Saudi Arabia to host global artificial intelligence summit in October

Saudi Arabia to host global artificial intelligence summit in October
The Global AI Summit, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and organized by the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA), will take place on October 7-8 with the theme “AI for the Good of Humanity.” (SDAIA)
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Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi Arabia to host global artificial intelligence summit in October

Saudi Arabia to host global artificial intelligence summit in October
  • Summit will be a virtual one due to the ongoing coronavirus precautionary measures
  • Event will tackle global changes and their impact on transformation of AI

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to host this year’s Global Artificial Intelligence Summit (GAIS) under the title, “AI for the Good of Humanity.”

Organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), the event will run from Oct. 7 to 8 under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but will be held virtually in line with precautionary measures to protect participants from COVID-19.

The summit will bring together international and regional decision-makers, experts, and specialists from various governmental and private sectors, including leading technology companies, investors, and businesspeople and is aimed at building global dialogues to help with recovery from the pandemic and shape AI trends.

Among the participants will be many distinguished speakers and global experts from different countries, who will cover a range of topics divided into four sectors: ‘Shaping the New Normal,’ ‘AI and Governments,’ ‘Governing AI’ and ‘The Future of AI.’

During the summit, officials will announce the launch of a national strategy for data and AI in Saudi Arabia, an initiative that was recently adopted by King Salman and forms part of the Kingdom’s plans for global leadership through a data-driven economy and AI.

Muhammad Khurram Khan, professor of cybersecurity at King Saud University, told Arab News: “The goals of the GAIS are aligned with the vision of Saudi Arabia to become a vibrant, ambitious, and thriving nation by using the power of data, digital transformation, and AI.

“This event will enable local organizations, scientists, academics, professionals, and decision-makers to learn and exchange knowledge about new frontiers of AI.”

Khan, who is also the founder and CEO of the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, Washington D.C., said that the summit would highlight the tech-posture and journey of the Kingdom toward becoming a competitive data-driven economy.

“Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we live, work, and perform businesses. In the near future, it is expected to make greater positive impacts on our society and socio-economic system.”


Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation set to begin

Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation set to begin
Updated 23 January 2021

Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation set to begin

Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation set to begin
  • Aim is to enhance bilateral relations
  • A number of joint projects will be launched during the trip

RIYADH: A high-level Saudi delegation begin an official visit to Uzbekistan on Saturday, with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
The delegation, led by Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih, will include officials from a large number of government agencies, in addition to representatives from the private sector and senior Saudi businessmen.
The agenda for the visit includes the unveiling of a number of joint projects, the signing of a memorandum of understanding, and the launch of renewable-energy projects led by Saudi companies, as well as meetings between officials and businessmen from both countries.
Uzbekistan’s “business environment is witnessing an increase in investment opportunities in the fields of energy, food industries, building materials, mining, electronics, information technology, agriculture and others,” according to the SPA report.