Saudi Arabia to host second edition of Global AI Summit – Arab News

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host the second Global Artificial Intelligence Summit from Sept. 13 to 15 in Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
The summit, entitled “Artificial Intelligence for the Good of Humanity,” is being organized by the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, and being held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the chairman of SDAIA’s board of directors.
The conference will be held at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, the president of SDAIA, expressed his “thanks and appreciation to the crown prince for this patronage, which comes within the framework of the state’s interest and constant keenness to provide various forms of support for the success of the global summit.”
He said the crown prince’s patronage raises the summit’s status and importance locally, regionally and internationally.
“It has become clear that artificial intelligence techniques have begun to be used in our daily lives and will have a significant impact in all aspects of life, so the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has set the visions of this modern technical field within the objectives of its Vision 2030,” he said.
“This global summit will seek to become a major world forum in the field of artificial intelligence, after the success achieved in the first summit held in 2020,” he added.
Al-Ghamdi also said that the summit will discuss everything related to AI technologies and participants include experts and specialists, senior officials from government agencies and the largest international technology companies. Various presentations will be held highlighting the latest research and technologies, while participants will also exchange expertise, and discover investment opportunities.
He said the Global Artificial Intelligence Summit is also an opportunity for experts and interested parties to benefit from the gathering, which features “more than 100 speakers from around the world under one roof in Riyadh, specialized in artificial intelligence.”
The summit will discuss a number of topics that show the implications of AI on the most important sectors, such as smart cities, human capacity development, health care, transportation, energy, culture and heritage, environment, and economic mobility, to find solutions to current challenges and maximize the use of AI technologies.
More than 200 experts and decision-makers took part in the first edition of the Global Artificial Intelligence Summit, which was held over two days, while more than 13,000 people attended the forum. The summit received more than 5 million views on social media networks.
NEW YORK: Confronting the growing threat of global terror groups and organizations is one of the most pressing issues facing the international community, Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy has said.
The Kingdom’s permanent representative, Abdulaziz Al-Wasil, was speaking during a UN Economic and Social Council meeting about threats to international peace and security from transnational terror groups, the Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday.
During the meeting, he spoke about the systematic and deliberate violations of international law by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen and its attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as its attacks on international maritime traffic.
Al-Wasil called on the international community to take immediate and decisive action to stop these attacks, especially those which targeted civilians, civilian infrastructure and global energy supplies.
Adding that Saudi Arabia rejected and denounced any acts of terrorism, he drew attention to the Kingdom’s efforts in bringing about a ceasefire in Yemen and its commitment to bringing security and stability to the country.
“The Houthi terrorist militia has violated an arms embargo imposed on Yemen,” he said. “Its use of more than nine hundred unmanned aircraft and more than four hundred and fifty ballistic missiles towards Saudi Arabia, in addition to threatening maritime navigation and international shipping lanes by using more than a hundred booby-trapped boats, 270 sea mines and the use of thousands of indiscriminate projectiles, confirms the group’s blatant defiance of the international community and its disregard for all international laws and norms.”
He added that the Houthis would be unable to build and deploy sophisticated drones, missiles and mines without the support of Iran, whose backing of the militia had been proven and confirmed by UN Security Council reports.
Al-Wasil also pointed out that there were several UNSC resolutions that focused on the stability of countries rather than on combating terrorist acts committed by some components of said countries, which led to undermining stability and prolonging conflicts.
RIYADH: Three mosques in Saudi Arabia’s southern Asir region will be restored as part of the second phase of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for the Development of Historical Mosques, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The project aims to reconstruct and renovate the mosques, restore their identity, and prepare them for use as functioning places of worship through a series of stages.
These stages include analyzing and assessing the current status of the mosques and then restoring them while improving their original architecture, reinstating architectural details, and enhancing the external and internal visual features of the mosque.
The mosques earmarked for restoration in the Asir region include Al-Hawza Mosque which is located in the middle of the Al-Hawza neighborhood in Dhahran Al-Janoub governorate.
People still pray in the mosque and its current area of 293 meters squared will remain the same after restoration. However, its capacity will increase from 100 to 148 worshipers.
Al-Masqi Mosque is situated in the village of Al-Masqi which is 32 km southeast of Abha. The mosque is not currently in operation but will have an area of 406 square meters and a capacity of 156 worshipers after it is reconstructed.
Al-Hosn Al-Asfal Mosque is also in Abha governorate. One of its rooms called “Al-Manzalah” used to house prisoners and travelers in past times. It is an operating mosque but Friday prayers are not held in it.
After restoration, the mosque will have an area of 134 square meters and a capacity of 134 worshipers.
A total of 30 mosques will be included in the second phase of the development project that covers all regions in the Kingdom.
Five of those are situated in the Makkah region, six in the Riyadh region, and two in the Eastern Province.
RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Swaha has said that technology and innovation are the bases on which sustainable and comprehensive recovery and development depend.
Speaking at the Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Bali, under Indonesia’s presidency of the G20, he pointed to the steps taken by Saudi Arabia to support future economies and innovation, as announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is chairman of the Kingdom’s Supreme Committee for Research, Development and Innovation.
Saudi Arabia’s priorities for research, development and innovation are based on human health, environmental sustainability and basic needs, leadership in energy and industry, and future economies, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.
Al-Swaha said: “The support provided to the technology, innovation and entrepreneurship sectors by the (Saudi) leadership has contributed to the entrepreneurship of the Kingdom, which has become the center for technology and innovation in the region.”
He pointed to the fact that quantitative growth in venture capital investments has reached 270 percent last year, exceeding what has been accomplished in 2019 and 2020 combined.
Al-Swaha added that, in terms of female participation, Vision 2030 ensured the support of Saudi women, and said the Kingdom has achieved a significantly high outcome in terms of female empowerment in the communications and information technology sectors, exceeding 30 percent of employees in 2022.
The minister stated that the Kingdom is working in cooperation with the Apple Developers Academy to qualify more than 600 women in the sector from across the MENA region.
RIYADH: The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition on Thursday announced that Kenya had joined as a member state, increasing the number since its inception to 42.
Following the announcement, the Kenyan flag was flown at the headquarters of the coalition next to the other 41 flags, where the ceremony was held in the presence of Kenyan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Peter Nicholas Ojigo and a delegation from the Kenyan Embassy in Riyadh.
IMCTC Secretary-General Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi said Kenya’s membership is a positive step by Nairobi, and expresses the importance of international participation in combating terrorism and extremist violence.
Al-Moghedi stressed that Kenya — with its various religious and cultural components and its strategic East African location — will play a big role as an IMCTC member, with its effective record combating terrorism.
IMCTC member states work to coordinate, unify and reinforce efforts to combat the financing and supporting of terrorism.
In December 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the coalition to form a unified pan-Islamic front against extremist violence.

