Root of maritime crime ‘must be addressed,’ says Saudi Border Guards chief

Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balwi, director general of the Saudi Border Guards, speaks during the workshop at the Mohammed bin Naif Institute for Maritime Science and Security Studies in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 25 April 2019
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Root of maritime crime ‘must be addressed,’ says Saudi Border Guards chief

  • Al-Balwi stressed the Kingdom’s support to fight piracy, armed robbery and maritime terrorism

JEDDAH: The head of the Saudi Border Guards has warned that maritime security in the Red Sea and elsewhere can only be achieved if the root of piracy and maritime crime are addressed.

Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balwi, director general of the Saudi Border Guards, was speaking at the opening of an international workshop on Tuesday on dealing with piracy and other crimes at the Mohammed bin Naif Institute for Maritime Science and Security Studies in Jeddah.

The three-day workshop will focus on the Jeddah Amendments to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, which were designed to enhance the response of the international community to criminal activity at sea, and were adopted in 2017. 

The Djibouti Code of 2009 was designed to improve regional capacity to respond to piracy off the coasts of Africa and Arabia.

The workshop was organized by the Directorate General of the Border Guards in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), under the guidance of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif.

The workshop was organized in Jeddah by the Directorate General of the Border Guards in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization. (SPA)

Al-Balwi stressed Saudi Arabia’s support for regional and international efforts to fight piracy, armed robbery and maritime terrorism.

He said the threat of piracy to shipping had been contained by a combination of actions by regional states, international organizations, international naval forces and self-protection measures by merchant shipping. 

But he warned that despite the gains made, maritime security threats continue to evolve and require a concerted effort to address them.

Al-Balwi said by adopting the Jeddah Amendments in 2017, the region sought a long-term comprehensive solution. 

He warned that if the workshop’s participants focused only on addressing symptoms such as the criminal acts, the region would not succeed in its goal of a well-developed maritime economy free from violent extremism. 

Chris Trelawny, the representative of the IMO secretary-general, said the workshop will take stock of what is needed to address the full range of maritime crimes referred to in the Jeddah Amendments.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.