Ports authority promotes KSA at maritime expo

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The ports authority will highlight the Kingdom’s efforts in improving services at its nine ports. (SPA)
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The ports authority will highlight the Kingdom’s efforts in improving services at its nine ports. (SPA)
Updated 29 October 2018
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Ports authority promotes KSA at maritime expo

JEDDAH: Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) is taking part in the 9th edition of Seatrade Maritime Middle East Expo as a golden sponsor.
Considered the region’s biggest maritime exhibition, the three-day event began on Monday in Dubai.
The ports authority will highlight the Kingdom’s efforts in improving services at its nine ports. Saudi Arabia is taking all measures to make its ports on a par with other developed ports across the world and to increase their capabilities to cater to the needs of an ever-increasing traffic.
The Saudi delegates will also exchange information with experts in the field and will promote brand KSA to attract foreign investors.
The Kingdom is working relentlessly to build a solid ground for the status of Saudi Ports Authority as a leader of ports sector which links the national economy with the international market.
The ports underwent various stages of construction and development from the foundation of Saudi Arabia up until the General Ports Organization was established in 1976. This was followed by the establishment and inauguration of several ports until 1997, when port operations were handed to the private sector.


Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief chief meets UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief chief meets UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen

JEDDAH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), met on Saturday with Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh.
They discussed means of cooperating and providing support to the mechanism of humanitarian and relief work in Yemen.
They also reviewed operations taking place on the ground, as well as subjects of common interest.
Al-Rabeeah showcased the humanitarian assistance provided by KSRelief in Yemen, and the 321 projects it has implemented there so far.
Topics discussed included the $500 million grant from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to the UN “to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people in 2018,” he said.
“We also examined the mechanism ensuring that humanitarian assistance reaches all Yemenis without exception,” he added.
“The meeting looked into ways to avoid Houthi violations when it comes to humanitarian aid, especially those related to the looting of aid provided by the World Food Programme (WFP),” Al-Rabeeah said, adding that they discussed “our strategic partnership” in 2019 and alleviating the famine in Yemen.
Grande said the meeting was of great importance, adding: “It discussed the famine in Yemen, possible solutions, and how to provide rapid assistance to the Yemeni people.”
She said: “The Kingdom’s contribution through KSRelief is crucial. The center provided us with tips on how to put an end to the famine in Yemen.”
She added: “We have to help Yemeni families so they can have a proper source of income. We seek to develop the work environment to facilitate the task for humanitarian workers.”
Grande stressed the importance of addressing all violations, and expressed her happiness at Yemeni officials agreeing to allow the WFP to use a fingerprint system to identify beneficiaries.