The chiefs of staff from various Islamic countries met in Riyadh in March 2016 and affirmed their determination to fight terrorism jointly according to their capabilities within the IMCTC framework, as per its policies and procedures, without compromising the sovereignty of member states.
In 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the first meeting of the coalition under the theme “Allied Against Terrorism.”
The meeting stressed that terrorism represents a continued and growing threat to local and global peace and stability, and voiced support for IMCTC members to coordinate efforts to wipe out terrorism ideologically, financially and militarily.
RIYADH: The Islamic Development Bank Group said it is ready to support the Pakistani government’s efforts to address the impact of devastating floods in the country on Wednesday.
Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in northern mountains have triggered floods that have killed at least 1,191 people, including 399 children, in the Asian country.
The group, of which Pakistan is a member country, commended the Pakistani authorities and relief agencies for their extraordinary efforts to bring relief to the victims and provide crucial humanitarian assistance.
It expressed its solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan, and called on the international development community, UN agencies, and international organizations to deliver lifesaving and livelihood assistance, such as health services, food, clean water, and shelter.
The IsDB Group said it reiterates its commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government of Pakistan, along with other development partners, to mitigate the negative impact of the floods.
On Thursday, southern Pakistan braced for more flooding as a surge of water flowed down the Indus river.
The military said it had evacuated some 50,000 people, including 1,000 by air, since rescue efforts began.

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