Saudi-Japan business council discusses cooperation

Members of the Saudi-Japan Business Council participate in a forum in Riyadh in this picture taken last January. (SPA file)
Updated 27 November 2018

Saudi-Japan business council discusses cooperation

  • The value of trade between Saudi Arabia and Japan reached about $32 billion last year

JEDDAH: The 17th Saudi-Japanese Business Council Forum started on Monday in Tokyo, bringing together businessmen from both countries to discuss cooperation in health, technology and education, as well as investment between the private and public sector.

The first session of the event — which is organized by the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East, the Council of Saudi Chambers, and the Saudi Embassy in Japan — was led by the co-chairs of the joint council, Tariq Al-Qahtani and Hiroshi Saito.

Saito said that the governments of the two nations have been working together to achieve the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and are cooperating in a number of fields including information technology and small businesses.

Al-Qahtani said that the Council of Saudi Chambers and the business sector in the Kingdom is working to achieve the mission of the joint council in terms of promoting trade, investment and economic cooperation between the two countries.

He added out that Saudi-Japanese relations have undergone important developments recently in a number of economic fields, the most important of which was the establishment of the business council. It has already significantly contributed to the development of bilateral economic relations by helping to enhance investment and trade between the two countries and guide them towards building a strategic relationship that focuses on the economy by diversifying and increasing trade, deepening communication and mutual cooperation channels, and intensifying joint investments in transfer technology and Japanese discoveries.

Al-Qahtani said that the value of trade between Saudi Arabia and Japan reached about $32 billion last year. He added that the role of the business council is to increase the Japanese activity in the Kingdom in the fields of education and technology training, and extend cooperation between the countries in the fields of small and medium enterprises.

He urged the Japanese to seize the investment opportunities available in Saudi Arabia, in particular projects in the agriculture, health, oil and gas, mining, power-generation and industrial sectors.

Mohammed bin Fuad Justaniah, the charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Japan, said that the embassy is making every effort to serve the common interests of the two countries and achieve the objectives of the forum, in a bid to strengthen economic relations.

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

AL-AHSA: The creative and cultural achievements of Al-Ahsa Oasis were highlighted by its mayor at a UNESCO meeting in Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Al-Ahsa is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, while also housing prominent archaeological and historical sites.

Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim, head of the Saudi Creative Al-Ahsa delegation to the annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network held in Kanazawa, Japan, provided a detailed presentation on Al-Ahsa’s achievements such as becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018, becoming a member of the Creative Cities Network in the field of handicrafts and folk arts in 2015, and being named as Arab Tourism Capital for 2019 by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism.

The meeting was attended by Mayor of Kanazawa Yukiyoshi Yamano, along with representatives from 30 countries.

Al-Mulhim reviewed projects and events in Al-Ahsa aimed at promoting cultural activities in line with the creative network’s objectives, which include making cities safer and more sustainable. 

Saudi artists perform a dance number during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Povince of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

He said government support for Al-Ahsa’s heritage and creative sectors had led to a increased public awareness about the importance of culture and creativity in shaping a sustainable city, and achieving the goals of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to emphasize the role of culture in sustainable urban development.

Al-Mulhim said that Al-Ahsa had several elements that qualified it as a member of the network, a first for the Kingdom and Gulf Cooperation Council states.

“These elements include the cultural depth of Al-Ahsa in the Arabian Gulf region, owning a rich heritage of crafts and folklore, its environmental and social diversity, and having the required infrastructure to actively participate in national, regional and international events,” he told the meeting.