The main objectives of the conference were:
To help client countries conceptualize, formulate and implement coherent and cross-sectoral knowledge-economy strategies;
To facilitate knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning on knowledge economy strategies for stakeholders from both the public and private sectors;
To encourage regional collaboration and possibly build a Community of Practice in Arab countries on the knowledge economy.
The focus of the conference was on “how to” transform a knowledge economy, paying close attention to the countries’ national context, culture, and circumstances.