Workshop held over future of e-commerce in Riyadh

Ministry of Commerce held a two-day workshop in Riyadh to discuss challenges in e-commerce. (Stock photo/Getty Images)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Workshop held over future of e-commerce in Riyadh

  • Experts from the organization also addressed challenges within the field and proposals made by member states

RIYADH: The Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) held a workshop in conjunction with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the future of e-commerce.
Participants at the two-day workshop included representatives from several governments, as well as a Saudi e-commerce technical team that included officials from the private sector.
According to the ministry, the program was designed to enhance capacity building at a national level.
“The aim of this workshop was to discuss the latest developments in the field,” said one media source, who added that the ministry wants to take full advantage of the technical assistance provided by international organizations like the WTO.
The WTO is currently intensifying efforts to bring e-commerce to the forefront so that it is adopted among all of its member states.
A host of submissions were put forward by members as part of an exploratory scope of work in support of future talks on the trade-related aspects of e-commerce.
Experts from the organization also addressed challenges within the field and proposals made by member states.
The preparatory process came in implementation of a joint statement signed by 71 members at 11th WTO ministerial conference, which was held last year in Argentina.
During the conference, members acknowledged the opportunities provided by e-commerce in fostering inclusive trade and development.
Saudi Arabia joined the WTO in 2005 and actively takes part in WTO meetings to strengthen national interest through these multi-lateral trade systems.


Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

Updated 22 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and China on Friday agreed to include the Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom.
The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.
The move aims to enable a comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi and Chinese leaderships and seize the promising opportunities between their two peoples, a relationship which has extended for decades.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education for the Vision 2030.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom.
Learning Chinese will serve as a bridge between the two peoples and would contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.