Tech companies form regional alliance, eye presence in KSA

Belgian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dominique Mineur, center, with officials of Barco and Mindware. (Photo Supplied)
Updated 10 April 2019
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Tech companies form regional alliance, eye presence in KSA

RIYADH: In a bid to expand its presence in the Middle East, Belgian global technology company Barco has entered into a partnership with Mindware, a regional value-added distributor of IT solutions.

“This is very good news, and I’m happy to see Barco and Mindware joining forces and be present in the Saudi market,” said Dominique Mineur, Belgian ambassador to the Kingdom.

The Vision 2030 reform plan “is very important in the development of Saudi Arabia, but also in terms of opportunities for different businesses,” she added.

Ramzi Itani, Barco’s vice president for the Middle East and Africa, and Nicholas Argyrides, Mindware’s general manager for the Gulf, signed a contract formalizing the partnership.

The agreement includes hosting workshops and events to promote collaboration across target markets, starting with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“We are committed to building synergies in Saudi Arabia and across the region that help us benefit from the growing opportunities within the enterprise market,” said Itani.

“At Barco, we plan to continue working toward building strong relationships with partners in the country, both to strengthen its current positioning as well expand its base further into the market.”

Argyrides said: “Digital transformation is leading the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region, particularly Saudi Arabia, into a new era of operational efficiency and growth, especially in the ICT (information and communications technology) sector.”

He added: “Mindware is well positioned to deliver our brand promise across the region’s IT distribution channels.”


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.