As Saudi Arabia prepares to host the G20 leaders’ summit this weekend, Asia House Corporate Members were briefed on Riyadh’s aims for the meeting by the Saudi Ambassador to the UK, HRH Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Sultan.
The Ambassador outlined the Kingdom’s priority issues going into the G20 summit, including the need to agree a global response to the COVID-19 crisis and Saudi Arabia’s own focus areas of youth employment and gender equality.
Asia House Corporate Members from around the world joined the discussion, with the G20 a key area of interest. The Ambassador was asked about the likelihood of a debt relief package being agreed during the summit, and how he would like Saudi Arabia’s chairing of the G20 to be remembered. The practical challenges around convening the summit digitally were also discussed.
Other questions put to the Ambassador included the Kingdom’s investment strategy in relation to Asia; the current situation on data regulation; international engagement with China; and health reforms. An update on Vision 2030 and the ambitious NEOM project was also provided in the off-the-record briefing, chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence.
The briefing, on 18 November, was convened as part of the Asia House Middle East Programme, and held exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members.
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