Saudi-Japan Business Forum begins in Riyadh

Hiroshige Seko and Majid Al-Qassabi
Updated 14 January 2018
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Saudi-Japan Business Forum begins in Riyadh

RIYADH: The Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko will lead a trade delegation of 60 Japanese companies at the Saudi Arabia-Japan Business Forum on Sunday in Riyadh under the co-chairmanship of Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qasabi.
The forum has been organized by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) to discuss investment partnerships under the banner of “Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030.”
Ahmed Almusained, PR and media manager of SAGIA, told Arab News that the SAGIA will also host the “Invest in Saudi Arabia” exhibition during the forum, which will highlight the investment opportunities the Kingdom offers in various regions, and it will be attended by public sector leaders, businessmen, economists, and innovators.
According to a statement from SAGIA, its governor, Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman Al-Omar, will also attend the event which will be held at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh.
The 60 Japanese companies represent the energy, electricity, infrastructure, logistics, health, entertainment, agriculture and food, information technology, and banking and financial services sectors in Japan.
Japan is considered a key trade partner of the Kingdom. The volume of trade between the two countries reached SR117.9 billion ($31.43 billion) in 2015. Saudi exports to Japan stood at SR80.6 billion. Saudi imports from Japan reached SR37.2 billion, a trade balance of SR43.3 billion in favor of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 22 April 2018
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.