Saudi Civil Defense chief launches recruitment drive for local manufacturers

Civil Defense Director General Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro inaugurates an exhibition to support local manufacturers in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 21 February 2019
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Saudi Civil Defense chief launches recruitment drive for local manufacturers

  • Al-Amro stressed the directorate’s efforts to strengthen the spare parts manufacturing industry locally

JEDDAH: An initiative to encourage manufacturers to supply parts for Saudi Civil Defense machines and technical equipment has been launched in the Kingdom.

Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro, director-general of the Civil Defense, opened an exhibition aimed at supporting local businesses looking to produce components to world-class quality standards for the General Directorate of Civil Defense.

During the inauguration ceremony, Al-Amro stressed the directorate’s efforts — under the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — to strengthen the spare parts manufacturing industry locally in a bid to boost the national economy and meet the targets of the country’s Vision 2030 reform plan.

Al-Amro said: “This direction provides new manufacturing opportunities for national factories, identifies the General Directorate of Civil Defense’s needs and demands, and builds a long-term strategic relationship with the private sector in the area of local manufacturing of spare parts.

“A database will be created for parts that need to be manufactured, and it will be provided to local factories and companies that have the capacity to manufacture those parts.”

Delegates attending the exhibition were shown a film highlighting the support available to parts manufacturers, and Al-Amro presented awards and certificates to companies and individuals for their work in supporting the local manufacturing sector.

Assistant director-general of technical affairs, Maj. Gen. Omar Al-Baiz, praised the directorate’s efforts to seek out partners in the private sector and organize events such as the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing (AFED).


Saudi researchers join T20 summit in Japan

From left to right: Dr. Fahad Al-Turki, head of Saudi delegation; Kenichiro Sasae, president of The Japan Institute of International Affairs; Dr. Julia Pomares, co-chair of T20 Argentina during Argentine G-20 presidency; Kyoto Tsuji, vice-minister for Japanese foreign affairs; Naoyuki Yoshino, dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute; Gustavo Martinez, Argentine T20 executive director; Hiroshi Watanabe, president of the Institute for International Monetary Affairs pose during the event. (Photo/Supplied)
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Saudi researchers join T20 summit in Japan

  • Ways to fill economic infrastructure gaps, the US-China trade crisis analyzed

TOKYO: The world’s leading think tanks gathered for the G-20’s Think20 (T20) Japan Summit on Sunday in Tokyo, ahead of the upcoming G-20 Osaka Summit next month.
In the opening address, the president of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Kenichiro Sasae, spoke of the importance of technological advances, governance and multilateralism. 
“Technology is a tool,” he told assembled delegates. “We need two guiding symbols to harness modern technology to continue to pull economic growth. Technology has a wade-ranging impact, not only on business but also on privacy, protection.”
The T20 Summit comes amidst the backdrop of a four-day visit to the Japanese capital by US President Donald Trump.
Of the main topics discussed in closed sessions were finding innovative ways to fill economic infrastructure gaps, the US-China trade crisis, how to promote entrepreneurial ecosystems and climate change.
The host country has the privilege of selecting task forces specifically for the T20. Under the theme “Seeking a Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Society,” Japan’s T20 recommendations were based on theoretical and empirical analysis, and consist of 10 separate task forces.
They include sustainable development, climate change and environment, cooperation with Africa, Global governance and Future Politics.
Heading the Saudi T20 delegation, Dr. Fahad Al-Turki spoke to Arab News and told of the delegations’ various roles and expectations for the summit.
“We’re working with the Argentines, the Japanese and the Italians to ensure continuity on policy recommendations that will go to the G-20,” he said.
Five Saudi think tanks are being represented at the summit.
“The purpose is to have a collective effort from Saudi Arabia to represent the Kingdom at the T20. The first day went great, we talked with the authors of many of the policy briefs about our views and our recommendations,” he added.
Dr. Hossa Al-Mutairi told Arab News Saudi participation was essential, in anticipation to the 2020 G-20 Riyadh Summit.
“We participated last year as observers (at the 2018 summit in Buenos Aires), we went to learn from the Argentines, attended their sessions to understand the process of organizing T20 as well as how to select the task forces, but mainly to maintain a network with T20 members,” she said.
“One of the presentations that we had was on climate change, as Saudi Arabia cares about climate change, but we also care about economic stability. There is a connection between economics, environment and energy, you can’t separate them and we look into all energy sources.”