Gujarat summit boosts Saudi-India trade ties

A 12-member delegation of Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN) attended the eighth Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Jan. 10-13 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Updated 24 January 2017

Gujarat summit boosts Saudi-India trade ties

A 12-member delegation of Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN), which works under the aegis of Consulate General of India, attended the eighth Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Jan. 10-13 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The summit brought together world leaders, ministers, corporate giants, senior policy makers and heads of international institutions and academia to further the cause of business development and to promote cooperation.
The delegation also promoted the first Indian-Expo 2017, which will be organized by MBN Luxury Lines in Association with SIBN on Oct. 22-24 at Jeddah Hilton.
The delegation met with various industry leaders and bureaucrats at the Gujarat summit.
A specific seminar on Saudi Arabia was organized in the summit to provide a platform to connect globally with potential partners to explore opportunities of collaboration and partnership.
Rajiv Kumar Gupta, principal secretary to the Gujarat government, assured the delegatioin of full help to encourage companies from Gujarat to attend the Jeddah exhibition. He confirmed that Gujarat National Fertilizers Company will participate in the Indian expo in Jeddah.
Zafar Sareshwala, chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University and founder of Parsoli Group, said the intiative would expand the horizons and build stronger partnerships between two countries.
Walaa Khalil, CEO MBN Luxury Lines, said: “We recognize the favorable economic development between India and Saudi Arabia and we have seen a lot of potential in increasing trade and investment.”
Various businessmen met with the delegation and showed interest in the upcoming expo.
Zakariya Biladi, who was in charge of the SIBN delegation, said it was a big opportunity to improve bilateral relations in different areas of cooperation.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.