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Saudi Arabia Plans 180 Global Initiatives for G20 Summit

Saudi Arabia Plans 180 Global Initiatives for G20 Summit

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 15:30
Riyadh- Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia has revealed it is following over 180 initiatives and challenges for the G20 summit that it will host in November.

The Kingdom has also decided to establish the largest media center of its kind for such international forums. It will accommodate 10,000 journalists and reporters covering the November G20 summit.

Saudi Arabia’s official representative for the 2020 G20 summit, State Minister Fahd bin Abdullah al-Mubarak, stressed that the world economy is now going through a complex period full of uncertainty, despite the improvement in global economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis.

He made his comments during the first introductory meeting for the press covering the G20 held on Sunday at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh.

Mubarak said Saudi Arabia has discussed with international and regional organizations, think-tanks, experts and representatives of communication groups at the international, regional and local levels the challenges facing the world and the solutions the international community can provide.

“Despite the various opportunities that can contribute to the raise of the global economy in 2020, a number of challenges and risks can halt this growth,” he noted.

Mubarak highlighted the financial market fluctuations, environmental challenges and demographic changes, as well as the uncertainty facing promising technologies.

He said 10 years are left for the Kingdom to achieve its Vision 2030, stressing that its goals along with those of the G20 are largely consistent.

“As it hosts the G20 summit, the Kingdom will tackle the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, and we will work to achieve tangible results for the whole world, in cooperation with G20 member states,” he said.

“We will also communicate with all relevant parties, such as non-member states, international organizations and civil society representatives.”

Minister of Media Turki al-Shabanah said the Kingdom has prepared an integrated program to ensure the success of the global event and address current and emerging issues, along with future challenges.

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