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Arab Knowledge Project First Core Team Meeting
AKP - Arab Knowledge Project
Beirut - Lebanon
15 - 16 Feb 2016
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Beirut - Lebanon
The Arab Knowledge Project (AKP) is a partnership between the UNDP and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Project underwent major changes by late 2014 and early 2015. The Arab Knowledge Report series was concluded with the release of the third Arab Knowledge Report, and a new phase of the project -and the partnership- started with the announcement of the Arab Knowledge Index and the Arab Knowledge Portal, Knowledge4all. This was officially embraced in the new partnership agreement that was officially signed in November 2015, extending the partnership for five additional years [2016-2020].

The launch took place on December 7-9 in Dubai, during the Knowledge Summit that was attended by more than 1000 invitees, led by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

During 2016, the AKP is planning to develop the Arab Knowledge Index 2015 and launch its 2016 version by the end of the year. For this aim, the AKP will start by holding the first Core Team meeting that will allow experts to brainstorm ways to develop the Arab Knowledge Index, in addition to discussing the possibility of the Index to include non-Arab countries and adding new themes or altering the variables of the existing themes.

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1. Accommodation and Venue of the meeting

1.1. Meeting venue: 

The meeting will be held at UNDP-RBAS Regional Programme Division Office located in Beirut.  

Lazarieh Center 
Block (02A) – 2nd Floor
Beirut, Downtown

1.2. Arrival and Departure:

Participants are expected to arrive on 14 February and depart on 17 February 2016 unless additional nights are required by travel constraints. 

Please be advised that the hotel rooms are available for guest check-in after 14:00 hrs. Guests arriving earlier will be checked in as soon as rooms become available. Consideration for checkout extensions later than 12:00 noon can only be confirmed on the date of departure.

1.3. Hotel Accommodation:

Rooms have been reserved for participants at Markazia Suites. 
UNDP will cover participants’ accommodation for 3 nights from 14 till 16 February, 2016 unless additional nights are required by travel constraints. 

Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred during their stay such as mini-bar, alcohol, telephone calls, laundry, business center, spa, etc.

1.4. Extra Meals

Participants can dine at any of the hotel’s restaurants. UNDP will cover the extra meals for up to                    USD 45.00 per meal (Lunch and/or dinner). Should the value of the meal exceed the mentioned amount, the extra charges will be added to your personal bill. Alcohol, tobacco and shisha are not covered. Also note that lunch and dinner will take place outside the hotel on 15-16 February 2016.

2. Travel/ Admin Requirements

2.1. Visa Formalities:

Participants traveling with national passports from non exempt countries should obtain a visa prior to commencing travel to Beirut. Kindly consult the Embassy of Lebanon on visa requirements. 

2.2. Transportation:

UNDP is arranging for participants airport pick-up and drop-off. 

3. Facilities

3.1. Fax/ E-mail/Printing

Accessibility to Fax/e-mail and printing of documents is available at UNDP-RBAS Office.

3.2. Voltage

The voltage in Lebanon is 220-240 Volts. The majority outlets accept one type of plug with two round style pins. If you travel to Lebanon with a device that does not accept 220-240 Volts, you will need a voltage converter. Although most laptops are designed for travellers and auto-sense and auto-switch between 110 and 240 volts, participants need to check for this capability before bringing their equipment to Lebanon. If a laptop does not have the right plug, you will also need to bring a plug adapter.

3.3. Currency and Exchange Rate

Exchange rate:   US$ 1.00 = LBP 1513.50

 Visa, Master Card & American Express are widely used in Lebanon.

3.4. Weather:

You can follow weather updates on Lebanon by clicking the below link: 

4. Emergency contact numbers:

4.1. Local emergency contacts

Police 112
First Aid & Ambulance service: 140

Monday 15 February 2016

09:00-11:00  Opening Session
11:00-11:30  Coffee Break
11:30-13:30  Pre-University Index Presentation and Discussion
13:30-14:30  Lunch
14:30-16:00  Higher Education Index Presentation and Discussion  

Tuesday 16 February 2016

09:00-11:00  R&D and Innovation Index Presentation and Discussion
11:00-11:30  Coffee Break
11:30-13:30  Economy Index Presentation and Discussion
13:30-14:30  Lunch
14:30-16:00  ICT Index Presentation and Discussion

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