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KPPC Lecture Series

With the aim to build national capacities in the area of public policies, the KPPC holds a monthly talk series that provides a platform for policy dialogue and relevant policy debate. The talk series brings onboard renowned speakers, practitioners, and academic researchers with public policy expertise from around the world. In engaging with the public, experts and national stakeholders. The KPPC Lecture Series serves as a platform where different ideas from around the world are shared and policies are challenged to inform future policies. The first step to drafting an effective public policy is to have the knowledge and expertise needed to produce it. The KPPC lecture series serves to share expertise and knowledge in order to effectively take that first step.


Global Trends on Urban Resilience

Jafar Friaa

Urbanization is a positive force that enables people to benefit from economies of agglomeration through: increased productivity due to economic density; accelerated innovation from knowledge spillovers; and greater mobility and access to jobs and services. However, the congestion of cities also puts immense pressure on land and natural resources, causing undesirable outcomes from housing shortages, suboptimal basic services, increased pollution, and traffic congestion. This presentation will showcase examples of the World Bank’s global integrated solutions and cutting-edge support for cities seeking to improve urban livability, resilience, and competitiveness

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The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Outlook for the Global Economy and the GCC

Scott Livermore

This presentation will kick off by examining how hard COVID-19 has hit economies across the world in 2020. Drawing upon Oxford Economics’ (OE) extensive research, Scott will illustrate how such impacts can be measures using innovative data sources such as mobility. Scott will then utilise the data by examining themes such as how the stringency of lockdown has impacted economic performance.

 The presentation will also discuss how the recovery from the pandemic will look like for the GCC and whether COVID-19 will have longer lasting events. To close, Scott will assess the range of scenarios that the latest research from OE shows may characterise the world economy’s recovery from COVID-19 and what that tells us about economic risks over the next couple of years.


Managing COVID 19: An Expert View

Dr Farley Kleghorn

 A history of significant zoonoses in humans.
 What is a coronavirus and what does it do?
 The current global pandemic in multiple stages.
 COVID 19’s description and treatment.
 The near future of the pandemic
 Discussion: Q&A

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The Transformation of Smart Cities to Intelligent Communities

John Jung

The lecture will present the concept of “Intelligent Communities” as an evolution from Smart Cities. While Smart Cities focus on enabling technologies and developing high tech infrastructure, “Intelligent Communities” present the next step in the development of cities by focusing on incorporating technology with the development of human capital. The lecture will discuss the development of innovation ecosystems, digital equality, and empowerment of citizen-focused participation.


Artificial Intelligence and Technologies: The Taiwanese Experience

Dr. Vincent Wen-Sheng Feng

The lecture will present the Taiwan case study in the area of Artifcial Intelligence. It will discuss the Taiwan Action Plan in this feld and examples of its applications. The speaker will highlight an innovative idea in this area related to co-creation platform that links industry and academic.