Initiative aims to set up 60 eco-factories in Saudi city

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The project aims to open two eco-factories in each of the districts producing products such as fabrics, jewelry, perfume and food. (Supplied)
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The project aims to open two eco-factories in each of the districts producing products such as fabrics, jewelry, perfume and food. (Supplied)
Updated 02 March 2019
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Initiative aims to set up 60 eco-factories in Saudi city

  • The scheme will be launched in cooperation with the Saudi government’s industrial property agency Modon, and Jeddah municipality

JEDDAH: Up to 60 new factories each employing 30 workers are to be set up on the outskirts of a Saudi city as part of a major new job-creation initiative.

The plan to establish the environment-friendly manufacturing plants in 30 districts of Jeddah, was announced by Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) official Ibrahim Batterjee.

The project aims to open two eco-factories in each of the districts producing products such as fabrics, jewelry, perfume and food.

Batterjee, head of the JCCI’s industrial committee, said the move was designed to reduce pressure on industrial cities and provide jobs that were easy to access for women.

The scheme will be launched in cooperation with the Saudi government’s industrial property agency Modon, and Jeddah municipality.

Olfat Qabbani, an investor in the industrial sector, hailed the initiative as a positive move. She said there was a need to encourage young people to start their own factory operations and overcome the stereotype that only high-profile businesspeople can do it.

The initiative was announced during a session titled “The Expectations of Industrial Sector Leaders” at the JCCI’s 75th anniversary celebrations in Jeddah. 

Speakers at the event raised various challenges including manpower and fuel prices, and said more effort was needed to meet the expectations of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan while also diversifying the economy away from the petrochemical sector.

They also noted that Modon and the Saudi Industrial Development Fund both offered support to the industrial sector.

Investment company chairman, Abdulaziz Al-Surai, highlighted the opportunities open to young entrepreneurs working in the Saudi industrial sector, to export products to other countries in the region. He said “Made in KSA” was a well-respected and trusted trademark around the world. 


Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki at a press briefing. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

  • Houthis want to disturb peace, says coalition spokesman
  • Stockholm peace agreement under strain

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government is committed to protecting regional and global security, a spokesman said Monday.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki was asked at a press briefing about Houthi militias threatening to target the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“This is their way to disturb peace,” Al-Maliki replied. “Previously the Houthis targeted Riyadh with a ballistic missile, violating all international laws by attacking a city that has more than 8 million civilians. We take all precautions to protect civilians and vital areas. The coalition works to protect regional and international security.”

Al-Maliki said Houthis had targeted Saudi border towns several times, the most recent incident taking place in Abha last Friday.

But the Saudi Royal Air Defense Force had shot down a drone that was targeting civilians, he added.

He said four Saudi nationals and an Indian expatriate were injured in the attack because of falling debris.

The drone wreckage showed the characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing, he said, which proved Iran was continuing to smuggle arms to the militias.

He warned the Houthis to refrain from targeting civilians because the coalition, in line with international humanitarian law, had every right to counter such threats.

He said the coalition was making efforts to neutralize ballistic missiles and dismantle their capabilities, as the coalition’s joint command would not allow the militia to possess weapons that threatened civilian lives and peace.

Al-Maliki reiterated that the Houthis were targeting Yemeni civilians and continued to violate international laws. 

He also urged Yemenis to try their best to prevent children from being captured by Houthis, who were using them as human shields and child soldiers.

His comments came as the UN tried to salvage a peace deal that was seen as crucial for ending the country’s four-year war.

The Stockholm Agreement was signed by the Yemeni government and Houthi representatives last December.

The main points of the agreement were a prisoner exchange, steps toward a cease-fire in the city of Taiz, and a cease-fire agreement in the city of Hodeidah and its port, as well as ports in Salif and Ras Issa.

Militants triggered the conflict when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and attempted to occupy large parts of the country. An Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognized government in March 2015.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015.

Earlier this month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration opposed curbs on American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“The way to alleviate the Yemeni people’s suffering isn’t to prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight, but by giving the Saudi-led coalition the support needed to defeat the Iranian-backed rebels and ensure a just peace,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.