2001 News Story

Details of upcoming e-commerce conference in Riyadh

Details have been released on the schedule of the e-commerce conference to be held in Riyadh May 6 - 10 by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Ministry of Commerce. The first day will include three sessions on current developments in e-commerce as well as the inaugural ceremony and an address by Peter Point, Vice President of Microsoft. Subsequent sessions will focus on governmental use of electronics, and feature speakers such as Richard Barenton, director for industrial affairs at the U.K.'s government bureau for activation of electronic deals; Dr. Mohammed Rayes Abdulkareem, director-general of the Malaysian bureau for development and administrative planning; and Paul Christie, director of the information systems office of the commercial services bureau at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Other sessions will showcase the Kingdom's own electronic experiments, with lectures by the undersecretary at the Ministry of Commerce for technical affairs Dr. Fawaz Al-Alami and president of the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) Abdulrahman Al-Yami. Other speakers on this topic will be vice president of Saudi Aramco for information technology Dr. Ibrahim Al-Mishari, KACST vice president for research institutes Dr. Mohammed Al-Suwayel, and deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Dr. Mohammed Al-Jassir.