Al-Rabiah urges factories to employ modern technology, boost Saudization

Updated 09 May 2012
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Al-Rabiah urges factories to employ modern technology, boost Saudization

Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, minister of commerce and industry and chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON), recently opened a group of factories in Dammam Second Industrial City in the presence of top executives of MODON, Al-Sharqiya Chamber of Commerce in the Eastern Province, and a number of officials and businessmen.
He also opened the Administration Building of Dammam Second Industrial City, which the administration and Customer Service Center to provide various services including certificate of origin, chamber of commerce, labor and passport office branches.
Meanwhile, MODON is keen to attract government service agencies to open offices within the limits of the industrial cities to facilitate the procedures and provision of services for industrialists in the Industrial City.
The minister then toured the Industrial City and saw the development and rehabilitation projects being carried out there. Next, he opened the factories —Welson Middle East Pipelines Co. Ltd., which has a capital of SR67 million and the production capacity of 300,000 tons. Also opened are Ma'aleh factory, Fahd Al-Thnayan for chemical products.
At the end of the tour, the minister praised the factories for employing Saudi citizens and urged factories in general to employ modern technology and increase the percentage of Saudization.
Al-Rabiah said: "Eastern Region with its largest industrial complex has became the capital of industry in the Middle East, notably in terms of industrial cities of Jubail, Ras Al-Khair, Dammam 1, 2, 3, Al-Ahsa and Hafr Al-Baten. Soon Salwa and the new industrial cities will attract more than 2,000 industrial projects and services.
Director General of MODON Saleh Al-Rashid said: "The volume of demand for industrial land in the region is a strong indicator of the future of the industry and will make the Kingdom's economy independent of oil, which is the vision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who announced that industry is our strategic choice to diversify sources of income."
He added: "The second industrial city in Dammam has 340 factories that are in operation or under construction with employees numbering 75,000. The city has several development projects and rehabilitation of roads, sidewalks, lighting, water and wastewater treatment, landscaping and maintenance and the establishment of a highway link and electrical transfer station, totally valued at SR804 million."


India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

Updated 19 April 2019
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India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

  • Kashmir has been on edge since a February suicide attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries
  • India said it had reports that trade on the border was being “misused by Pakistan-based elements for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency”

NEW DELHI: India has suspended trade across its disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan, alleging that weapons and drugs are being smuggled across the route, as tensions simmer between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Kashmir has been on edge since a February suicide attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries and brought the two countries to the brink of war with cross-border air strikes.
On Thursday, India’s government, which is in the middle of a tough national election, said it had reports that trade on the border was being “misused by Pakistan-based elements for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency.”
It also said many of those trading across the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir into zones under Indian and Pakistani control, had links to militant organizations.
The home ministry said trade would be suspended until a stricter inspection mechanism is in place.
The cross-border trade is based on a barter system, with traders exchanging goods including chillies, cumin, mango and dried fruit.
It began in 2008 as a way to improve strained relations between New Delhi and Islamabad, who have fought two of their three wars over the disputed region.
The Indian Express newspaper said Friday that 35 trucks carrying fruit traveling from the Indian side of the border had been stopped after the government order.
Trade on the border has been suspended before, including in 2015, when India accused a Pakistani driver of drug trafficking.
The latest move comes after India withdrew “Most Favoured Nation Status” — covering trade links — from Pakistan after the February attack, which was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed Islamist group.
Islamabad has denied any involvement in the attack.
India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made national security a key plank of his re-election campaign, pointing to the recent flare-up of violence as he battles the center-left opposition Congress party.
He is seeking a second term from the country’s 900 million voters in the mammoth election which kicked off on April 11 and runs till May 19. The results will be out on May 23.