Saudi minister highlights importance of humans in ‘powering change’

Al-Sawaha pointed out that Saudi Arabia has successfully extended the fiber optic network to more than 700,000 homes out of the target 2 million to be networked by 2020. (SPA)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Saudi minister highlights importance of humans in ‘powering change’

  • Al-Sawaha pointed out that Saudi Arabia has successfully extended the fiber optic network to more than 700,000 homes out of the target 2 million to be networked by 2020

JEDDAH: Days after Saudi Arabia made history by becoming the first country to grant citizenship to a robot, the Kingdom’s communication minister, has been speaking of the importance of humans in powering change.
Saudi Arabia considers humans to be pivotal to international development, Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, minister of telecommunication and IT, told delegates at the International Union for Communication conference in Dubai.
Al-Sawaha pointed out that Saudi Arabia has successfully extended the fiber optic network to more than 700,000 homes out of the target 2 million to be networked by 2020.
He said that the ministry aims to increase women’s contribution to the labor market from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2030, a projected 3 percent in the non-oil gross domestic product.

He called on the world community, led by the International Union for Communications, to create and enforce an international law to control the Internet and protect national and personal data from cyberattack.


King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

Updated 10 December 2018
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King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

JEDDAH: King Salman patronized on Sunday the inaugural ceremony for the restoration of the Tarif historical district in the presence of leaders, presidents, and delegations from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The program aims at the development of the ancient historical city so as to transform it into an international tourist and cultural hub. It also aims to list it among the world heritage sites.

In a speech delivered during this ceremony, Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh region, thanked King Salman for his support of the program, which coincides with the fourth anniversary of the king’s ascension to the throne.