The Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF), is an annual meeting of top business leaders, international political leaders, and selected intellectuals and journalists, founded in 2006 by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). It is held annually in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The GCF convenes more than a thousand leading global businessmen and women, government officials and academics every November, under the patronage of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz. In 2006 - the GCF's year of inception - the keynote speaker, Mr. William (Bill) Gates, Chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, delivered an address on “ICT as an Enabler of Competitiveness".
The GCF's Mission Statement and Vision are as follow:
Vision: An annual program of activities attended by top business leaders, international political leaders, and selected intellectuals that share a common interest in global competitiveness.
Mission: To formally raise awareness and enthusiasm around competitiveness challenges, and to critically evaluate competitiveness theory and practice as related to International Trade, Regional Development, FDI, Environment, Innovation, Human Resources Development, Sustainability, Globalization, and the Micro- and Macroeconomic consequences of becoming globally competitive.
Heads of State and Ministers present investment opportunities
Results-focused discussions on trade and investment
Keynotes on innovation and growth with global business leaders
The real stakes behind globalization, with Harvard Business School Professors and Academic Partners