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    ICESCO Think Tanks Forum Launches Invitation to Think Collectively towards New Perception of Time

    11 November 2022

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, held the ICESCO Think Tanks Forum “Towards a New Perception of Time,” which is organized by the ICESCO Center for Strategic Foresight, at the Organization’s headquarters in Rabat, with the presence of a group of experts, researchers and specialists from various Member States.

    During his opening remark, on Thursday, November 10, 2022, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General of ICESCO, explained that the Forum aims at exchanging experiences between high-caliber groups of thinkers and specialists and to discuss issues related to the present and the future. It is an invitation to think collectively about how to promote constructive dialogue on several important issues inside and outside the Member States.

    He pointed out that the great and surprising change that the world is witnessing in technology, along with the influence of the media and artificial intelligence applications compel us to address challenges with a comprehensive and proactive perception and motivate us to take strategic decisions to contribute to achieving a better future, noting the importance of think tanks in scientific research to reach solutions to present challenges and establish a safe world for our future generations.

    He stressed that ICESCO is establishing a unified system for the first network of think tanks to unify about 30 think tanks in the countries of the Islamic world, aiming at contributing to the development of their research capabilities to reach optimal efficiency in taking appropriate decisions, promoting exchange between research centers and enhancing their strategic position and influence at the international level, as well as communicating with 20 of the most important experts in the field of strategic foresight.

    Dr. AlMalik announced the opening of the Fatima Al-Fihriya Think Tank, which is the first think tank under women’s leadership in the Islamic world, in honor of Mrs. Fatima Al-Fihriya for her immortal contributions to cultural and scientific history, mainly building the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez and promoting science, ethics and knowledge. He also noted the importance of women’s role in change and their bright contributions that cannot be overlooked.

    For his part, Mr. Stephen Krueger, representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the Kingdom of Morocco, reviewed the Foundation’s efforts in supporting think tanks and research to find solutions to the challenges of time, commending ICESCO’s role in sponsoring and giving attention to scientific research and strategic thinking as well as its constant support for thinkers and specialists in the Islamic world.

    The conference included an institutional session, moderated by Dr. Kais Hammami, Director of ICESCO Center for Strategic Foresight, to present the efforts of the think tanks of the Organization’s Member States, the second session discussed the think tanks “Towards a New Perception of Time”, while the third session focused on the future of governance and think tanks.

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