KSA, Finland sign pact on telecoms

Updated 04 November 2014
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KSA, Finland sign pact on telecoms

Saudi Arabia and Finland signed a memorandum of understanding here Tuesday in the telecommunications sector.
Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister of education, science and communications, signed the agreement with Mohamed Jamil bin Ahmed Mulla, minister of communications and information technology at the Saudi ministry’s offices.
“It is a wide ranging agreement in Information and Communication Technology to further enhance bilateral cooperation,” Kiuru said.
This includes broadband, digital media and cyber security. Nokia has already done a great deal in facilitating further cooperation between the two countries, she said.
Kiuru said her visit was “an effort to seek wide-ranging cooperation of mutual interest.” Her priorities are education and communication because Finland is one of the world’s leaders in these sectors.
She said Finland has agreements on education in the Kingdom, with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and a kindergarten program.
“We believe in quality education. We would like to make sure that our sources are reliable and ensure vocational training faces up to the challenges of the growing Saudi market.”
Kiuru is accompanied by a huge delegation comprising senior officials and technical experts in education and telecommunications. She said that many countries are seeking to follow the model of the Finnish education system, which is free for citizens, as it is in Saudi Arabia.
The minister visited several institutions of higher learning in Riyadh including King Saud University, the TVTC, King Abdullah Project for Public Education Development (Tatweer) and Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, which “impressed” her.
She also met with members of the Shoura Council to discuss further cooperation including a student exchange program.
Kiuru said that Finland has invited the Saudi telecoms minister to Helsinki to bolster cooperation in the field.


US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

Updated 11 December 2018
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US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

  • Perry spoke at a Baghdad hotel where he was attending a US chamber of commerce event alongside Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban
  • The United States has restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry as well as its banking and transport industry

BAGHDAD: US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he had discussed his country’s sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials and signalled an intention to step up US private sector investment in Iraq.
Perry spoke at a Baghdad hotel where he was attending a US chamber of commerce event alongside Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban.
The United States has restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil industry as well as its banking and transport industry.
Baghdad, an ally of both Washington and Tehran, is seeking US approval to allow it to import Iranian gas for its power stations.
Iraqi officials say they need more time to find an alternative source than a 45-day waiver granted to it by the United States.
“Sanctions were mentioned in meetings this morning,” Perry said without providing details.
He added that his attendance was sending a strong message of US commitment to Iraq’s economy and energy sector and that he recognized the challenges faced by Iraq’s government when it comes to rebuilding oil infrastructure destroyed during the war against Daesh militants.
“This is a different administration that will move with speed to develop an energy sector that best serves the citizens of Iraq,” Perry said of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s new government.