King Salman receives president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

King Salman receives Gabriela Cuevas Barron, president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 January 2019
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King Salman receives president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

  • Barron on Monday praised the Kingdom’s efforts to promote joint action with the international community on Arab, Islamic and international issues

RIYADH: The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, on Tuesday called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh. 

She lauded the efforts of Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian work around the globe and for supporting the IPU.

During the meeting, ties between Saudi Arabia and Mexico were reviewed and the two sides discussed ways to enhance the existing relations.

Barron on Monday praised the Kingdom’s efforts to promote joint action with the international community on Arab, Islamic and international issues. 

Following her meeting with Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh of the Saudi Shoura Council, Barron said that the IPU sees Saudi Arabia as an important partner for progress, especially given its role as a leading provider of global energy. 

She also stressed that the Kingdom is an important player in countering international extremism, and that Saudi Arabia is among the most vociferous supporters of the IPU and its agenda. 

Barron said that the world is facing serious challenges and needs more sound and sensible voices that believe in reason, dialogue and joint action under the umbrella of IPU. 

The IPU is a global forum for parliamentarians, with 178 members that meet annually to discuss global issues. The union works with parliaments across the world to safeguard peace and drive positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action.

The Geneva-based body works closely with the UN and other partner organizations to achieve common goals. It has been working since 1889 to establish peace and cooperation among people.


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.