Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses concern over unrest in Mali

Mali's riot security forces running battles with opposition activist during a prohibited march in Bamako, Mali, in this June. 2, 2018 photo. (AP)
Updated 11 June 2018
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses concern over unrest in Mali

  • Most protests are banned as the nation has lived under a near-constant state of emergency since an attack on a hotel in Bamako in November 2015 left 20 people dead
  • Peaceful dialogue is the only way to achieve social harmony

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed its concern over the latest political developments in Mali following the violent events in the capital Bamako, which resulted in the injury of dozens of citizens.
The secretary-general of the OIC, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, called on the Malian government and all political components to show restraint.
He called on all the stakeholders to take measures to calm the situation. The OIC chief said peaceful dialogue is the only way to achieve social harmony.
Following the violent incident, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called for “calm and restraint by all parties,” AFP reported.
Mali is one of the so-called “G5 Sahel” states — along with Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger — which have launched joint operations against militant groups.
Most protests are banned as the nation has lived under a near-constant state of emergency since an attack on a hotel in Bamako in November 2015 left 20 people dead.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.