Saudi, Djibouti sign economic cooperation agreement

Maritime transport is one of the areas that the agreement covered. (Reuters)
Updated 23 December 2017
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Saudi, Djibouti sign economic cooperation agreement

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Djibouti yesterday signed a cooperation agreement in areas including industry, energy, mineral wealth, telecommunications, information technology, housing health, agriculture, water and environmental protection.
The agreement included measures to speed up the development of air transport between the two countries and ways to increase trade through improved maritime transport, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.
The agreement also included ways of increasing the volume of trade and investment exchange between the two countries in accordance with both the Saudi Vision 2030 and Djibouti’s Vision 2035.
A Saudi-Djibouti economic fair was held in Riyadh where businessmen from the two countries held talks.
The agreement focused on strengthening cooperation with the Central Bank of Djibouti to exchange information and credit reports on banks and companies in Djibouti.
Saudi Arabia expressed its desire to set a date for the start of the first round of negotiations within two months to avoid double taxation between the two countries, and the list of members of the Saudi Executive Committee for the Saudi-Djibouti Business Council has also been decided on.
The council will meet after Djibouti selects its members for the committee.


Saudi university launches survey into the effects of women driving

Trainee Maria Al-Faraj practices changing a tire during a driving lesson at the Saudi Aramco Driving Center in Dhahran. Reuters/File
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Saudi university launches survey into the effects of women driving

  • A scientific survey about cars and drivers is being distributed on social media outlets, targeting male and female citizens and residents
  • The data will be analyzed to help make recommendations to benefit the community and the interests of the country

JEDDAH: Researchers will observe and document the effects women driving in Saudi Arabia have on the economy, environment, community and traffic safety. It will also gather information about attitudes toward the change in the law, and the experience of women who get behind the wheel.
With the ban on women driving in the Kingdom due to be lifted on June 24, 2018, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam has launched a national study titled “The impact of women’s driving on sustainable development and traffic safety in the Kingdom.”
Researchers from the university, headed by Dr. Najah bint Moqbel Al-Qarawi, a professor of geography of transportation, will supervise the project in collaboration with a specialist team from the General Directorate of Traffic.
Al-Qarawi said that a scientific survey about cars and drivers is being distributed on social media outlets, targeting male and female citizens and residents from all parts of society, in cities and villages. The questionnaire will reveal how participants feel about the issue of women driving and the potential effects it will have.
It will also measure the extent of support for the move from men, while women will be asked about their means of transportation and the main problems they face. Women who want to drive will also be asked about driving, training, the process for getting a license, their fears and aspirations, and for suggestions that might make the process easier and more appealing.
The survey will be carried out in two stages, before and after women get behind the wheel.
The data will be analyzed to help make recommendations to benefit the community and the interests of the country.
Everyone who completes a survey will be entered in a draw to win one of several cars from Almajdouie car company.