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    ICESCO, ADA University, and Institute for Development and Diplomacy in Azerbaijan hold roundtable discussion on strategic foresight

    10 May 2024

    The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in partnership with Ada University and the Institute for Development and Diplomacy in Azerbaijan, held a roundtable discussion on strategic foresight, today, Friday, May 10, 2024, to exchange experiences and knowledge on enhancing the culture of foresight to contribute to decision-making. Experts from several countries and from research and strategic planning centers in Azerbaijan participated in the event, which took place at the University’s headquarters in Baku.

    At the onset of the roundtable, Dr. Fariz Ismailzade, Vice Rector at ADA University, delivered a welcoming speech underscoring the importance of the discussion and commending ICESCO’s role in promoting strategic foresight culture in the Islamic world.

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO’s Director General highlighted the prevailing global conditions marked by uncertainty, rapid changes, and unforeseen circumstances. He further stressed the urgent need to enhance strategic foresight, emphasizing its critical importance in navigating this uncertain landscape. Dr. AlMalik emphasized the necessity of addressing ongoing challenges to chart a clear and inclusive path, highlighting the importance of developing effective scenarios to guide decision-making.

    He also elaborated on the rapid transformations driven by successive technological advancements worldwide, highlighting the impacts of artificial intelligence on the work environment. This is associated with the decline of traditional professions and the emergence of unforeseen jobs. Statistics indicate that approximately 85% of future jobs in 2030 have not been yet envisioned, highlighting the crucial role of strategic foresight.

    Dr. AlMalik reiterated ICESCO’s commitment to fostering a culture of foresight and encouraging countries to prioritize long-term planning in their action plans. Moreover, he affirmed ICESCO’s dedication to maintaining its leading position in adopting foresight through numerous initiatives, programs, and activities.

    Mr. Anar Karimov, Head of Partnerships and International Cooperation Sector at ICESCO, acknowledged Azerbaijan’s alignment with roundtable’s theme, noting that the world’s development requires studying possible future scenarios and preparing to face challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

    Dr. Kais Hammami, Director of the ICESCO Center for Foresight and Artificial Intelligence, highlighted the role of university students in shaping the future, emphasizing the need to train and develop their skills to meet future requirements.

    Subsequently, the panel discussions commenced on topics related to foresight, management, public policies, and Azerbaijan’s experience in the field.

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