SEC and Japan firms sign deal to implement ‘Electric Car Pilot Project’ in the Kingdom

Representatives of SEC and three Japanese firms during the agreement signing ceremony.
Updated 18 January 2018

SEC and Japan firms sign deal to implement ‘Electric Car Pilot Project’ in the Kingdom

The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) has signed a cooperation agreement with three Japanese firms to implement “Electric Car Pilot Project” in the Kingdom.
The projects aims to help reduce dependency on oil and boost environmental conservation standards by minimizing pollution associated with similar internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
The agreement was signed by Khalid bin Saad Al-Rashed, executive vice president, engineering and projects, SEC, and officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., Nissan Motor Co. and Tecaoca Coco Energy Solutions Co.
Al-Rashed said the project is an important step to transfer modern technologies and use the electric energy in general and electric car technologies in particular.
He said the coming days will witness SEC’s additional efforts to assess utilization of such promising experiments.
The agreement also includes the development of a fast electric charger for vehicles.
Meanwhile, Nissan Co. announced it will lend SEC three electric cars while Tecaoca Coco Co. will provide it with three fast chargers, highlighting the international trend to expand usage of such cars.
According to the agreement, SEC will cooperate with three Japanese companies to study operation of electric cars in the Kingdom and adapting them to the environment and requirement of their operation.
The possibility of expanding the project and means of utmost utilization will be discussed in order to achieve the objectives and future plans, confirming that SEC is aiming to keep up with the latest technologies in the field of electric energy.
Over the past years, SEC has signed a number of agreements and memos of understanding (MoU) with leading Japanese companies to build strategic relations with international manufacturers.

Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

Sofana Dahlan, founder of Tashkeil; Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat; Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena; Khashoggi Holding Group Vice Chairman Hassan Khashoggi and Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO, My Events International Saudi Arabia, at the event in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 August 2018

Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

The 8th Global Leadership Awards (GLA), which took place in Kuala Lumpur recently, for the first time had winners from Saudi Arabia in two different categories and Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Almaeena hosted the Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat, and the two winners of the GLA, Sofana Dahlan and Hassan Khashoggi, along with Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO of My Events International Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah.

Welcoming the guests, Rafeeq said: “When we disclosed the news of GLA Secretariat’s selection of Khaled Almaeena for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in media, expatriates’ welfare and women empowerment in the region, he just had one thing to say. I would also like to see some Saudi young men and women recognized at the GLA.”

Almaeena nominated a number of Saudis who have excelled in various fields, including two Saudis who won the GLA in different categories.

Recipient of the “Leadership Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship” award, Sofana Dahlan is a well-known lawyer, social entrepreneur and among the first three Saudi female lawyers practicing in the Kingdom. She is the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker and the founder of Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes creative entrepreneurs.

Hassan Khashoggi, who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, is vice chairman of the Khashoggi Holding Group, which was established in 2010. It is a leading private holding that invests in products, services and solutions for the energy and power sectors. It also invests in medical sectors, food, aviation and financial services for the real estate sector.

The event was organized by The Leaders International, a high-profile business magazine and is endorsed by American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), a US-based NGO which showcases leadership at large.

Achievements in more than 30 categories are recognized and honored with a unique award. The winners are selected by high-profile judges from all parts of the world. The event seeks to honor leaders for their exemplary contributions to global growth in economic and leadership development.

Since both the winners could not attend the event in Kuala Lumpur, My Events International Saudi Arabia had arranged for the trophies to be handed over to them by Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Ali bin Selamat in Jeddah.

The consul general told the award winners: “We hope that you attain further excellence in your respective fields. I hope this promotion of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will flourish in the future.”

Khashoggi said: “Hopefully, for future GLA events, we will have more awareness of Saudi talent that is hidden in the Kingdom and we will recognize and reward them. Thank you, Dr. Khaled Almaeena and the My Events team for this honor.”

Dahlan said: “This award is a very important bridge between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because it not only recognizes our achievement but also opens a dialogue and creates awareness about what is really happening in Saudi Arabia beyond the news.

“It is very important that through these kinds of awards and events, we are able to bring nations together and change negative perceptions.”

Almaeena congratulated the winners and said: “These are two very fine young people making a change. Where many do their work in the limelight, they are making a change quietly. We have always recognized people from the West and it is time to look toward the East too. There is so much talent here.”