From vanishing jobs to refugee crises, International Government Communication Forum 2022 in Sharjah to address challenges

Sharjah: More than 50 experts and intellectuals will spotlight urgent humanitarian, economic and social problems and discuss innovative solutions at the two-day 11th International Government Communication Forum, to be held on 28-29 September at the Expo Center Sharjah.

Themed ‘Challenges and Solutions’, prominent speakers chaired the sessions including Mohammed Abdullah Abdulkareem, Deputy Managing Director News Content at Emirates News Agency (WAM); Randa Habib, former Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Agence France Presse; Rashid Al Hamer, Editor-in-Chief of Al Ayam; Salha Ghabish, Director of the Culture and Media Office at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs; dr Saeed Musabeh AlKaabi, Chairman of the Sharjah Education Council; and Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.

Activities are organized in partnership with Sharjah Press Club, Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sharjah Media City (Shams) and Big Heart Foundation.

dialogue of thoughts

Organized by the International Government Communication Center (IGCC) – an initiative of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) – the opening day of the annual event will kick off with the “Media Curriculum Session: Theoretical Reality and the Labor Market”.

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Taking place in the Dialogue of Minds Hall, the session will discuss the suitability of mainstream journalism and media curricula to meet the demands of the labor market and make recommendations to achieve aspects of development needed to meet current needs.

Meanwhile, the brainstorming session ‘Challenges for Entrepreneurs…Who Has the Solutions?’ will focus on the economic changes and technological developments that challenge entrepreneurs. The ideas shared by the speakers will be a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs and encourage them to take steps to keep up with the entrepreneurial environment at national, regional and global levels.

writing room

The Writing Room project will be the final activity on Day 1 of the Forum. There will be workshops aimed at discovering promising new talent and giving them the opportunity to develop their writing skills and work on sustainable strategies by qualifying and training copywriters.

The discussion “Generational Dialogue: Media Experiences and Knowledge” opens the door for students of journalism and media faculties to benefit from the expertise and experience of Arab media representatives who will share their visions and perspectives and answer questions from the audience.

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The brainstorming session “Creating a New World for Refugees” discusses ways to integrate refugees into society to fulfill their aspirations for a decent life. The session will also discuss innovative solutions to overcome the economic crises that result from the burden of seeking refuge and ways to set up sustainable projects that balance the needs of refugees and the communities in which they live .

Attendees will also benefit from an interactive session highlighting effective communication skills for speakers including writing, reading, listening, presentation skills and body language.

job shadowing

The Job Shadowing Program in the We’re Seeking Hall offers training for employees and students, led by a team of experts, to develop their skills and prepare them for the job market.

The second activity, titled ‘Government Communication Chat’, is a platform for interactive and innovative discourse, bringing government officials together and serving as a focal point for initiating direct lines of communication between officials and the public to share knowledge and expertise.

On the closing day, the We’re Seeking Hall will house the Researchers Platform. This is a qualitative initiative aiming to provide knowledgeable content and database for all matters related to government communication such as research, studies, books, references and global best practices.

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Youth Town Hall

The two-day workshop entitled “Project Management Skills in the Light of Government Communication” will take place in the Youth Town Hall. The workshop examines the requirements for more efficient and effective project management. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of all project management topics, including idea selection and project set-up, the practical approach to scheduling and budgeting; Defining the scope of work and building teams, as well as the practical approach to project monitoring and control.

On the first day of the 4th Sharjah Youth Forum, “Youth Council Challenges and Opportunities” will highlight the roles and achievements of local youth councils, the key challenges and ways to address them with innovative ideas; and the role of youth in facilitating the work of youth councils. A panel discussion entitled “Influencers and the Genius of Social Conditioning” concludes the activities in the Jugendstadthalle.

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