Saudi Arabia ‘has one of world’s lowest bank fraud rates’

Talat Zaki Hafiz, Saudi Banks spokesman, with Turki Ibrahim Al-Sayari and Wael Abdullah Al-Amoudi at Thursday's press conference in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 24 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia ‘has one of world’s lowest bank fraud rates’

RIYADH: Bank fraud is low in the Kingdom compared to rising rates in other countries, Saudi Banks, the nation’s association of bankers, said on Thursday.
While money transfer fraud, ATM and online banking fraud have become a worldwide threat, prudent banking measures meant the country had one of the world’s least-registered rates of financial fraud, a Saudi Banks spokesman said.
Talat Zaki Hafiz, the secretary-general of the media and banking awareness committee for Saudi Banks, was speaking at the launch in Riyadh of the ninth public awareness campaign, “Mo_Alaina”, about the risks of financial and banking fraud.
“This campaign is basically aimed at educating the public about the techniques of banking fraud, how to deal with it and avoid it by being cautious while using an ATM or making online transactions,” he said.
“In doing this we are not trying to scare people, but just alerting them to banking fraud. We have had some cases reported in the Kingdom which we need to avoid, for example an unknown person asking to transfer money to an unidentified account saying he has no account.” 
“If you take the number of total transactions taking place on a daily or a yearly basis, the number in the Kingdom is in the acceptable range, especially if you compare it to the global standard,” he said.
Hafiz said that financial fraud was on the rise and had become a costly burden to the world economy. In 2016, financial fraud cost companies around the world 5 percent of their annual revenue — $6.3 billion annually.
Ibrahim Saad Abu Muti, head of the banking information and awareness-raising team at Saudi Banks, said that this year’s campaign will deal with fake and unlicensed investments.
 


Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

  • The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022
  • The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has announced the signature of a Joint Venture (JV) Agreement for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes with the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia. The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022.
In line with the contract, Navantia and SAMI have agreed on the establishment of a JV in Saudi Arabia, which will provide an exceptional opportunity to consolidate the position of the integrated systems and technologically advanced solutions provided by Navantia in the Saudi market and area of influence, perfectly aligned with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by localizing 50% of the total military spending by 2030.
The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years, as follows: 1,100 direct jobs, more than 1,800 from the auxiliary industry, and more than 3,000 indirect jobs generated by other suppliers.
In this respect, the JV will focus on program management and combat system integration and installation, system engineering, system architecture, hardware design, software development, testing and verification, prototyping, simulation, modelling, and through-life support.
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Military Industries, said: “SAMI remains committed to being a key enabler of the Saudi Vision 2030, and the establishment of this Joint Venture with Navantia will localize more than 60% of ship combat systems work including, installation, and integration, which contribute to the Kingdom’s objective to be at the forefront of shaping the local military industries ecosystem. We will continue to explore collaborations and leverage partnerships that meet our key mandate to localize more than half of the Kingdom’s total military spending.”
Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, Chairman of Navantia, said: “Navantia is very happy with the signature of this contract that means a starting point for the collaboration with Saudi Arabia. Navantia is committed to contributing to Saudi Vision 2030 and will support the country in this endeavour. The JV between SAMI and Navantia is an opportunity to develop capabilities in the country and jointly explore future opportunities.”
For the Avante 2200 contract, the JV will be responsible, among others, of supplying the Combat System of all five ships. Corvettes 4th and 5th will be finalized and delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the JV will do the installation, integration and test of the complete Combat System.