The Jeddah Economic Forum for 2005, scheduled for February 19 to 21, will have as its theme ‘Capacity Building: Developing People for Sustainable Growth’. The Forum is organized by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) in coordination with U.K.’s London School of Business. More than 2,000 delegates are expected from overseas, in addition to participants from within the Kingdom.
Keynote speakers include President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, and Prime Minister of Malaysia Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi. Also addressing the Forum will be Ambassador to the United Kingdom Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Secretary-General of the Supreme Commission for Tourism Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Labor Dr Ghazi Al-Qusaibi, and Minister of Commerce and Industry Hashem Yamani.
JEF-2005 Chairman Amr Enany commented that this year's forum will discuss sustainable development taking into consideration the availability of capital and the viability of the infrastructure, referring to “a more holistic methodology, covering the softer social dimension with a focus on concepts such as capacity building and expansion of social capital and discussing how institutions of learning, production, regulation and social welfare all fit together and support socio-economic development."