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).