2006 News Story

Jeddah Economic Forum to begin February 11

Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz will open the annual Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) at the Jeddah Hilton on February 11, the Arab News reported today.

Nearly 2,500 businessmen and women from Saudi Arabia and other countries are expected to participate in the prestigious forum, the first since Saudi Arabia entered the World Trade Organization.

The theme this year is “Seeding Potentials for Economic Growth: Honoring Identity and Celebrating Common Grounds.” Delegates will present their ideas for cultivating sustainable growth while preserving cultural diversity and discuss 32 working papers on the issue.

Seventy-five international personalities are scheduled to address the conference, including former Vice President Al Gore, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, former Jordanian Prime Minister Abdussalam Al-Majali and Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The JEF was established in 2000 at the initiative of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) to promote Jeddah’s position as the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia and a center for Middle East business. International, regional and local leaders from the private and public sectors convene annually to discuss global and regional economic, political and social trends, to propose solutions to current and future challenges, and to enhance cooperation among business leaders and organizations.