Global Competitiveness
Forum Starts in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) today (Sunday) plays host to 100 global figures and over 1500 delegates, as the three day Global Competitiveness Forum 2009 (GCF 2009) commences in Riyadh today.

By Staff Report

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Published: Sun 25 Jan 2009, 11:34 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:26 PM

GCF 2009, under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, will foster debate and discussion around a central theme of responsible competitiveness.

Last November, the Group of 20 (G20) met in Washington DC to coordinate their response to the Global Financial Crisis. The G20 will meet again in April, so GCF 2009 is preparing an open letter from the global leaders meeting in Riyadh with advice concerning the crisis.

The leaders at GCF 2009 include political, business, financial, and thought leaders from around the world.

In the first keynote speech, Carlos Ghosn, President and GEO Nissan Motors, will be addressing GCF 2009 ahead of the first session on responsible competitiveness.

This session will cover topics including the role of responsible business in enhancing national competitiveness, and how firms can compete responsibly amid crisis.

Also speaking on the opening day of the Conference will be Thomas Enders, CEO Airbus SAS; Mohammad Hassan Omran, Chairman of Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat; Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestle SA; and Mary Robinson, 7th President of Ireland, who will be closing the first day’s sessions.

· business@khaleejtimes.com


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