BMG Virtual Economic Forum

After almost a quarter of a century of organising economic and cultural events every summer, BMG Economic Forum was hosting its first-ever virtual event.

The Forum offered first-hand insights from senior government officials and international corporate leaders into the post-Covid-19 economy, including expert economic forecasts and updated on key industries such as transportation and logistics.

BMG Virtual Economic Forum took place on the 15th of July, from 12.00h to 19.00h (GMT +!)

We had the great honor of attending the BMG Virtual Economic Forum. 

In the evening, in line with our beautiful tradition. BMG Foundation, the CSR and cultural arm of BMG Financial Group,  hosted a virtual classic BMG concert with an orchestra representing the G20 countries, playing Saudi national tunes.

Like so many organisations around the world, the BMG team was innovating, and they looked forward to welcoming us to the first ever virtual BMG Economic Forum and concert.

Topic and Speakers of the BMG Virtual Economic Forum 
12:00 – 12:05  Welcome Remarks, Basil M. K. Al-Ghalayini
12:05 – 12:20  Sustainable Recovery: The Short, Medium and Long-Term Role of Development Funds in Securing a Strong Economy, Stephen P. Groff, Frank Kane(moderator)
12:20 – 12:30  Three Key Banking Trends in Saudi Arabia, Talat Hafiz
12:30 – 13:00  Saudi Energy Strategy on the Backdrop of a Global Energy Market at a Crossroads, Paddy Padmanathan, Richad Soundardjee, Youssef El Shorafy(moderator)
13:00 – 13:15  Building a Future-Proofed, Sustainable Waste Treatment Industry in Saudi Arabia, Uwe Kuhnle, Tina Schneidermann(moderator)
13:15 – 13:20  Video Break
13:20 – 13:45  Industry and Mining Investment Opportunities in Saudi Arabia, H.E Bandar Ibrahim Abdullah Alkhorayef, Hussein Shobokshi(moderator)
13:45 – 13:55  Saudi Presidency G20, H.R.H. Amb. Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
13:55 – 14:25  National and International Supply Chains Revisited: Increasing Infrastructure Capacity and Efficiency, Ali H. Alireza, Dr. Frank Appel, Peter Richards, Hussein Shobokshi(moderator)
14:25 – 14:45  Building on Success: What Is Next for Saudi Capital Markets?, Dan Scott, Nick Sloane(moderator)
14:45 – 15:00 Revisiting Food Security Strategy in Saudi Arabia: Strengthening Local Food Chain Infrastructure, Munir bin Fahd Al-Sahli, Youssef El Shorafy(moderator)
15:00 – 15:10  Safer Back to Normal with SARS-CoV-2 and into the Future, Gerald Warnat
15:10 – 15:25  Saudi Insurance Market: Promising Opportunities, Basem Odeh, Omar Al-Shabaan(moderator)
15:30 – 16:00 Meet Saudi Arabia’s Young FinTech Entrepreneurs: Embracing Digital, Esam Al-Nahdi, Osama AlRaee, Nosaibah Alrajhi, Mo Gannon(moderator)
16:00 – 16:15  Perspective from a Family Business: Building Sustainable Growth through Value-Adding Partnership, Ali H. Alireza, Zahara Malik(moderator)
16:15 – 16:55  Opportunities in Saudi Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry – Privatisation, Partnerships and Digitisation, Toby Wilson Waterworth, Dr. Christian Fassotte, Egbert M. Schillings, Dr. Hosni Sta(moderator)
16:55 – 17:15  Projections for the Tourism Industry in Saudi Arabia as the World Recovers from the Pandemic: Investment Opportunities Revisited, Mahmoud Abdulhadi, Nicholas Naples, Mo Gannon(moderator)
17:20 – 17:50  Sustainable Investing Globally and in Saudi Arabia, Reema Alasmari, Amine Jaoui, Marie Dzanis, Salah Shamma, Zahara Malik(moderator)
17:50 – 18:00  2020 BMG Economic Forum Wrap-Up Remarks and Welcome to the Cultural Performance, Basil M. K. Al-Ghalayini
18:00 – 19:00  Cultural Performance


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