preparations are under way for the launch of a major e-commerce
conference and exhibition here this week.
e-commerce conference at the King Faisal Hall will be opened by Riyadh
Governor Prince Salman tomorrow on behalf of Crown Prince Abdullah,
deputy premier and commander of the National Guard. The exhibition
will be held at the Riyadh Exhibition Center from Monday.
Al-Gari, a member of the organizing committee, told Arab News that the
event, being organized by King Abdul Aziz City for Science and
Technology, the Ministry of Commerce and the Riyadh Exhibition
Company, has attracted international attention.
initiative is the first time that KACST and the Ministry of Commerce
have combined their technical resources ... to expand the role of
e-commerce in the Saudi economy, produce the required regulations and
guidelines, and attract the needed private sector investments.” He
said admission to the exhibition and lectures would be on payment of a
fee and those interested should contact Riyadh Exhibitions Co. on
4541448 or visit their website www.recexpo.com
said the United States was sending Paul Christy, director of
Information Systems for the US Commercial Services, to attend the
conference while the UK had nominated Andrew Pinder, director of
industry in the government’s e-envoy office. Pinder recently took to
the stage with Microsoft’s chairman Bill Gates to demonstrate
Britain’s world-leading government gateway portal to representatives
of governments across the world.
will be represented by the director-general of Malaysian
Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit. The United
Nations is dispatching its regional technology expert on e-commerce in
the Arab world. The CEO of Dubai Internet City and other regional
experts are also expected to take part.
said representation from the private sector is equally impressive. The
industry’s household names, such as Microsoft, Intel, Sun, Nokia,
IBM, Cisco, Hewlett Packard and Arthur Anderson are among the
companies that have named high-level speakers to the three-day
program. Special seminars are also planned by Tejari.com on the new
breed of business-to-business services and Meta Group on e-commerce
security. Saudi OgerTel, the Internet Service Provider of Saudi Oger,
and Petrocommerce, BEA, E-Commerce and IV will also present seminars.
Kingdom’s speakers are among an impressive list of dignitaries led
by Saudi Telecom Company, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, Saudi
Basic Industries Corporation, Saudi Aramco, the Ministry of Commerce
Minister of Commerce for Technical Affairs Dr. Fawaz Alamy will
highlight the Saudi government’s keenness to promote economic
diversification and the pivotal role of e-commerce in boosting Saudi
Abdullah Al-Rasheed, vice president for research at KACST, said “the
distinguished participants will contribute ideas that will be of great
help in shaping the emerging e-commerce and e-government policy
guidelines for the Kingdom.”
Saudi Research and Publishing Company’s publications — Arab News,
Asharq Al-Awsat and Eqtesadiah — are bringing out special
supplements on Monday to mark the event. SRPC will have a stand at the
expo where all its publications will be on display. Visitors can read
Arab News and Asharq Al-Awsat on the Internet at the SRPC stand.
Source: Arab News©