Saudi E-Commerce Forum attracts high level support

H.E. Osama Faqeeh, Minister Of Commerce, Saudi Arabia will give the opening address at the 2nd Saudi E-Commerce Forum in Riyadh in November.

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By  Rob Corder Published  September 20, 2000

H.E. Osama Faqeeh, Minister Of Commerce, Saudi Arabia will give the opening address at the 2nd Saudi E-Commerce Forum in Riyadh.

The Forum, which is sponsored by Arabian Business.com, runs from 4-6 November at the Al Faisaliah Conference Centre, Riyadh, is expecting to attract a capacity audience of over 750 sponsors, guests, delegates and exhibitors.

The Forum aims at creating a platform for constructive debate and interaction by bringing together government representatives, domestic and multinational companies from all major industrial sectors and the world’s leading specialists in the field of e-commerce technology and expertise.

The three-day Forum Programme provides a mix of education featuring papers presented by the world’s highest authorities in electronic business and will extensively cover various aspects of e-commerce including: M-Commerce, telecommunications, WTO & Global electronic business, E-government, E-banking, E-health, energy & petrochemical industries, E-procurement, transportation and distribution, retail and service Industries, and human resources.

The first sitting of the Forum, presented by Renaud Sorieul, Secretary of the E-Commerce Working Group, UNCITRAL will focus on Law and Legal Issues adopted by the UN General Assembly. Advances in telecommunications will be addressed by Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Yami, Executive President of Saudi Telecommunications Company followed by a briefing on Mobile Commerce by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Dr. Ibrahim Mishari, Vice President IT and Chief Information Officer, Saudi Aramco will evaluate the uses of the Internet and e-commerce in the energy and petrochemical industry.

“Our obligation is to adapt pioneering strategies that will allow us to move forward matching the speed of change that is overwhelming our industries today. The new advancements and still to come developments in the information technology field in my opinion is equal if not exceeding the industrial revolution of the past century. If the past century is marked as the machine and industrial age this century is the information age.” Says Dr. Mishari.

A real life DotCom case study of www.Revise.it by two 19 year old Oxford University students whose DotCom initiative was independently valued at $163 487 000, 48 hours after its launch will be assessed under the discussion of wealth creation models.

The distinguished panel of speakers further includes representation from the GartnerGroup, Harrods, BP Amoco, POSC, British Airways, Baypar.com, AVIS and TNT.

The 3rd day sitting will cover visions, trends, opportunities, the IPO process and strategic partnerships in Internet technology.

Also on the 3rd day, a special Forum Workshop focusing on Security and Legal Aspects will be held as an integral element of The 2nd Saudi E-Commerce Forum. This topic will address and explain the practical and legal ramifications of this revolutionary new trend of doing business. The security session will examine ‘Secure Electronic Transactions’ – SET, the panacea for secure Internet commerce and electronic cash. The legal session will cover the necessity of global co-ordination and policy development in e-commerce and Internet transactions. The workshop will question whether our regional legal system can respond appropriately to the challenges heralded by Cyberspace.

Strategies and rationale discussed at the Conference will be further enhanced for delegates by attending the exhibition running alongside the Forum. The highly focused exhibition will feature key international and regional specialist e-commerce companies, IT hardware and software suppliers and specialist consultants.

The exhibition will allow Forum participants the maximum opportunity to gain valuable up-to-the-minute information on the latest e-commerce products and services on offer around the globe. In addition, Forum delegates can take advantage of live on-line product demonstrations and problem solving sessions with specialist technicians and advisors.

The 2ND Saudi E-Commerce is co-ordinated by Bahrain based specialist conference and exhibition management company, MEGA – Middle East Global Advisors.

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