TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Saudi Arabia, World Economic Forum to set up ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution Center’

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Saudi Arabia signed an agreement with the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday to establish a branch in the Kingdom of the WEF’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a program focused on new technologies that will power economic change in the immediate years to come.

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