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Riyadh Gears up for the biggest IT event

Riyadh, 27th November 2001-- AS MANY AS 400 IT COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE GULF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION (GITEX) TO BE HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RIYADH FROM APRIL 21 TO 25 NEXT YEAR.

PRINCE SAUD ABDULLAH AL-FAISAL, CHAIRMAN OF RIYADH EXHIBITIONS CO., SAID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HERE MONDAY NIGHT THAT MAJOR IT COMPANIES FROM THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN WILL DISPLAY THEIR STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGIES AT THE SHOW, WHICH WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY WITH A SEMINAR ON E-GOVERNMENT.

HE SAID GITEX WAS COMING TO RIYADH AFTER A SUCCESSFUL RECENT RUN IN DUBAI.

SPEAKING TO ARAB NEWS LATER, ABDULRAHMAN AL-JERAISY, PRESIDENT OF THE RIYADH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND HUSAIN AL-ATHEL, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF RCCI, REFERRED TO THE CHAMBER'S ROLE IN TRAINING YOUNG SAUDIS FOR A CAREER IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

THEY SAID THE CHAMBER ALSO HAD A PLACEMENT SERVICE UNDER WHICH THEIR TRAINEES HAD LANDED IT-RELATED JOBS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR FIRMS.

THE DIPLOMAS GRANTED BY THE CHAMBER WERE RECOGNIZED IN THE EMPLOYMENT MARKET EVEN BY LARGE COMPANIES, AL-ATHEL SAID.

ACCORDING TO DR. AKRAM MASRI, A SENIOR EXECUTIVE OF RIYADH EXHIBITIONS CO., IT SPENDING IN THE MIDDLE EAST WILL EXCEED $4.6 BILLION NEXT YEAR. HE SAID SAUDI ARABIA ACCOUNTS FOR 40 PERCENT OF THE IT MARKET IN THE GULF.

ASKED ABOUT THE GROWTH OF E-COMMERCE IN THE KINGDOM, HE SAID IT WAS BOOMING, WITH OVER 600,000 NEW INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS DRIVING THE MASSIVE GROWTH.

THE OPENING OF DIRECT ACCESS TO THE INTERNET 'IS STIMULATING VAST GROWTH IN THIS SECTOR FOR PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES'.

Source: SPA

 

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