Indian ambassador in talks with Saudi Space Commission chief

Indian ambassador in talks with  Saudi Space Commission chief
Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed meets Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Space Commission, in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 04 July 2019

Indian ambassador in talks with Saudi Space Commission chief

Indian ambassador in talks with  Saudi Space Commission chief

RIYADH: India’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, has held talks with Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Space Commission, on extending bilateral cooperation in space technology.

During the discussions, the envoy said that the historic relationship between India and Saudi Arabia had been strengthened by the visits of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Riyadh in 2016 and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to India in February, 2019.

Sayeed said that the two leaders agreed to boost cooperation in the areas of space, science and technology, including remote sensing, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation. 

The envoy outlined the memorandum of understanding signed between King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 2010, and said that space cooperation is one area where India could assist the Kingdom in human resources development and technology.

Sayeed highlighted ISRO’s cost-effective indigenous technologies and achievements since its inception in 1969, including the Indian space station, and the commercial launch of satellites for foreign countries. 

Prince Sultan said since the establishment of the Saudi Space Agency, the Kingdom’s focus was on developing potential in the field by learning from nations with advanced experience in space science, such as India.

Saudi Arabia plans to build on previous efforts between KACST and its counterparts abroad, he said.


Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

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Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators
  • Results ranked Kingdom ahead of five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s progress has led to the Kingdom ranking first among G20 nations for safety, outperforming the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), international safety indicators showed on Wednesday.

The results were revealed through five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 (SDG Index 2020).

The SDG index ranked the Kingdom first among G20 nations, and ahead of the five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France — in the percentage of population who feel safe walking alone at night. Saudi Arabia also performed better than Canada within the G20 countries.

Saudi Arabia also ranked first in the reliability of police services index; an indicator which measures public confidence in law enforcement and its success in achieving order and safety. The Kingdom topped the G20, and surpassed the five permanent UNSC members in this index as well.

The Kingdom also outperformed the five UNSC countries in an index measuring the effectiveness of combating organized crime, as stated by the Global Competitiveness Report 2019. Saudi Arabia came in second in the same index among G20 nations.

The Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum also showed that the Kingdom advanced three positions, now ranking 36 globally in international competitiveness.

The report pointed out the Kingdom’s energetic steps forward to diversify its economy, with expectations of growth in the non-oil sector. The report also discussed the emergence of more investments outside the mining industry within the public and private sectors in the next few years.

The report commended the Kingdom's strong determination to undertake structural reforms, its widespread adoption of communication technology, and its high potential for innovation, especially in terms of patent registration.