Saudi's Ministry of Commerce organises huge e-commerce conference

Three day conference to run alongside Gitex Saudi Arabia, and provide insights into e-commerce and e-government in the region.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  December 11, 2001

Saudi’s Ministry of Commerce is going to be running an international conference on e-commerce alongside Gitex Saudi Arabia. The conference, due to take place between April 22nd and 24th in Riyadh, will focus on e-commerce and e-government solutions, the ‘IT’ experiences of local governments and the final day will cover Saudi Arabia’s own e-governments plans, strategies and experiences.

“Scheduling the event at the same time as Gitex Saudi Arabia is intended to maximise the convenience and benefits to professionals wishing to see the latest IT technologies at Gitex,” says Khalid Gari, project manager, for Gitex Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi e-commerce 2001, drew record attendance and participation, and we expect no less from the 2002 event,” he adds.

Deputy minister of commerce for technical affairs, Dr. Fawaz Al Alami added that as “the Saudi Government continues to have a keen interest in furthering economic diversification outside the oil sector... [e-commerce will play] a pivotal role in diversification and encouraging Saudi exports, and the efficient electronic delivery of government services.”

According to Dr. Akram Masri, director of exhibitions & conferences at Riyadh Exhibition Company (REC), the organisers of both Gitex Saudi Arabia and conference, “the panel of speakers and participants,” will contribute ideas and recommendations that will be “of great help in shaping the emerging e-commerce and e-government policy guidelines for the Kingdom.”

There are also plans for a number vendor-orientated workshops and seminars to run in parallel to the main conference.

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