GACA preparing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics center

GACA President Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi speaks during a roundtable meeting with major UK civil aviation companies on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2018

GACA preparing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics center

JEDDAH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in cooperation with the Saudi-American Business Council, organized a roundtable meeting with major UK civil aviation companies. 

The meeting discussed the Saudi aviation sector and possible investment opportunities in it. Representatives of relevant departments at GACA met with more than 60 representatives of Saudi and British companies.

GACA President Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi delivered a speech in which he reviewed investment opportunities in the Saudi aviation sector in light of a rise in air traffic and the number of infrastructure projects being implemented.

A wide variety of investment opportunities regarding airport operation and the provision of advanced consultancy services was discussed.

He stressed GACA’s eagerness to strengthen the Saudi civil aviation industry and harness the required capabilities to keep pace with steady growth in air transport in the Kingdom, so as to attract international companies to invest in airport infrastructure and services. 

GACA is striving to make the Kingdom a global logistics center linking three continents and receiving more than 30 million pilgrims by 2030, Al-Tamimi said.

During the meeting, companies were briefed on the development of the investment environment in the Kingdom, and on investment opportunities in the aviation sector. 

UK ‘to decide on Huawei 5G next week’

Tensions have been rising between the UK and US over Huawei. (AFP)
Updated 57 min 14 sec ago

UK ‘to decide on Huawei 5G next week’

  • Chinese tech giant expected to be permitted to develop country’s 5G network

LONDON: The UK is expected to announce next week whether to allow China’s Huawei to develop its 5G network, an official said on Friday, setting out reasons for agreeing despite opposition from the White House.

The official said the decision had not yet been taken but that it was likely to be next week.
There had been speculation that the UK would allow Huawei into “non-core” elements of the next-generation 5G mobile networks, such as antennae and base stations attached to masts and roofs.
The US has banned Huawei from the rollout of its 5G network because of concerns — strongly denied — that the firm could be under the control of Beijing.
Washington has been lobbying London to do the same, even threatening to limit intelligence sharing between the two allies if Downing Street goes its own way.
The UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said this week that a decision would be made “soon,” adding that many factors were being considered.
These included “the availability of other providers” and “the work that Huawei has already done in the UK,” she said.
The senior official said that London — unlike Washington — had been using Huawei technology across national systems for the past 15 years.
Security agencies believe they have managed the risk so far and will be able to do so with the 5G network, the official said.
Banning Huawei entirely could also cost “billions” of pounds and delay the rollout of 5G and full-fiber broadband, the official said.
There is also a problem in that few other firms have the technology that Huawei does.
The company provides the least expensive and most advanced alternative for super-fast data transfers behind technologies such as self-driving cars and remotely operated factory robots.
“There is a market failure here,” the official said, adding that while this could be addressed in the future, for now “we are where we are.”
The UK’s debate about Huawei has dragged on for more than a year, amid intense political turmoil over its exit from the EU.
Brexit day is now set for Jan. 31.