• The Prince of Eastern Region patronizes on Sunday the investment opportunities forum in Qatif


    15 sessions, 4 discussions meetings and 3 workshops
    Participation of women and the Gulf countries, discussing the prospects of investment in the province
    Al Ataishan: The forum is an opportunity to originate the partnership between the public and private sectors
    Al Faraj: 12 new investment opportunities  offered by the forum today
     Al Wabel: preparations for an early holding of the forum seeking success and excellence

             Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Prince of the Eastern Province on Sunday (February 26, 2017) the second day of the investment opportunities forum in the province of Qatif, which is organized by Asharqia Chamber  as the forum agenda includes holding 15 diverse sessions, including the session of the main spokesman of the forum, the former head of Aramco Abdullah bin Saleh Juma, 4 extended discussion meetings, the 12 different investment opportunities on the second day, with the participation of a number of businessmen from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, and a number of government officials, after holding three workshops on Saturday (25 / February / 2017) on the first day of the Forum
    A variety of topics:
    The head of  Asharqia Chamber  Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al  Ataishan, said that this forum, which is held in the national King Abdullah Hall in Qaddih, is a completion of the first version, which was held in February of last year, and had achieved positive results, by shedding light on many issues and topics related to investing in Qatif, this current forum, held in King Abdullah Hall in Qaddih to discuss a number of topics related to the present and the future of investment in Qatif in several fields, most notably: (information technology, alternative and renewable energy, tourism, heritage and conferences.) also it discusses topics related to the social responsibility of companies, and the economic empowerment of women .. He explained that the scientific Committee responsible of the organization of the Forum has allocated the first day of the forum for the establishment of a number of workshop yesterday dealing with subjects such as (business pioneering, human resources, and business development), with the participation of a number of experts and specialists from inside and outside the Kingdom.
    Al Ataishan expressed his hope that this forum will be supportive of economic progress in the Eastern Region in various provinces, including the province of Qatif, stressing that  Asharqia Chamber represented by the Governing Council and the General Secretariat pay careful attention to its participants in the sections (Jubail, Khafji and Qatif), believing that this forum is a good chance to discuss and debate about the worries of the present and the future prospects, and that the results will be, more favorable to the investor and the citizens in general, in reference to what was done to the Eastern Region, including the province of Qatif of new and renewable work fields, and varied investment prospects, the geographical location of the region, the great economic, trade and history of it.
    Official patronage:
    In this regard, Al Ataishan appreciated for His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, his patronage of the forum, explained that this patronage will give the forum a more enhancement, and a new hope for a great success of this forum in achieving its goals including raising the level of economic activity in the province of Qatif, stressing that this patronage is further evidence of the government interest in the activities and the activities of the private sector, and its keenness for the success of its activities and improve its activities, and this is in the accordance with the (kingdom vision 2030) aimed the partnership between the public and private sectors to serve the country and the national economy, and this shows  the centrality of the private sector and what it represents in this sector of the ability for further growth and development and the ability to participate in the country in handling the heavy burden of progress.
    Accordingly, Al Ataishan added that we are used to the good care and follow up of events daily activities of the private sector by the Prince, confirming the keenness and seriousness of the wise government in the care of this sector, and giving more prospects for work and investment, with such  reforms that the country has witnessed and the progress especially economically.
     A motivating investment environment:
    Al Ataishan said that the overall investment environment in the Eastern Province is in an escalating pace, moving at a rapid pace, given to the endowment in the region of tremendous natural resources, most notably oil and gas, and the content of industrial projects and great strategy, and as the province of Qatif is a part of the Eastern Region so it is also reflected on the economic situation of the province, may be different from the environment in Dhahran, Jubail, Dammam and Khobar, but the location between the developed areas in economic terms makes it a major player in the growth and development witnessed by the provincial process, being in the country in general, under the overall vision and programs of the national transformation
    He stressed the importance of partnership between the public and private sectors, pointing that the forum will witness the participation of a number of experts and specialists, businessmen and government officials from the Kingdom and the Gulf, including the participation of women locally and Gulf, reflecting the true image of the map of investment in the Eastern Region. Reviewing a number of specialized working papers about the prospects of the economic investment Qatif, as well as offering some investment opportunities.
    He said that the importance of the forum at this time is being with the time of the launch of Vision 2030 and the adoption of national transformation program which highlighted the centrality of the private sector in the implementation of the plans that achieve the goals of visibility and access to the national transformation required, from here, this forum and other events organized by Asharqia Chamber will discuss ways of the performance of the private sector development in present and future.                Al Ataishan said that the organizing committee of the forum is keen to attract speakers and experts who provide views and ideas that transform by the efforts of the investors, experts and concerned efforts to value added economic projects, that enhance the position of the Eastern Region, and the province of Qatif in particular on the economic map of our beloved country. . stressing that Asharqia Chamber has been dealing with the new, and is open to every idea that may add an economic value for the Eastern Region and the private sector, and that our belief in the vital role of the private sector in the overall development, and this is emphasized by the vision 2030, which emphasized the great role that can be played by this sector in achieving the goals of the vision.
    The diversity of the events:
    For his part, the member of theand head of the board of the Chamber, and Chairman of the work of the province of Qatif branch Muhsen Al Faraj talked about program of the forum, said that yesterday, the first day of the forum was allocated to the establishment of a number of workshops dealing with related topics with the aim of the forum, an uplifted by investing in Qatif such as (business pioneering, human resources, and business development), with the participation of representatives of a number of major companies and institutions in the Kingdom and the Arabian Gulf.
    He said that the main speaker at the forum is the former head and chief executive officer of Saudi  Aramco Abdullah bin Saleh Juma, followed by a presentation and a working paper titled (business pioneering) presented by Jamal Al Akkad, followed by a working paper titled (change wheel) presented by Ahmad Al Abdul Jabbar, and another one titled (investment solidarity) presented by Abdulla Al Zamil, in addition, three discussions meetings, the first discusses (investment in tourism) by Dr. Hamad Al Ismail and Abdullah Al Juhani, and Shafiq Al Saif, and Abdulaziz Al Humaidan), and the second ( investing in information technology) by Khalid Al Sulaimani , Ahmed Jabbar, Badi Al Quaisim, while the third discusses the subject of (renewable energy) by Jamal Kishi, and Luai Abdul Rahim. 


