International conference highlights importance of industrial security

Updated 11 December 2012
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International conference highlights importance of industrial security

RIYADH: The 15th International Conference and Exhibition for Industrial Security kicked off in Riyadh on Sunday night.
The three-day conference and exhibition organized by the Kingdom’s Higher Commission for Industrial Security (HCIS) is the largest exhibition on industrial security in the country.
The conference attracted delegates from companies around the world which specialize in the security, fire and safety industry and are working in or looking to enter into Middle East markets.
Conference highlights include discussions on the protection of the Kingdom’s national critical infrastructure; overcoming security and protection challenges faced by companies in the Middle East; cyber security; promoting and enforcing a culture of safety culture within an organization; and the role of people in security, fire and occupational safety management.
Saad bin Abdullah Al-Tuwaijri, director general of Civil Defense said: “Industrial security as a subject is being taught in all countries of the world and we, as an integral part of this world, cannot lag behind. The Kingdom is witnessing an industrial renaissance comparable to developed countries.”
Al-Tuwaijri toured the exhibition and met with representatives from companies featuring the newest emerging technologies and equipment in the industrial security field.
“We have experts from France, Britain and other countries who have a wealth of experience in the field of industrial safety.”
He said the Kingdom is in great need of conferences like these to attract those with extensive experience in industrial security.
Khalid Al-Ageel, secretary-general of the High Commission for Industrial Security, said the exhibition reflects the vital role played by the HCIS in the development of a culture of industrial security and promoting its importance among industry professionals.
He said the conference also offers insight into the latest developments in the field, regional challenges, and technological and regulatory matters affecting the market, as well as an exchange of ideas on fire protection and safety in the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.