Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
Minister of Commerce and Industry
Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah was the Director General for the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) from 2007 to 2011. Since taking his position in 2007, Dr. Al-Rabiah has worked to advance MODON through improving services and increasing the amount of industrial lands allocated. Under Dr. Al-Rabiah’s leadership, MODON has launched development programs for new industrial cities, while also expanding and reestablishing existing ones. In addition, government and commercial services in the industrial cities have been substantially improved, and MODON has privatized water and central cooling services, along with developing telecommunications and data services. Dr. Al-Rabiah has adopted the idea of building smart cities by providing high-speed communication networks with smart services.
Before joining MODON, Dr. Al-Rabiah was a major contributor in the establishment and development of family factories and businesses in Saudi Arabia. His expertise includes working as Director General of the Information and Communications Technology sector at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), where his efforts were central in attracting large international investments in the sector. Dr. Al-Rabiah served as a Board Member of the Saudi National IT Plan Council and the Saudi Computer Society, along with working as a Faculty Member at King Saud University.
Dr. Al-Rabiah has published a number of specialized papers in reputable international journals focusing on the areas of E-government, E-commerce, and telecommunications. He has participated in numerous conferences and panels while also co-authoring a book on high-speed networks. In addition, he co-authored the Saudi National IT Plan vision document. Dr. Al-Rabiah has been a consultant for a number of organizations in both the public and private sectors.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management and Mathematics and a M.S. in Computer Science from the College of Business Administration at King Saud University. Dr. Al-Rabiah later received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
The New Minister of Commerce and Industry – Zeigler
This week a “mini” shuffle in Saudi Arabia’s cabinet was announced with Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah being named as the new Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI). Last week Dr. Rabiah was a participant at the very successful US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum in Atlanta where he spoke on a panel dubbed “Industrial Infrastructure Initiatives: Creating the Foundation for Economic Growth” [transcript forthcoming in SUSRIS] in his capacity as Deputy Minister for Industrial Affairs and Director General, Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon).
Today Lucien Zeigler, writing in Arabianomics.com, provided an introduction to the new Minister who assumes a critical leadership position in the Kingdom as it navigates the commercial future of Saudi Arabia — the Middle East’s largest economy, a World Trade Organization member, and the only Middle East member of the Group of Twenty leading economic nations. We thank him for permission to share the snapshot of Dr. Rabiah’s background, and a video of his Business Forum presentation, which follow this description of the role of MOCI.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), since its formation, has been keen to develop and expand domestic and foreign trade, to adopt initiatives fostering the role of the private sector to allow it effective participation in various economic booms, and to supervise chambers of commerce and industry, encouraging them to provide the best services to the business community. MOIC has sought participation in developing trade relations with all its brother and friendly countries, thus ensuring the implementation of the Kingdoms trade and food supply policies. The MOIC has proposed and enforced trade regulations ensuring efficient trade processes interconnecting the Saudi Business community with those in other countries. In addition, MOCI participates in the business of several standing committees, technical and professional bodies specializing in trade and food supply.
Programs of MOCI play a role in the achievement of the general objectives of the 5-Year Development Plans with respect to raising the standard of living, diversification of the economic base, enhancing productivity of the Saudi economy, promoting its competitive potential and boosting the participation of private sector in development. Furthermore, MOCI programs aim at achieving permanent growth of industry and its spread across the Kingdom, adapting the industrial climate to realize and promote the objectives of the industrial plans and policies laid down ensuring regional balance in the national industrial development.
Moreover, MOCI takes part in the realization of the strategic bases relevant to boosting manpower participation in development sectors, creating jobs for Saudi nationals, developing and upgrading of human resources, qualifying the Saudi workforce to take the place of the expatriate workforce, upgrading of public services, creating a climate congenial to augmentation of private sector participation in development, protection of environment from pollution, strengthening of integration among GCC countries, and forging closer relations between the Kingdom, and Arab, Islamic, friendly nations, and international economic blocks.
Above all, MOCI plays a fundamental role in implementing the policies and plans devised to advance, develop and promote the participation of private sector in economic and social development, encouraging positive competition among its entities, maintaining an environment that is suitable for investment, and developing the economic efficiency of the private sector and activating its role.
Who is the New Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry? About HE Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
Lucien Zeigler | Arabianomics.com
Among the cabinet positions recently shuffled by HRH King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia has been the seat of Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry. The position was previously held by HE Abdullah Alireza [who also spoke at the Business Forum] since 2008, but the announcement made this week appointed HE Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah to the position. Al-Rabiah was former Deputy Ministry for Industrial Affairs and Director General, Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon), but assumes the role of Minister of Commerce and Industry effective immediately.
According to his official biography from US-Saudiforum.com, since taking his position in 2007, Dr. Al-Rabiah “has worked to advance MODON through improving services and increasing the amount of industrial lands allocated. Under Dr. Al-Rabiah’s leadership, MODON has launched development programs for new industrial cities, while also expanding and reestablishing existing ones. In addition, government and commercial services in the industrial cities have been substantially improved, and MODON has privatized water and central cooling services, along with developing telecommunications and data services. Dr. Al-Rabiah has adopted the idea of building smart cities by providing high-speed communication networks with smart services.”
More facts about Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah:
- Holds a Bachelors Degree from King Saud University and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania
- Co-authored the Saudi National IT Plan vision document
- Previously worked for SAGIA, as Director General of the Information and Communications Technology sector
- Board member of the Saudi Computer Society