By Sam Bridge
Senior official tells World Economic Annual Forum Meeting that Gulf kingdom is committed to improving the status of women and youth
Saudi Arabia is committed to improving the status of women and youth, vowing to "leave no one behind" as it continues to embark on its Vision 2030 drive, a senior official has said.
Speaking at the World Economic Annual Forum Meeting 2020 in Davos, Abdullah AlSwaha, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology made the pledge.
He also said Saudi Arabia is also trying to “steer consensus” on the digital divide, finding a middle ground between those who are more pro-consumer and pro-privacy, and those who are more pro-corporation.
Potential solutions to sluggish growth were also raised in a session on the strategic outlook for the Middle East and North Africa.
Standardizing norms among nations in the region could facilitate trade, and selectively reducing borders – physical and digital – could enable people to work together and invest in each other’s countries.
It could also help increase the movement of goods, services and data, said AlSwaha, who expressed optimism, saying: “Growth is no longer a question of if, but when.”
In December, Saudi Arabia assumed the rotating presidency of the G20.
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brings together more than 3,000 global leaders from politics, government, civil society, academia, the arts and culture as well as the media.
Convening under the theme, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World, participants will focus on defining new models for building sustainable and inclusive societies in a plurilateral world.