Aviation security is responsibility of all without exception, say experts

Updated 12 November 2017
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Aviation security is responsibility of all without exception, say experts

RIYADH: The Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) on Thursday concluded its program for the security of aircraft and airports with 129 experts from Arab countries as participants.
Addressing the participants on the occasion, Dr. Jamaan Rashid ben Ragosh, NAUSS president, stressed the importance of the program at a time when threats facing air transport have increased.
He said that the university gives importance to the program through postgraduate studies and the granting of a higher diploma in civil aviation security.
He pointed out that the university had recently signed a scientific memorandum of understanding with the Arab Transport Association and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) for the purpose of engendering cooperation.
He added that the program aimed to highlight the role of civil aviation authorities in Arab countries in ensuring the protection of aviation from acts of unlawful interference.
He said the challenges facing civil aviation and its facilities include providing participants with knowledge and information on all areas of civil aviation security and safety in accordance with international and national legislation, and raising awareness and culture of civil aviation security.
He added that aviation security is the responsibility of all without exception.
The program’s scientific approach includes a number of important topics including quality control, passenger behavior analysis, air cargo security, assessment of threats of dual-use items to aviation security and dangerous enclosures, and response to acts unlawful interference.
The participants in the program included experts from the UAE, Bahrain, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco.


FaceOf: Turki Al-Hokail, CEO of KSA's National Center for Privatization

Updated 27 April 2018
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FaceOf: Turki Al-Hokail, CEO of KSA's National Center for Privatization

  • He is a board member of the Saudi Aviation Holding Co.
  • Al-Hokail regularly contributes articles to the international and local press, is a frequent commentator on TV

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) approved a privatization program that aims to increase job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attract technologies and innovations, and support the country’s economy.

The National Center for Privatization (NCP), the body responsible for implementing the big state sell-off program, released details of its privatization plan after proposals were signed to transfer ports, hospitals, desalination plants, schools and sports clubs to the private sector. 

Turki Al-Hokail is the CEO and a board member of the NCP, reporting directly to CEDA and leading Vision 2030’s privatization goals and program. 

He is a board member of the Saudi Aviation Holding Co., a board member of the General Authority of Customs and a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. Prior to that, Al-Hokail served as an assistant deputy minister of Commerce and Investment for Foreign Trade. 

He also served as a senior economic adviser at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, as a senior adviser to the Supreme Economic Council at the Royal Court, a consultant at the World Bank, a senior manager of the Economic Research Studies Department of the MENA region at Banque Saudi Fransi and affiliate of Crédit Agricole CIB, and manager of the Economic Studies Department at the Saudi British Bank (SABB), an affiliate of HSBC Holdings Plc.

Al-Hokail regularly contributes articles to the international and local press, is a frequent commentator on TV and a regular participant in trade and economic conferences. He has published more than 150 reports on Saudi and regional economies in trade issues, business confidence indices and real estate/housing indices. 

He is a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Al-Hokail gained his M.A in international commerce, economics and public policy from George Mason University. 

He holds an executive certificate in strategic transformation policies from London Business School, an executive certificate in creativity and innovation management from Harvard Business School, and an executive certificate in negotiation and conflict management from the US Institute of Peace.