Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrives in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom

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Updated 14 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrives in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received princes, officials, scholars and a group of citizens at the Al-Khaleej Palace in Alkhobar on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The audience was attended by Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Khalid, Prince Mansour bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Talal bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz and a number of other princes.

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the 29th Arab League summit on Sunday in the Eastern Province. 

The Center for Government Communication at the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Communication and Media Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have launched the official social media accounts of the summit on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@Arabsummit2018).

The social media accounts will be run around the clock during the summit and its preparatory meetings.

Mahmoud Afifi, spokesman of the secretary-general of the Arab League and Minister Plenipotentiary, said that the convening of the summit in Saudi Arabia would give strong momentum to tackle issues and crises in the region, and contribute to the success of the summit. 

Afifi said that the launch of Iranian-made ballistic missiles by Houthi militias in Saudi cities and the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries would receive special attention during the summit.


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.