Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

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Prince Sultan bin Salman visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center on April 20, 2019. (SPA)
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Prince Sultan bin Salman visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center on April 20, 2019. (SPA)
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Prince Sultan bin Salman visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center on April 20, 2019. (SPA)
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Prince Sultan bin Salman visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center on April 20, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor
  • He also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology

MOSCOW: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission on Saturday visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center.
Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor, who briefed him on the center’s work and programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
They discussed establishing scientific and research cooperation in the areas of space and aeronautics, and the International Space Station.
Prince Sultan also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology. It produces most parts of the International Space Station.
He said his visit was in line with directives from King Salman to ensure close cooperation with Russia in the space sector and joint investments.
The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was working at a “rapid pace” to complete an ambitious national strategy, he said, and the Kingdom was one of the region’s first countries to explore the future of space more than 34 years ago.
He added that programs were being prepared in partnership with Russian space institutions and agencies to train Saudi astronauts and to expand in space and satellite industries.
The prince said the commission was keen to invest in training Saudi talent through specialized programs and educational scholarships abroad.
Earlier this week, he visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a working session alongside its director-general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
“Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence,” SPA reported Rogozin as saying.
Last month, Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first pan-Arab agreement on coordinating national exploration programs at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said that the group’s first project would be a satellite system to be built in the UAE.
The agreement is unprecedented for the nations involved, whose levels of technical expertise vary. The first aim of the agreement will be to bring them all up to an equal level of capability.


Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s minister of economy and planning

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Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s minister of economy and planning

Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri has been Saudi Arabia’s minister of economy and planning since November 2017. He is also on the board of directors at Saudi Aramco, Saudi Railways Co., and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Al-Tuwaijri holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics, acquired in 1980 from King Faisal Air Academy, and a master’s degree in business administration in finance from King Saud University. He began his career in 1988 as a pilot in the Royal Saudi Air Force. He took part in the Gulf War of 1991, winning multiple medals for his service.

He left the Air Force in 1993, changing careers to the banking sector. He joined the Saudi British Bank in 1995 as head of risk management. 

From 2007 to 2010, Al-Tuwaijri was CEO of J.P. Morgan Saudi Arabia. He moved to HSBC, where he worked in various roles, including CEO of global banking and markets, regional head of service management, and group vice president and CEO of HSBC MENA and Turkey.

Al-Tuwaijri was appointed vice minister at the Ministry of Economy and Planning in 2016 before becoming minister the following year. He is also the general secretary of the finance committee at the Royal Court, and chairman of the National Center for Privatization, the General Authority for Statistics, and the Center for Strategic Development.

Al-Tuwaijri will be attending the Peace to Prosperity conference —  which will discuss the Israel-Palestine peace plan — in Bahrain on June 25-26. Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be using the conference to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.