The eighth Jeddah Economic Forum kicked off at the Hilton today. More than 2,500 businessmen and women from Saudi Arabia and other countries have come to Jeddah to participate in the prestigious three-day forum.
The theme of the 2007 forum is “Economic Reform: Flourishing Grounds and Expanding Horizons.” Delegates will participate in six three-hour sessions.
This year’s include Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Queen Rania of Jordan, former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, former Polish President Lech Walesa, former NATO Commander Wesley Clark, European Commissioner Peter Mandelson, Vice Chairman of the Chevron Corporation Peter Robertson, Minister of Commerce and Industry Hashim Yamani and former Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki-Al Faisal.
The JEF was established in 2000 at the initiative of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) to promote Jeddah’s position as the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia and a center for Middle East business. International, regional and local leaders from the private and public sectors convene annually to discuss global and regional economic, political and social trends, to propose solutions to current and future challenges, and to enhance cooperation among business leaders and organizations.