2001 Jeddah Economic
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
They head an array of speakers from the global worlds of politics and
commerce, who will make next year's event one of the key conferences
in the business calendar of the Middle East.
The Jeddah Economic Forum will be held at the Leylaty Ballrooms,
Jeddah, from 20-22 January 2001. This is the third year the event has
been staged; the 2000 Forum, held earlier this year, was attended by
luminaries such as former US President, George Bush, and John Major,
Britain's Prime Minister from 1990-97.
The 2001 Jeddah Economic Forum will be held under the auspices of His
Royal Highness Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Governor of
The event is being organized by the Jeddah Marketing Board in
conjunction with the MIT Sloan School of Management of the USA. The
event will be notable for the presentation of international thinking
on the 'New Economy', the fast-changing development of global business
sparked by technological innovation. Speakers will provide a vital
insight into the way the world is having to adjust to the electronic
Helmut Kohl, Giscard d'Estaing and Carlos Menem are the keynote
speakers throughout the event. They will present delegates to the
Forum with a unique opportunity to hear how world leaders expect
economic development to transform the first decades of the 21st
Mark Moody-Stuart, Group Managing Director of Royal Dutch-Shell, will
present at the Forum at a time of great importance to the oil markets
and other speakers include Sir David Walker, Chairman of Morgan
Stanley Dean Witter (Europe) Ltd, Marcel Ospel, Group CEO of UBS
AG, Niall W A Fitzgerald, Chairman of Unilever plc, John Pepper,
Chairman of Proctor and Gamble, Professor Lester Thurow, Professor
Glen L Urban, Mr. Yoichi Morishita, President of Matsushita Electric
Industrial Company Ltd, Doctor Simon Johnson, John Quelch, Dean of the
London Business School, and David Rubenstein, Chairman of the Carlyle
Several hundred leading businessmen from Saudi Arabia and the region
are expected to attend the 2001 Jeddah Economic Forum, says Amr
Dabbagh, Chairman of the Jeddah Marketing Board.
"The last event, held earlier this year, was extremely
well-attended and we expect an even bigger audience in 2001, he said.
"Saudi Arabia's economy is undergoing a major transformation due
to the reforms set in motion by the Government and changes in the
international business scene.
"The Forum has captured the world's attention. Saudi Arabia is an
important market and we have had significant overseas interest from
businessmen wishing to take part. For local entrepreneurs, the Forum
presents a major opportunity to hear at first hand what is happening
in other parts of the world," he added.
Forum to Profile Wealth Creation
The Jeddah Marketing Board has announced that 'Wealth Creation in a
Knowledge-Based Economy' is to be the theme of next year's Jeddah
"In selecting this theme, we have identified topics of great
importance at the present time to businessmen in Saudi Arabia and
elsewhere," commented Amr Dabbagh.
"Knowledge is all about being able to take quicker, better
informed decisions. In the past, businessmen in this region needed to
travel regularly or to establish a permanent local presence to know
what was going on.
"Technology, especially electronic communications systems such as
the Internet, is changing all of that. The message from all our 2001
Forum speakers is that future business success hangs on the
acquisition of information. This is the critical factor going
forward," added Mr Dabbagh. "Leading businessmen in this
region will want to hear the views of these international leaders.
The Jeddah Marketing Board will mount the Jeddah Economic Forum, the
third in its series, in conjunction with a luminous array of
international speakers who will examine how the new
technologically-based communication revolution is changing the face of
Day two looks at the subject of 'e-business', the electronic trading
of goods and services which will transform the Middle East within a
decade. The third day is dedicated to 'entrepreneurism' and focuses on
what works and what fails in today's global corporate world.
Further details on the Jeddah Economic Forum can be obtained from the
Jeddah Marketing Board website at: http://www.jeddahmarketing.com
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Jeddah Marketing Board by Gulf Hill and Knowlton. For further
information please contact Amr Amawi or Damian James on Jeddah (9662)
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