Jeddah Economic Forum wrapped up

Meeting stresses importance of cooperation in the fields of health, economy, development and environment

KAUST’s role in the service of humanity in association with world universities, research centers highlighted

America-Muslim World Forum recommends setting up joint scientific body to enhance cooperation

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has extended thanks to Rector of Madinah-based Islamic University, Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Al-Uqla and its staff, on the occasion of concluding the 3rd conference on endowments organized recently by the University.

In his cable, the King also expressed gratitude to Dr. Uqla and his colleagues for their kind feelings.

Earlier, the Rector and the staff of the University have extended appreciation of and thanks to the King on the same occasion.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, has also expressed thanks to Rector Dr. Uqla and participants in the 3rd conference on endowments organized by the University and concluded recently.

In his cable, the Crown Prince said: 'We thank you for what you did, and appreciate your well done efforts'.

Earlier the Rector has extended thanks and gratitude, in his name and on behalf of the university staff, to the Crown Prince for supporting the conference in particular and the Islamic University in general, under the prudent leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Meanwhile, the Jeddah Economic Forum 2010 concluded its activities.

The Forum's 7th session confirmed close relationship between health, economy and development.

The speakers stressed that health has been one of the most important issues that affects and is being affected by the economy, development, services and productivity.

They warned of health risks, diseases and epidemics awaiting the world in the new millennium, especially in light of globalization, open borders, and movement of goods from one country to another resulting in transmission of infections, epidemics and viruses.

The speakers included among others Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Acting Vice-President for Development Affairs at Al-Faisal University Dr. Khalid Manna'a Al-Qattan; Director General of Executive Board of Health Ministerial Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Tawfiq bin Ahmed Khoja; Executive Vice President of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences at International RTI Dr. Wayne Holden; and Vice President of Scientific Advisory Board for Public Health at German Defense Ministry Dr. Manfred Dietrich.

Earlier, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, opened the 10th Jeddah Economic Forum organized by the Gulf Research Center under the theme 'Global Economy 2020'.

At the venue, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal was received by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmed Zainal Alireza and a number of officials.

The Chairman of Gulf Research Center Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman bin Saqr delivered a speech in which he said that the number of speakers at the Forum are 35 to 37, including local and international officials, CEOs and economists.

He pointed out that projections indicate a surplus in the Forum revenues amounting to SR1.5 million, praising the great support given by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal to the Forum.

In the Qatari capital Doha, the Forum of American and the Muslim World has allocated its third session for the discussion of the issue of the fragile countries in the region and the common challenges as regards enhancing the pillars of the regional stability.

The Qatari News Agency (QNA) reported that the participants of the Forum reviewed the reasons which have led to the weakness of these countries and the repercussions of their weakness locally and regionally notably as regards the political stability in some parts of the Muslim world.

They shed light on the situation in Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan and pointed out to the role that should be played by the US and the international community to help these countries and countries of similar circumstances.

The participants of the Forum underlined the importance of solidarity and partnership between the Muslim world and the US for assisting the weak countries in the region so as to enable them confront political, economic and security challenges.

They made it clear that the fluctuant situation in some countries of the region will have an adverse impact on the global security.

In the city of Thuwal, Saudi Aramco researchers recently explored the great potential that collaboration holds with leaders from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) during a visit to KAUST Red Sea campus.

Research and Development Center (R&DC) manager Dr. Omar S. Abdulhamid led a team made up of employees from the EXPEC Advanced Research Center, Consulting Services Department and R&DC to explore a wide range of research topics important to the company future.

The objective was to explore three-way collaboration that could improve productivity and reliability of Saudi Aramco operations through joint research and technology development.

"For Saudi Aramco to become a world leader in strategic technologies it has to facilitate forging research and development alliances with top local and international institutes," Abdulhamid said.

During the meeting, all three groups expressed a willingness to join forces.

KAUST president Choon Fong Shih, CAS executive vice president Dr. Chunlai Bai and Abdulhamid agreed there was potential to create great value for all parties.

During the technical discussions that followed, several upstream and downstream research areas, such as desulphurization, membrane technology for natural gas separation and the synthesis of nano-structured materials for erosion and corrosion applications were examined.

It was recognized that all three members would bring significant scientific power to the table. While Saudi Aramco, KAUST and CAS have strong research and technology skills, Saudi Aramco brings with it practical oil industry experience, according to a report carried by Saudi Aramco's web-site.