Riyadh investment forum sends ‘message of optimism’ with global linkup

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
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FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
Richard Attias, CEO of organizing body the FII Institute. (Supplied)
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Richard Attias, CEO of organizing body the FII Institute. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 January 2021

Riyadh investment forum sends ‘message of optimism’ with global linkup

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event. (AFP/File Photo)
  • FII embraces unique high-tech format in bid to reinvent global economy

DUBAI: Olympic medalists, political leaders, Nobel laureates and global CEOs are among speakers due to take part in the fourth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), a two-day event that will embrace a hybrid format for the first time when it starts on Wednesday.

Jamaican eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is one of the star speakers among the 150 names set to take part in the event, organized under the theme “The Neo-Renaissance.”

Travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic mean some speakers will attend in person in Riyadh, while many others will participate virtually from hubs in New York, Paris, Beijing and Mumbai.

Other high-profile speakers announced in recent days include Sen. Matteo Renzi, former prime minister of Italy; Kevin Rudd, former Australian prime minister; Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina; and Bruno Le Maire, French finance and economy minister.

READ MORE: FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event

FII is described as an international platform for debate between global leaders, investors and innovators. In 2019, 24 investment deals worth $20 billion were announced at the event, as the Saudi Arabian economy opened up to foreign investment.

Richard Attias, CEO of organizing body the FII Institute, told Arab News that pandemic restrictions mean the 2021 event will be “totally different” from the first editions.

“But we still need to carry a message of optimism, a message that the global economy should not stop and cannot stop. This is why we are hosting this conversation in a unique format.

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“The conversation will be about the rebirth of the global economy. In fact, this rebirth will be the neo-renaissance of the global economy. I hope this renaissance will positively affect all sectors. Under the leadership of the FII Institute, speakers and participants will discuss how the investment world, the sports industry, the sustainability industry — how all these industries will be reinvented.”

Attias said that the two-day event will embrace “first time ever” conference technology, “which is bringing together all participants in a virtual world.”


United Nations praises Saudi Arabia's 'bold and courageous' climate change plans revealed at SGI 2021

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United Nations praises Saudi Arabia's 'bold and courageous' climate change plans revealed at SGI 2021

United Nations praises Saudi Arabia's 'bold and courageous' climate change plans revealed at SGI 2021

Saudi Arabia said it has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change today, according to the country's Energy Minister.

INDCs are instruments set out under the Paris Agreement that allow us to assess how the world is moving forward in addressing climate change.

Addressing the Saudi Green Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman revealed the details had been sent via email.

Reacting to the annoucement, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary to the UNFCCC, said: "This is certainly the kind of leadership that the world needs precisely at this time and I want to commend His Royal Highness, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this very bold and courageous decisions that send a powerful signal just a few days before we start the conference in Glasgow. 

"Just a few months ago, I had the privilege of having a conversation with his Royal Highness and asked him to consider presenting a nationally determined contributions."

 


Global energy transition will take time, UAE state minister says

Global energy transition will take time, UAE state minister says
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Global energy transition will take time, UAE state minister says

Global energy transition will take time, UAE state minister says
  • Al-Jaber, who is also the chief executive officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group, said the world is entering an oil supply crunch

RIYADH: UAE Minister of State Sultan Al-Jaber said the world “need to accept” that global energy transition will take time. 

Al-Jaber, who is also the chief executive officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group, said the world is entering an oil supply crunch. 

He added 80 percent of energy demand is still coming from fossil fuel, and the world is “underinvesting” in hydrocarbons. 


Saudi energy minister optimistic Kingdom can achieve net carbon zero before 2060 

Saudi energy minister optimistic Kingdom can achieve net carbon zero before 2060 
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Saudi energy minister optimistic Kingdom can achieve net carbon zero before 2060 

Saudi energy minister optimistic Kingdom can achieve net carbon zero before 2060 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the Kingdom might reach the net carbon zero target ahead of the 2060 mark. 

The minister was building on earlier statements by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the Saudi Green Initiative in Riyadh. 

Carbon reduction efforts, including investing in renewable energy and the circular economy, will help the Kingdom achieve this goal, the energy minister said. 


Saudi Arabia to reach net zero carbon by 2060: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia to reach net zero carbon by 2060: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
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Saudi Arabia to reach net zero carbon by 2060: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia to reach net zero carbon by 2060: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the Kingdom is aiming to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2060, during a speech to the Saudi Green Initiative forum in Riyadh on Saturday.

The Crown Prince said Saudi Arabia aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 278 million tons per year by 2030, with the adoption of the Carbon Circular Economy — based on zero waste — will help reach the target.

The Kingdom will also join the Global Methane Pledge to contribute to cutting global methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as part of its commitment to deliver a cleaner, greener future.

The Crown Prince said the Kingdom will plant 450 million trees and rehabilitate 8 million hectares of degraded lands by 2030, reducing 200 million tons of carbon emissions with additional initiatives to be announced in the years to come

To further amplify its protection of terrestrial, marine and coastal environments, the Crown Prince announced that Saudi Arabia is joining the Global Ocean Alliance, establishing the Ocean Exploration Foundation and announcing a number of initiatives – including a Global Center for Tourism Sustainability.

He added that this first set of initiatives represents over 700 billion Saudi riyals contributing to the growth of the green economy.

The Crown Prince said: “The Saudi Green Initiative will provide huge investment opportunities for the private sector, quality job opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the Kingdom and enhanced international relationships that will have a positive impact on the region and the world.”


What to expect at the Saudi Green Initiative forum today 

What to expect at the Saudi Green Initiative forum today 
Updated 23 October 2021

What to expect at the Saudi Green Initiative forum today 

What to expect at the Saudi Green Initiative forum today 
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is launching the forum to announce the Kingdom’s new “green” objectives

DUBAI: The Saudi Green Initiative forum in Riyadh is happening today, with high-profile government leaders and international personalities taking the stage to discuss the Kingdom’s environmental efforts. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is opening the forum to announce the Kingdom’s new “green” objectives. 

His remarks will be followed by fireside chat with Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saudi, the Kingdom’s energy minister. 

Other Saudi ministers are also speaking at the forum, exploring specific themes around business and the environment, marine and ocean life, and the oil and gas industry. 

Big corporate icons, including Paddy Padmanathan of ACWA Power and Jasper Graf of Daystar Power US, are also participating in the forum.