Riyadh summit 2016 to discuss modernization of municipalities

Riyadh summit 2016 to discuss modernization of municipalities
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Updated 14 June 2016

Riyadh summit 2016 to discuss modernization of municipalities

Riyadh summit 2016 to discuss modernization of municipalities

RIYADH: The Excellence and Expansion Summit 2016 is to be held in Riyadh under the patronage of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA) will discuss issues relating to the modernization of municipalities in the Kingdom, with a focus on the introduction of smart technology.

To be organized under the endorsement of MoMRA, the summit will host key officials from municipalities across the Kingdom as it is a key platform to introduce global pre-qualified solution providers for the expansion of the municipalities.
“More than 150 pre-screened decision makers from the municipalities in the Kingdom will interact with the pre-qualified solution providers to assist in the modernization of municipalities with smart tech,” a MoMRA official said on Monday.
Commenting on the summit, the official said that Saudi cities, including the capital, have seen a huge transformation over the last decade, especially in RIyadh, which is considered one of the major economic forces in the Gulf region. Indeed, the vision for the city is to make it more attractive as an ultra modern city with state of the art buildings and facilities without losing its traditional values.
With the Kingdom investing $500 billion to modernize its infrastructure in line with the Vision 2030, the country is keen to source solutions and services that will play a key role in their ongoing expansion plans for key cities in the Kingdom.
As the apex entity responsible for the municipal and local bodies’ administration in the Kingdom, MoMRA is investing its resources into urban development, smart technology and governmental excellence, hence the two-day summit, which will kick off later this year on October 5th with the opening address by Abdul Lateef Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs. The summit will include one-on-one meetings and interactive panel discussions.
Notably, MoMRA also hosted the first urban planning forum in March this year in collaboration with UN-Habitat,the United Nations Human Settlements Program for a better urban future under the theme ‘modern trends in urban planning toward a prosperous city.’