Eight years of development, reforms

Updated 12 May 2013

Eight years of development, reforms

The Kingdom has taken gigantic developmental steps in record time, covering all sectors since the ascension of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to the throne, according to Prince Muqrin, second deputy premier and adviser and special envoy of King Abdullah.
“The king has taken many reform decisions, aiming to provide a good standard of living for citizens over the past eight years. Through his wisdom and leadership, King Abdullah has strengthened the status of the Kingdom at regional and global arenas, making it play great and influential roles in regional and global events,” Prince Muqrin said in a statement on the eve of the national celebration marking the eighth anniversary of the pledge of allegiance.
The president of the Allegiance Commission, Prince Mishaal, said King Abdullah spared no efforts in providing services to his country and his people.
“We congratulate ourselves and the Saudi people on this blessed day marking the eighth anniversary of the pledge of allegiance to the king,” Prince Mishaal said.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, president of the Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, said: “Perhaps foremost among the great achievements of King Abdullah is the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques and the improvement of pilgrim services in a way unparalleled in the history of the Two Holy Mosques.”
Expressing his thanks and extending his greetings on behalf of the people of the Makkah Province, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said the king achieved an exceptional position among the Saudi leadership in the present age by holding fast to the humanitarian values enshrined in the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
“He showed the world that Islam is a religion of progress and civilization, and the greatest evidence of this is the king’s efforts to conduct interfaith dialogues,” the prince said.

Pivotal role in global arena
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal stressed the role of the king in enhancing the international status of the Kingdom, highlighting its political, economic and cultural contributions with special emphasis on the need for peace and development.
“King Abdullah has achieved his ambitious visions and translated them into a number of great initiatives to maintain international peace and security and promote development,” Prince Saud said in a statement.
He said the king strengthened the status of the Kingdom as an economic power through its membership in the Group of 20, in addition to the king’s initiative for setting up the counterterrorism center.

Wise statesmanship
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman said the king’s wise statesmanship has enabled the Kingdom to achieve great progress in all fields, including politics, economy, science and social issues.
“The king’s goal is to achieve progress in all parts of the Kingdom by evenly distributing developmental and social projects,” the prince said.
Minister of State and Member of the Council of Ministers Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, commander of the National Guard, said: “Anyone who looks at the past years will notice the positive changes and progress that have put the nation on the threshold of a new era of economic and social development.”
Pakistani Ambassador Mohammed Naeem Khan conveyed felicitations on his own behalf and on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, “to our Saudi brethren” on the occasion.
“It is an occasion of celebration for Pakistanis as much as it is for our Saudi brothers. Their Pakistani brothers inside the Kingdom and in Pakistan join them on this festive occasion,” he said in the message.
The ambassador said that King Abdullah has always had a special love for Pakistan and its people, having visited Pakistan on five occasions. He visited it as crown prince in 2003 and then in 2006 after he ascended the throne. “The Pakistani public will never forget the spontaneous and generous way in which King Abdullah went all out to help Pakistan when it was struck by natural calamities such as earthquake and floods,” he said.


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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.