Abdullah Al-Qahtani, CEO of Saudi Film Commission

Abdullah Al-Qahtani
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Updated 08 June 2020

Abdullah Al-Qahtani, CEO of Saudi Film Commission

Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan has appointed Abdullah Al-Qahtani as CEO of the Film Commission, which aims to develop filmmaking in the Kingdom. 

The new commission is one of 11 new cultural bodies launched by the Ministry of Culture to manage the Saudi cultural sector.

Al-Qahtani is one of the leading names in the Saudi film industry. He has worked as a director, producer, and writer for many distinguished works since 2004.

He also chaired arbitration committees of local and regional film festivals and worked as a film critic for a number of leading Saudi newspapers.

Al-Qahtani, who graduated from the College of Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2001, led programs and events at Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020.

He also managed programs and initiatives at King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture for three years along with holding a number of leading positions at Saudi Aramco.

The Film Commission will organize the film industry in Saudi Arabia through several key ways, including setting a comprehensive strategy for the film sector and developing a production environment to produce Saudi films with high production standards to be marketed locally and internationally.

It will also be responsible for the support and enablement of local talent in various disciplines in the film industry, encouragement to invest, produce and develop cinematographic content, delivery of training sessions and vocational programs, and the issuing of licenses for related activities.


G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

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G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

RIYADH: The trade and investment ministers of the G20 nations met virtually on Tuesday under the presidency of Saudi Arabia to strengthen trade and investment cooperation.
The ministers agreed to continue cooperation to support the recovery of international trade and investment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They also agreed to support the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to which the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the WTO provides political support.
Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's minister of investment, said the collective G20 response to COVID-19 had started to deliver early signs of a “resilient, and stable economic recovery.”
“As policymakers, it is our duty to prioritize the most vulnerable in our societies, including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Saudi Arabia stands ready to endorse the G20 policy guidelines for MSMEs,” Falih said.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Commerce Majid Al-Qasabi told the meeting that measures adopted by the G20 in May were “critical for sustaining the flow of essential goods and services across borders and limiting the human toll of the pandemic.”