Internet usage expected to soar in Saudi Arabia

KACST is laying the foundations for over half a million Internet users in Saudi Arabia said Dr. Saleh Al-Athel, KACST's President at the Saudi E-Commerce Conference yesterday.

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By  Rob Corder Published  May 9, 2001

King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is laying the foundation for over half a million Internet users in Saudi Arabia within 12 months.

In his keynote speech, Dr. Saleh Al-Athel, president of KACST told delegates at the Saudi International Conference & Exhibition for E-Commerce yesterday that the growth in Internet subscribers should be seen as a significant opportunity to boost economic activity and create valuable jobs for Saudi nationals.

The Saudi International E-Commerce Conference and Exhibition, which concludes tomorrow at the Riyadh Exhibition Center, has attracted high level support from KACST, Saudi Telecommunications Company and other Saudi Arabian Ministries. The 30 Internet solution vendors that form the exhibition running alongside the main conference have received high-level delegations from the Saudi Arabian government who are looking to inject Internet speed into their institutions.

A key concern for many delegates at the E-Commerce conference was the issue of Internet security. Dr. Al-Athel recognised that businesses and government agencies were right to address this issue, and said that KACST was working on developing a Public Key Infrastructure, which forms the foundation for building secure systems.

On the fringes of the E-Commerce Conference, delegates took time to compare notes on their progress towards embracing Internet technology. Hussien Al-Athel, secretary-general for the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for example, discussed how efforts were proceeding to centralise the Web sites of Saudi Arabia’s many Chambers of Commerce into a single portal. He said that potential international investors would be able to more easily evaluate opportunities in Saudi Arabia once there was a single source for business information in the Kingdom.

Dot.com pioneers in Saudi Arabia used the Conference to announce new initiatives. Zgrocer.com, the first supermarket Web site in Saudi Arabia, was launched yesterday. The site owners say that grocery shopping on the Internet could be more successful in Saudi Arabia than anywhere else in the world due to the unique way people have to shop in the Kingdom.

The Saudi International Conference and Exhibition for E-Commerce is being jointly run and supported by KACST, the Ministry of Commerce and Riyadh Exhibitions Company.
King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is laying the foundation for over half a million Internet users in Saudi Arabia within 12 months.

In his keynote speech, Dr. Saleh Al-Athel, president of KACST told delegates at the Saudi International Conference & Exhibition for E-Commerce yesterday that the growth in Internet subscribers should be seen as a significant opportunity to boost economic activity and create valuable jobs for Saudi nationals.

The Saudi International E-Commerce Conference and Exhibition, which concludes tomorrow at the Riyadh Exhibition Center, has attracted high level support from KACST, Saudi Telecommunications Company and other Saudi Arabian Ministries.

The 30 Internet solution vendors that form the exhibition running alongside the main conference have received high-level delegations from the Saudi Arabian government who are looking to inject Internet speed into their institutions.

A key concern for many delegates at the E-Commerce conference was the issue of Internet security. Dr. Al-Athel recognised that businesses and government agencies were right to address this issue, and said that KACST was working on developing a Public Key Infrastructure, which forms the foundation for building secure systems.

On the fringes of the E-Commerce Conference, delegates took time to compare notes on their progress towards embracing Internet technology. Hussien Al-Athel, secretary-general for the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for example, discussed how efforts were proceeding to centralise the Web sites of Saudi Arabia’s many Chambers of Commerce into a single portal. He said that potential international investors would be able to more easily evaluate opportunities in Saudi Arabia once there was a single source for business information in the Kingdom.

Dot.com pioneers in Saudi Arabia used the Conference to announce new initiatives. Zgrocer.com, the first supermarket Web site in Saudi Arabia, was launched yesterday. The site owners say that grocery shopping on the Internet could be more successful in Saudi Arabia than anywhere else in the world due to the unique way people have to shop in the Kingdom.

The Saudi International Conference and Exhibition for E-Commerce is being jointly run and supported by KACST, the Ministry of Commerce and Riyadh Exhibitions Company.

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