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Sun 23 Mar 2003 04:00 AM

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ITP plans massive E-Business Awards event in Saudi Arabia

The third E-Business Awards will bring together the companies and individuals, which are leading the development of the knowledge economy in the Kingdom.

ITP is planning to honour the best e-entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia with its third E-Business Awards. The event, which is scheduled to run on the evening of the 28th April, will bring together the companies and individuals that are leading the development of the knowledge economy in the Kingdom.

“Over the last three years these awards have always been keenly contested and monitored, and they have become an industry recognised barometer of the developments within the Kingdom’s e-marketplace over the last year,” says Walid Akawi, publisher, ITP.

“We have finalised the 11 categories to be contested, and I am delighted to announce that the awards will recognise what we regard as the crucial and central developments of Saudi’s e-business infrastructure,” he adds.

Alongside the usual E-Business Awards, ITP has also decided to honour the Saudi’s IT managers, conjunction with its flagship publication, Arabian Computer News (ACN.) The ACN IT Managers awards will be given to those organisations that have placed information technology at the core of their business and have succeeded in reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving customer service.

“We have also taken the step of announcing the Saudi ACN IT Managers of the year awards, under the banner of our flagship publication, Arabian Computer News,” says Akawi.

“These awards recognise the Kingdom’s IT pioneers who have deployed various technologies to cut costs, boost sales and improve customer service over the last year. We are confident that these will rapidly become a sounding board for the Kingdom’s IT sector as a whole,” he adds.

The awards event will run on the second day of Gitex Saudi, the country’s largest IT exhibition. Despite the outbreak of war, exhibition organisers Riyadh Exhibition Company (REC) are confident that the show will go ahead.

According to Mohammed Al Hussieni, PR manager, REC, approximately 200 exhibitors signed up for the show, which he expects will attract between 20,000 and 30,000 people over a five day period.

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