The three-day 2004 Jeddah Economic Forum which opens tomorrow will focus on sustainable growth and economic development in the Kingdom while examining 12-month predictions on the global as well as the regional economy. This is the fifth annual forum to be organized by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). Keynote speakers include Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan; former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammed; Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev; and Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) General Supahai Panitchpakdi. Attendance is expected to be double that of last year, with four times as many participants from overseas.
The first day will cover key economic issues facing Saudi Arabia, and actions required to enable accelerated development; the second has a regional agenda with keynote presentations, panel discussions and debate on the experiences of economies that have pursued aggressive strategies for economic development such as Kazakhstan, Turkey, Lebanon and Malaysia; and the third will see speakers examine the theme of accelerated growth through the lens of globalization and international economic integration.