G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit to focus on ways to live with COVID-19

The number of entrepreneurs and labor leaders attending the summit, hosted in partnership with key local and global organizations, is expected to exceed 700. (Reuters)
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Updated 29 October 2020

G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit to focus on ways to live with COVID-19

  • Summit aims to motivate young entrepreneurs to face current challenges and impacts

RIYADH: The two-day virtual G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (YEA) 2020 Summit will begin on Thursday under the theme “Entrepreneurship is a Source of Innovation and Resilience.”

The G20 YEA 2020 chairman, Prince Fahad bin Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz, said the summit would motivate young entrepreneurs to face the challenges and impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

 “As we follow the roadmap of Vision 2030 and the path it paves for entrepreneurial development and excellence, we embraced the theme that builds on the idea that entrepreneurship drives innovation and resilience,” he said. 

He said that the number of entrepreneurs and labor leaders attending the summit was expected to exceed 700.




Prince Fahad bin Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz

“We would also like to highlight the importance of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, which was established in 2010 and is the world’s largest network for young entrepreneurs with facilities that support them.”

Prince Fahad pointed out that the alliance works to help companies founded by young people grow, succeed, and compete globally. The top young entrepreneurs collectively analyze and suggest solutions in the form of recommendations concerning policy improvements and changes to G20 heads of state.

He said that COVID-19 was a new experience and that the alliance had a role in communicating with entrepreneurs to discuss pioneering ideas to help address and co-live with it. 

Entrepreneurship today is one of the most important things that countries are interested in ... and many G20 countries depend on small and medium companies in their economies.

Prince Fahad bin Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz

“Entrepreneurship today is one of the most important things that countries are interested in … and many G20 countries depend on small and medium companies in their economies,” the YEA 2020 chair said.

The summit is hosted in partnership with key local and global organizations including the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Investment, and the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises. 

Accenture and Entrepreneurship Vision are strategic partners of the summit and Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology are collaborating as knowledge partners.


Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

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Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

  • Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister of education has highlighted hybrid learning as the “path to the future.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairy said distance or e-learning should no longer be viewed simply as a response to emergencies but as a strategic option for the future.

He was speaking at a workshop titled “Measurement of operational efficiency of college education in the light of COVID-19” organized by King Faisal University.

Highlighting measures taken by Saudi education authorities in the wake of the pandemic, Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus.

“The decision ensured social distancing and the quality of education,” he said, adding that the ministry harnessed all its capabilities to act quickly.

Al-Sudairy said that online education began for all educational grades at the same time. The ministry achieved great results as students and teachers continued to interact online in a safe environment and without any loss to the academic year.

The ministry, public and private universities, colleges, and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation were able to shift to online education within one day of the decision to suspend physical attendance at school, he said.

Adapting to the virtual reality ensured the needs of teachers were met, while also increasing operational efficiency of university education and higher education.

Al-Sudairy said the online-learning system is not new. “Universities started making investments in e-learning in 2007,” he added.

The deputy minister called for the adoption of modern technologies and enhancement of teachers’ capabilities in terms of presenting interactive content on electronic platforms.