SAOGE focuses on oil and gas industry's progress

Updated 22 November 2015
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SAOGE focuses on oil and gas industry's progress

DAMMAM: The 7th edition of the Saudi International Oil and Gas Exhibition (SAOGE) opens at the Dhahran International Exhibition Center in Dammam on Monday. The three-day expo is being held with the support of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif.
Dhahran Expo CEO Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Hussaini said: "We are extremely proud for this honor that Prince Saud is extending to SAOGE 2015; this is a further award to the ever-increasing importance of SAOGE as the best-attended and premier oil and gas exhibition in Saudi Arabia".
The three-day show aims to highlight the development of products in the oil and gas industry, which has taken a pivotal position in the Saudi economy, compared to other commercial industries in the Kingdom, and to other countries that do not have the hydrocarbon raw material, the official said.
He said that gas and oil are the basic raw materials for the manufacturing and consuming industries, in addition to being a key material in the production of a myriad of other chemicals.
He said the Eastern Province (EP) ranked first in the manufacturing materials industry and in the number of factories specialized in those industries, which require the identification of appropriate opportunities to develop the sector, and identify how to increase its products, without direct dependence on raw materials, but the resulting industries.
The SAOGE, which attracts the oil and manufacturing industries’ major investors, will include many contributions and offers from key industry professionals to review the most prominent developments, the new global research and studies in the field of oil industries, its development and protection under the current circumstances, Al-Hussaini added.
The exhibition is an important linking point for companies, distributors and suppliers in the oil sector. It aims at promoting investment by attracting more capital that will contribute in the launch of many projects in the most important national industry sectors in the EP.
Moreover, SAOGE will review through its activities the latest products in the oil industry, the major challenges facing the sector, in addition to many of the solutions that have contributed to raising the level of performance and improve the related services.


US trade negotiators to visit China for fresh round of talks

Updated 21 March 2019
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US trade negotiators to visit China for fresh round of talks

  • Washington and Beijing are battling over the final shape of a trade deal
  • American officials are demanding profound changes to Chinese industrial policy

BEIJING: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will visit China on March 28-29 for a fresh round of talks aimed at resolving the bruising trade war, the Chinese commerce ministry said Thursday.
After their visit, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will head to the United States in April to continue the negotiations, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a press briefing.
Washington and Beijing are battling over the final shape of a trade deal, with American officials demanding profound changes to Chinese industrial policy.
President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that US tariffs on Chinese imports could remain in place for a “substantial period,” dampening hopes that an agreement would see them lifted soon.
Over the last eight months, the United States and China have slapped tariffs on more than $360 billion in two-way goods trade, weighing on the manufacturing sectors in both countries.
On Friday, China’s rubber-stamp parliament approved a foreign investment law to strengthen protections for intellectual property — a central US grievance — but critics said the bill was rammed through without sufficient time for input from businesses.