Asharqiya Chamber elects new board


Saudi Gazette

DAMMAM — Asharqiya Chamber (the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry) has elected a new board of directors comprising 12 members, six each from the commerce and industry sectors.

Another six members will be nominated by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment. The full board of elected and nominated members will then choose the chamber's president.

The preferential voting in the election was held in phases in Qatif, Jubail, Ahsa, Dammam and Al-Khobar. The last phase was concluded in Dammam Thursday evening and the results were made available the next day.

The six members elected to from the industry sector were Hamad Bin Muhammad Albu-Ali; Ahmad Bin Salman Al-Muhaidib, Dari Abdul Rahman Saleh Al-Otaishan; Ibrahim Muhammad Al-Shaikh Al-Dosarry; Nassir Bin Rashid Al-Hajri and Salah Bin Abdul Hadi Al-Qahtani.

From the commerce sector, the elected members included Nasir Abdulaziz Al-Ansari; Abdul Hakim Bin Muhammad Al-Khaldi; Sa'doon Bin Khalid Al-Khaldi; Mohammad Bin Saleh Abdullah Al-Syed; Hamad Biin Hamood Hamad Al-Hammad; and Bandar Al-Jabri.

The lone women candidate, Areej Al-Qahtani, finished at the bottom of the tally.

The 12 elected members have already started discussing names for the position of the president of the chamber. Normally the practice is to reach consensus on the choice of the president. Until now no clear name has emerged from the elected list. According to precedent, the president is chosen from among the elected members.

The highlight of the chamber is that only three members, Ibrahim Al-Dosarry, Abdul Hakim Al-Khaldi and Bandar Al-Jabri, are from the previous board while all remaining nine are young businessmen newly elected. It is a very clear and smooth transition from old guards to the next generation, who will bring with them new aspirations and initiatives to accomplish the objectives of Vision 2030.

The new board, elected for a four-year term, is expected to bring in new technology and give new direction to the overall role of the chamber. "We will be a proactive body and take all possible measures to turn Vision 2030 into a reality," said one member, who is just 28 years old and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The outgoing president of the Chamber Abdul Rahman Al-Otaishsn thanked all members of the business fraternity for their support and wished the new board all success.