Germany lends all out support to Vision 2030

German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller, left, and Detasad CEO Felix T. Wass.
Updated 30 May 2017

Germany lends all out support to Vision 2030

RIYADH: Building on its long years of partnership with the Kingdom, German companies have taken significant steps in supporting the delivery of Vision 2030, said German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller, here Saturday.
He said, “Eight MoUs were signed by the two countries during the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Kingdom recently.”
“These agreements supplemented and supported by the high-tech German companies like Detecon Al Saudia Co. (Detasad) will go a long way in achieving the targets set by Vision 2030,” said Haller while delivering his inaugural speech at a glittering function organized by Detasad to launch the cloud computing services called “Sahaha Secure Enterprise Cloud.”
Felix T. Wass, Detasad president and chief executive officer, made a presentation about Sahaba, and presented commendation plaques to important guests. Haller and Justin Tacy, director of the DETECON Innovation Institute of the Silicon Valley in the US were presented commendation plaques by Wass. Robert Zednik, Detasad vice president, and Abdul Rahman Al-Yami, director of ICT operations, attended the launching ceremony along with diplomats, top-notch executives and IT officials of different companies.
Felix said that Detasad, a major telecommunications and IT solutions provider in the Kingdom, has launched the Sahaha Secure Enterprise Cloud, which offers cloud-computing services.
The launch of Sahaba comes within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030, a comprehensive reform plan of the Saudi government backed by Germany.
Felix also said that Detasad is a prime example of Saudi-German partnership with FAL Holding and Detecon International, a Deutsche Telekom Group Company, as shareholders. He said that Sahaba offers community cloud services for premium customers, enterprise level security, high performance, data center, disaster recovery and outstanding support.
Felix, while speaking about the Saudi reform plan, said: “We aim to be a key contributor to the achievement of the ambitious plans of Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.”
He said “the Sahaba secure enterprise cloud is an OpenStack based cloud solution developed in a strategic partnership between Detasad and RedHat on a Dell reference architecture.”
“The adoption of Sahaba by several major Saudi companies allowed them to reduce operational costs, increase their agility and together with Detasad professional services reduced deployment times for new applications significantly while ensuring that all data remains in the Kingdom,” he added.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 43 min 34 sec ago

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.