Assistive Technology, ICT, Middle East, October 18 2019
QATAR: Mada, the assistive technology centre Qatar, has signed with Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) a memorandum of understanding and co-operation during the Qatar-Korean Business Forum, which kicked off yesterday.
The signing ceremony was attended by HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Sung Yun-mo.
The agreement, which was signed by CEO of Mada, Maha al-Mansouri, and the Executive Vice-President of KOTRA, SangMook Kim, establishes a co-operation between the two institutions in the field of development of innovations related to digital accessibility and assistive technology, providing a space for Korean innovations at Mada Innovation Lab, as well as promoting the latest technologies and their endorsement from Mada’s side.
This is part of Mada’s co-operation with various partners and innovators to develop a supportive ecosystem to create technological solutions that promote digital accessibility for people with disabilities and the elderly.
The two sides also agreed on co-operation in the field of research and studies. This agreement comes within the framework of Mada Center with various partners and innovators to develop an ecosystem that supports the creation of technological solutions that promote digital access for people with disabilities and the elderly and help provide solutions to the challenges facing these groups,CEO of Mada Maha al-Mansouri said.
This agreement is to support people with disabilities in the Arab world and not only within Qatar as these technological solutions will be appropriate for the challenges facing the Arab countries with disabilities, she added.Under this agreement, the parties will establish a joint committee that meet periodically for follow-up, planning, implementation and evaluation of the scope of work of this agreement.
Mada Centre is a private institution for public benefit, which was founded in 2010 as an initiative that aims at promoting digital inclusion and building a technology-based community that meets the needs of persons with functional limitations (PFLs), persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly.