KAICIID chief lauds King Salman’s efforts against terror, extremism

KAICIID Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar addresses at the 30th International Summit on Religion in Kyoto, Japan on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 06 August 2017
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KAICIID chief lauds King Salman’s efforts against terror, extremism

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, on Saturday lauded King Salman’s efforts in establishing global centers against extremism and terrorism.
“The lack of coordination in the combat of terrorism has fueled the rise of extremists, who brought many areas in the world into violent conflict in the name of religion and politics,” bin Muammar said while attending the 30th International Summit on Religion in Kyoto, Japan.
In his speech titled “The role of clergymen and religious institutions in supporting policymakers to combat extremism and terrorism,” he said dialogue and understanding are key to building knowledge and trust between religions and cultures.
He stressed the need to support individuals, institutions and clergymen to reinforce efforts against terrorism and hatred.
All religions are based on mercy, forgiveness and respect of the other, said bin Muammar, who stressed the need to find comprehensive and sustainable solutions.
He gave a presentation on the activities of KAICIID, an international organization established by Saudi Arabia in 2012 with participation from Austria, Spain, the Vatican, and a board of nine religious leaders representing the world’s major faiths and cultures.


‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

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‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

  • The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25
  • The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential

RIYADH: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has revealed the program for a high-profile gathering of global leaders, business chiefs and innovators in Riyadh next week.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25 with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde among those scheduled to take part.

More than 150 speakers from 140 different organizations have confirmed their attendance for the event which was hosted for the first time a year ago and was quickly dubbed “Davos in the Desert” — a reference to the annual World Economic Forum hosted each year in the Swiss resort.

The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential.

“FII is a global platform focused on identifying future economic trends and opportunities, defining the future of industries and discussing how investment can contribute to overall global prosperity and development,” the PIF, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, said on Monday.

“Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world is undergoing a period of large-scale economic and technological transformation. FII will convene global leaders, investors and innovators to discuss how businesses, governments and global institutions can work together to drive long-term growth and prosperity.”

The next installment of FII will include a panel called “One World” — a look at how leaders from business and government develop a collective vision for the future.

Other sessions cover digital currencies, capital flows, market drivers, immersive technology, sustainability and giga-projects such as NEOM, the vast development announced at last year’s FII.