Sharjah’s forum explores solutions to pressing global issues

Sharjah: Urgent humanitarian, economic and social problems and innovative solutions are the focus of the 11th International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) in Sharjah.

The 28-29 September Challenges and Solutions Forum will feature 12 activities led by more than 50 experts and intellectuals.

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

The session will discuss the suitability of mainstream journalism and media curricula to meet the needs of the labor market and make recommendations to achieve aspects of development needed to meet current needs.

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.

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The Writing Room project is a series of workshops aimed at discovering promising new talent and giving them the opportunity to develop their writing skills, as well as to work on sustainable strategies by qualifying and training copywriters.

The discussion “Generational Dialogue: Media Experiences and Knowledge” will allow 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.

The brainstorming session “Creating a New World for Refugees” discusses ways to integrate refugees into society to meet 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 .

At the Government Communication Tools and Effective Impact workshop, participants will benefit from an interactive session highlighting effective communication skills for speakers, including writing, reading, listening, presentation skills and body language.

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It will also highlight tools to influence the public and deliver factual and persuasive messages in the shortest and most efficient way.

The Job Shadowing Program offers employees and students hands-on training, led by a team of experts, to develop their skills and prepare them for the job market. The program includes five main elements: the job shadow program, newsroom, smart media platform, media etiquette and social media page design.

The second activity, titled ‘Government Communication Chat’, is a platform for interactive and innovative discourse that will bring government officials together.

It will serve as a one-stop shop for initiating direct lines of communication between officials and the public to share knowledge and expertise.

The Researchers Platform is a qualitative initiative aiming to provide knowledge-based content and database for all matters related to government communication such as research, studies, books, references and global best practices.

It aims to become an essential reference for workers, researchers and scholars in the field, as well as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and research to ensure the development of national, regional and international government communications.

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The workshop “Project Management Skills in the Light of Government Communication” examines the requirements for more efficient and effective project management.

Participants gain comprehensive knowledge of all project management topics, including idea selection and project construction, 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 fourth Sharjah Youth Forum, Youth Council’s 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” will highlight how governments can use influencers as an innovative and effective modern tool to effect behavioral changes in societies and become more adaptable, balanced and in tune with successive global developments.

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