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Dubai summit aims to forge closer China tech links

Arab-China Tech Summit to take place in May, will focus attention on cross border innovation and technology

Dubai summit aims to forge closer China tech links

A delegation of 30 top investors from China will be taking part in the Arab-China Tech Summit in Dubai next month at a time when total internet penetration rate in the Middle East has reached more than 48 percent.

The summit, which takes place on May 2, 3 and 5, will focus attention on cross border innovation and technology and will also be attended by a similar number of UAE start-ups and venture capitalists.

The ePanda initiative, jointly organised with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, is designed to generate a better and more abiding understanding of two cultures as well as create a stairway to the next level of hi-tech applications through discussions and dialogue.

On day 1, keynote speaker Dr Hongjiang Zhang, venture partner of Source Code Capital, will talks about the technology transformation journey in China. He holds close to 200 patents, and has authored over 400 scientific papers, and is one of the most sited researchers in computer science.

Zhang will be followed by other speakers including Guifeng liu, SVP, Cheetah Mobile and Kushal Shah, head of Roland Berger and founder of Dubai Angel Investors

Yi Cao, founder of Source Code Capital, will also be speaking on Day 2 when the priority will be on issues within the industry and the points of reference will range from the future of e-commerce logistics and payment to the future of entertainment and content.

The session will be opened by the key note speaker, Mudassir Sheikha, founder of Careem while there will also be a start-ups showcase where local entrepreneurial successes like Altibbi, Soukare and Souqalmal will share their insights.

Day 3 will be dedicated to networking and further discussion and dialogue.

Rita Huangzhen, of organisers ePanda, said she was confident this would be a watershed meet between two forward thinking nations.

“This is an enormously impressive emerging market and the potential for collaborative growth is exponential,” she said, adding that at present, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and many other Middle East countries are increasing investments in the information and internet sectors.

“We are determined to connect as many people as we can and bring nations closer together,” she added.

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