KSA, Japan seek avenues for scientific cooperation

Updated 12 April 2014
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KSA, Japan seek avenues for scientific cooperation

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Japan are exploring opportunities for scientific cooperation in the field of research activities for the benefit of the two countries.
Last week, KACST President Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel and the founding chairman of The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum in Japan Koji Omi held talks as to how best the two bodies could cooperate to promote research activities in the Kingdom.
In a statement following the talks, Al-Suwaiyel said the two organizations are exploring the feasibility of helping each other in research activities that could benefit both countries.
During the talks, Al-Suwaiyel explained to the visiting delegation that KACST is currently focused on development and investment in the national system of science, technology and innovation to promote the building of a knowledge-based society to serve sustainable development in the Kingdom.
Omi said that the two countries could exchange experiences in many fields for mutual benefits.
The KACST is an independent scientific organization which serves as the country’s national science agency and its national laboratory. The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services such as the patent office. KACST currently has over 3,000 employees.
It has supported many scientific research projects aiming to serve developmental issues in various sectors. These research projects have yielded good results which have benefited various parties of both the private and public sectors.
KACST has also provided scientists, researchers and students in Saudi universities with considerable support and services. The city is also in the process of implementing many research projects in its well-equipped labs and research centers.
The efforts of KACST in the area of science and technology have culminated in the approval of the Council of Ministers of the National Policy of Science and Technology, as the first step toward completing the strategy and plans needed to implement the policies of the Comprehensive National Plan for Science and Technology, which outline and define the future directions of the system of science, technology and innovation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
KACST has successfully completed the first quinquennial (happening once every five years) plan for science and technology (2006/2007-2009/2010) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Planning and the participation of many related parties in the Kingdom.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.