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As part of this year’s G20-related activities, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will hold the Riyadh International Standards Summit on 4 November 2020.

The event will take place virtually from 15:00–17:00 KSA time (GMT+3) where work related to international standardization in crisis management strategies and digital transformation will be presented. It is being jointly organized by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) together with the leading international standards organizations – IEC, ISO and ITU.

This is a landmark event for a number of reasons. Firstly, its timeliness. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and vulnerabilities. Combatting this pandemic calls for a coordinated, concerted global response.

The summit will enable, for the first time, an integrated, introspected and exhaustive look at international standards developed by IEC, ISO and ITU, and their role in global trade as well as in social and economic development. Key stakeholders and decision makers within G20 member states will be able to exchange experiences and perspectives on the importance of international standards. Two key topics at the top of the agenda: crisis management strategies and digital transformation.

The summit is being held in the run-up to the G20 Leaders’ Summit being held virtually on 21-22 November, where global leaders will discuss political and economic trends and challenges on a global scale.

The Riyadh International Standards Summit is arranged by SASO and the G20 Saudi Secretariat as part of the International Conferences Programme honouring the G20 Saudi presidency year, 2020. It forms part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts, during its presidency, to enhance cooperation between countries of the world in various fields.


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