Opportunities and challenges in a transforming Saudi Arabia

As kingdom prepares economy for post-oil era, it could work with Singapore in many areas

Mr Wong Chow Ming, Singapore's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, says the kingdom is especially keen on areas such as healthcare, smart cities, ports and logistics in its Vision 2030 reform programme to prepare its economy for a post-oil era
Mr Wong Chow Ming, Singapore's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, says the kingdom is especially keen on areas such as healthcare, smart cities, ports and logistics in its Vision 2030 reform programme to prepare its economy for a post-oil era.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

As Covid-19 continues to eviscerate air travel, leaders from 20 major economies will meet virtually later this week to tackle pressing global issues: from ensuring that Covid-19 vaccines are distributed fairly to relieving the poorest countries of crippling debt.

Having assumed the presidency of the Group of 20 (G-20) last December, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was able to pivot quickly to address these issues, said Singapore's Ambassador to the kingdom Wong Chow Ming.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2020, with the headline 'Opportunities and challenges in a transforming Saudi Arabia'. Print Edition | Subscribe