2003 News Story

Women to participate in October economic forum

In view of the important role expected to be played by Saudi women in discussions of issues strategic to the Saudi economy, a committee comprising 70 Saudi businesswomen and female experts recently held a workshop to identify structural reforms required for activation of the economy, in preparation for working papers to be presented at the Riyadh Economic Forum, to be held October 6-8, 2003 at the King Faisal Auditorium in Riyadh. President of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Abdulrahman Al-Jeraisy explained that the Forum will cover four major themes:

  1. the business sector: where discussions will focus on the obstacles facing the flow of investment in the present business environment, in addition to reviewing experiments in other countries that may be of use to medium and small-scale establishments.
  2. infrastructure: where the current situation will be assessed, and ways to develop it, including the role to be played by electric power, natural gas, transport, and the industrial cities.
  3. government policies and procedures: which will be reviewed to assess how the private sector can contribute to updating regulations in order to realize a genuine partnership with the government sector in drawing up objectives for the development plans.
  4. human resources: covering such issues as education, training and rehabilitation.