Madinah hosts 1st International Conference on Humanizing Cities

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Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman addresses at the first International Conference on Humanizing Cities at Taibah University on Tuesday. SPA
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Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman poses with other participants at the first International Conference on Humanizing Cities at Taibah University on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 09 May 2018
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Madinah hosts 1st International Conference on Humanizing Cities

Prince Faisal bin Salman, Madinah’s governor and chairman of its development authority, on Monday launched the first International Conference on Humanizing Cities at Taibah University.
The event, which is organized by the Development Authority of Madinah and ends on May 10, was attended by Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal.
Prince Faisal welcomed attendees and said the conference “aims to introduce international ideas and experiences, benefit from researchers’ views, and learn the best practices in the field.”
The conference will review projects to develop sites in Madinah, including Qiba Avenue, Sayed Al-Shohadaa district and Tala’a Al-Jabour.
It aims to look at modern ways to develop public places, city centers and neighborhoods to improve urban spaces and quality of life. There will be 20 panel discussions, including presentations, case studies and open debates.
Participants include 20 international experts in planning and developing cities, public areas and open spaces, and 27 local experts in architecture, design, planning and urban development.
Speakers come from 14 countries: Saudi Arabia, the US, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt and Jordan.
The conference will feature senior Saudi and Gulf officials, as well as Saudi mayors. Directors of regional and international organizations will also take part and visit the Development Authority of Madinah to discuss current and future developments in humanizing cities.
The development authority seeks to make Madinah a model for the development of modern cities.
It coincides with the launch of the Quality of Life 2020 program, which outlines a comprehensive and integrated roadmap to make Saudi cities among the world’s most attractive, and to improve the lifestyle of citizens and residents, as well as infrastructure.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 23 February 2019
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.