Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi, governor of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization

Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi
Updated 22 October 2019

Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi, governor of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization

  • Standard specifications play a key role in supporting the national economy and strengthening global competitiveness

Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi has been governor of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization since July 2012.
He is also a member of the board of directors of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and a member of the National Industry Strategy steering committee.
Speaking at forum in Riyadh last week, Al-Qasabi highlighted the importance of maintaining quality standards and their impact on industrial growth. He said maintaining international standards help strengthen the national economy.
“Standard specifications play a key role in supporting the national economy and strengthening global competitiveness. They are crucial in improving the quality and safety of products in the markets since they are one of the most important pillars of the quality infrastructure,” Al-Qasabi said.
Prior to his current role, he served as chairman of the National Committee of the Saudi Building Code, director general of Adaptive TechSoft Co., director general of the Information Technology Department, and director general of administration and financial affairs at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.
He also worked as the chairman of computer and information sciences department at Prince Sultan University and was a faculty member at the College of Computer and Information Sciences at King Saud University.
Al-Qasabi received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1987 from King Saud University and a master’s degree in computer engineering in 1990 from Syracuse University in New York.
He also obtained his doctorate degree in 1995 from the same university with a design and analysis of a dynamically reconfigurable switch for high-speed networks.


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.