technology media and by live streaming the conference, using internet-related technology, with interested people and specialists flooding into the conference.

In his speech, chair of the scientific committee of the conference and dean of the Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences at Gaza University Dr Tariq Abu Hujayr has said that the number of researchers participating in the conference has reached up to 75 researchers hailing from many Arab and Islamic countries, including Palestine, Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan. He has pointed out that the number of accepted papers for participation in the conference amounted to 42, including 27 papers in Arabic and 15 papers in English, all addressing the different themes of the conference. He has also said that the accepted researches will be published within the International Research Encyclopedia (Elsevier), and the Arabic researches will be published in a special number of Gaza University Journal for Studies and Research.

It is worth mentioning that at the end of the opening session of the conference, special and warm thanks go to all parties that have made a  contribution in the success and achievement of the conference, including the Supreme Council for Innovation and Excellence; the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment; the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; the Palestinian Information and Communication Technology Union (PICTA); Union of Palestinian information systems companies (PITA); The Palestine Monetary Authority( PMA); the Palestine Telecommunication Group (PalTel); and Sadeel Media Production.