First visit to China by Saudi justice minister boosts legal ties

Saudi Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani, center, speaks during a meeting with Zhang Jun, the Chinese justice minister, left, in Beijing on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 10 January 2018
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First visit to China by Saudi justice minister boosts legal ties

JEDDAH: Zhang Jun, the Chinese justice minister, received on Tuesday in Beijing his counterpart Walid Al-Samaani, chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council — the first visit by a Saudi justice minister to China.
The meeting, in the presence of Turki Al-Madhi, the Saudi ambassador to China, was the start of a visit to develop relations and judicial cooperation between the two countries.
Jun welcomed the Saudi justice minister and his entourage, and stressed the development witnessed in Saudi Arabia. He praised discussions for the signing of an agreement for judicial cooperation between the two countries and a new era of collaboration.
Al-Samaani noted that China was one of the most popular countries among Saudi investors, and the trade exchange between the two countries was huge. He said that the judicial agreement was important for enhancing security and assurance in commercial transactions, and for exchanging judicial and legal expertise.
Recent visits by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had encouraged a strategic agreement reviving the ancient Silk Road, a symbol of trade between China and the Arabian Peninsula through the ages. This intersected with Vision 2030, which aims to use the Kingdom’s strategic location for economic development and prosperity.
Al-Samaani presented an overview of the Saudi justice system and guarantees complying with internationally recognized fair trial standards.
He explained that adjudication of trade disputes had two tracks. The first track was settlement through the commercial judiciary represented by the Specialized Commercial Court, which was recently assigned in line with the Kingdom’s steps toward improving and expediting the commercial justice system to conform to Vision 2030 projects.
The second track was settlement through commercial arbitration, as the Kingdom had recently established the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, which would enable swift dispute settlement and procedural flexibility and effectiveness.
Al-Samaani said that commercial judicial work was governed by many laws characterized by flexibility, efficiency and constant refining due to the speed and development required in commercial cases since time was important for traders.
“Regarding the enforcement of rulings, the Kingdom has established special courts to enforce various judicial rulings, commercial papers and documents recognized as execution writs under the enforcement code and its executive regulations,” he said. “These courts guarantee swift enforcement and restoration of rights via several methods they are empowered to adopt.”


Arab transport ministers meet in Egypt

Al-Khalb saaid the transport system in Saudi Arabia has seen many transformations and achievements in recent years. (Photo: saudi.gov.sa)
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Arab transport ministers meet in Egypt

  • Saudi Arabia has launched new projects in the sector, improved the efficiency of operational and logistical services

JEDDAH: The Saudi government has always been keen to support every effort to develop joint Arab action for the future of transport in all Arab countries, Saudi Ports Authority President Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb said on Tuesday.
He was speaking at the 31st meeting of the Arab Transport Ministers Council, which is being held over two days at the Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.
Al-Khalb said: “Arab countries have taken important steps toward coordinating and uniting efforts, visions, and experiences to improve all forms of transport in the region and promote mutual cooperation between them in many areas, including studying Arab cooperation approaches for developing transport systems, establishing transport networks and linking them, and facilitating the transportation of goods and passengers.
“Moreover, the Arab countries have discussed maximizing the use of multimodal transport and Arab land and sea link projects, as well as the development of legislative frameworks to support the partnership between the public and private sectors in the field of transport in Arab countries.”
Al-Khalb said the transport system in Saudi Arabia has seen many transformations and achievements in recent years, owing it to the Saudi leadership’s generous support for the transport sector.
He said: “Saudi Arabia has launched new projects in the sector, improved the efficiency of operational and logistical services, significantly developed the infrastructure, and prepared local talents, in addition to expanding projects for road construction, rail networks, and airport development, improving the efficiency of ports, advancing systems, and simplifying procedures and utilizing their components in various investment and service projects to meet the requirements of development.”