KSA green technology patents up 58%

Updated 12 November 2014
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KSA green technology patents up 58%

The Kingdom increased its patents in 2013 by 58 percent for technological inventions and solutions to protect the country’s environment.
This is according to Muhammed Al-Suwaiyel, president of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), quoting a Thomson Reuters’ study. This makes Saudi Arabia one of the four leading countries for green technology development in the Middle East, he said.
“The Kingdom’s annual growth of 58 percent in patents for inventions in the field of the environment is an indicator of growing awareness and the efforts of local scientists to find solutions for local environmental issues,” Al-Suwaiyel said recently during the opening of the Saudi International Conference for Environment Technology organized by the KACST in Riyadh.
The Kingdom has displayed significant interest in environmental matters and the development and preservation of natural resources, Al-Suwaiyel said. He said this was the goal of scientists over the next five years.
The national plan for science, technology and inventions has prioritized environmental technology as key for the Kingdom’s growth, he said. He said this was particularly important because of the country’s growing population.
Speaking at the event, Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), said that 39 million cubic meters of wastewater from manufacturing 8.9 million cubic meters of desalinized water per day, is pumped into the sea.
However, the SWCC makes sure, through field research studies, that the underwater flora and fauna are not harmed by the desalination process. It also implements international environmental standards for the protection of the marine environment, he said.
Saleh Al-Rasheed, director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon), said his organization is committed to environmental protection with the use of advanced systems for air purity in the construction of the industrial cities in the country.
Muhammad Al-Shamisi, the chairman of the conference’s scientific committee, said: “Our need for environmental technology is not only based on economic needs alone but is vital for the protection of human health, and to preserve natural resources for future generations.”


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.