The objective of ASIALICS is to stimulate the establishment of knowledge based strategies or economic development in Asia. The idea is to bring together interesting issues about what is going on in Asian countries and companies and to share experiences regarding methodology, analytical results and policies. This year (2017) was the first time that ASIALICS conference was held in West-Asia, since conference boards believed that the experience of East Asia in successful technological learning needs to be replicated in the West-Asia, although there are substantial differences between the two regions. Therefore, the main question was that how the West-Asia could successfully catch-up in the international context, given the fact that it needs both to learn from the East-Asia and possibly other parts of the world and also to consider its local factors such as demography, culture and economic structure. The two-day event featured prominent speakers from academia, industries, government who transform global landscape.