Fake items decline 45%

Updated 29 January 2014

Fake items decline 45%

Smuggling of counterfeit products into the Kingdom has come down by 45 percent compared to last year, director general of Customs department, said on the occasion of International Customs Day in Riyadh.
Salih Al-Khilaiwi said, “More than 124 million counterfeit pieces were prevented from entering the country last year, in addition to confiscation of about 40 million fake items.”
He said, “The department depends heavily on its staff to control and prevent smuggling of counterfeit goods into local markets. We put in all efforts to ensure that our employees work efficiently.”
On the issue of low-efficiency air-conditioners that do not conform to recent Saudi specifications, he said: “We prevented more than 30,000 air-conditioners from entering the Kingdom,” adding that the Ministry of Commerce is taking initiative to re-export these with the cooperation of the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) and the Customs department.
He said the revenues of the department have touched SR23 billion, adding that he expects the figure to go up the next year in view of the increasing imports.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019

Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.