    He noted that there will  be a video display for 12 projects of the proposed projects to invest in Qatif, available for those wishing to enter this field, as the forum witness, private women events, is the participation of both the former Minister of Oman Social Affairs / D.  Sharifa Yahyai that will speak for (Omani experience in the empowerment of women), and the Ambassador of the World Day of the business pioneers / Sarah Al Ayed, which will provide a working paper titled (The opportunities development and economic development), and the spokeswoman Asia Al Sheikh, who will present a working paper on the social responsibility companies .. consequently,  the women events will witness a discussion titled (the economic empowerment of women),  by ( Duha Al Ibraham, Sarah Al Ayed, Soad Al Hosani, Anoud  Al Rammah).
    Al Faraj concluded by saying that the forum in its second year, will include a number of important events, which will contribute in the development of economic activity in Qatif,
    For his part,  Hisham  Al Saif noted that the investment prospects in the province of Qatif are promising and useful, and businessmen in the Eastern Region to the investment interaction in the added value projects that seems encouraging and motivating, all that assures the success of this event held for the second time, and makes us more optimistic in more activities that support the development of economic progress, the country is witnessing in general, and the Eastern Region and the province of Qatif in particular.
    He said that investment, including industrial, commercial, service, agricultural, tourism, education and health,  therefore the map in the eastern region are many and varied, the importance of this forum, which will address a number of experts and speakers and offer a number of investment opportunities which we hope will be of added value to the national economy, and contribute to the diversification of income sources, and provide promising job opportunities for young Saudis.
    He explained that the province of Qatif with an important strategic location being  a link between Dammam (and what it represents  as an administrative and economic  importance) and Jubail (which is one of the industry castles in the Kingdom), and Ras Tanura (one of the biggest refineries oil) in addition to the distinctive marine view, and  its great economic history of the, agricultural and special environment, all of this makes it a good investment environment for  a number of promising investment opportunities, and a group of small, medium and big projects.
    huge preparations:
    For his part, Secretary General of Abdulrahman bin Abdullah  Al Wabel said that Asharqia Chamber is keen  for the distribution of its efforts in the areas of the eastern region, and not focusing only on the center of economic importance in Dammam and Khobar, so it has a variety of programs in Jubail, Khafji and Qatif, and this forum, which is held for the second time in the province of Qatif is one of the many activities by the Chamber, which seeks to enhance the private sector position in the national economy, and raising the level of its contribution to the overall development.
     Al Wabel said that  Asharqia Chamber has  shown a great preparation for the organization of this forum, which will be held over two days, and through a variety of sessions, some are utterly for women, and some  for men, because the province of Qatif, despite the economic history is  still carrying many promising opportunities that the private sector can contribute in activating on the ground.  
    Al Wabel presented his sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of the Business Council Chamber branch of Qatif team for their efforts to organize this forum, which lasted for a few months and we hope to culminate their success and achieve the goals for which this forum was held.

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