Ahmed Al-Hakbani, governor of Saudi Customs

Ahmed Al-Hakbani
Updated 05 October 2019

Ahmed Al-Hakbani, governor of Saudi Customs

  • Al-Hakbani earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from King Saud University in 2000
  • His career began at Microsoft as a technical account manager from 2000 to 2004

Ahmed Al-Hakbani has been governor of Saudi Customs since January 2017.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from King Saud University in 2000, and his master’s degree in strategy, economics and international business from INSEAD in France.

From 2011 to 2012, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also attended the IMD Business School in 2015.

His career began at Microsoft as a technical account manager from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, he served as a business development manager for Cisco Systems, and two years later he became an IT and strategy adviser to the deputy minister of planning and IT, in a freelance capacity.

Al-Hakbani was a transformation director and freelance consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013. He also served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and industry and a director general of international communication in that ministry between 2014 and late 2015, and he served as deputy minister of foreign trade in 2016.

Saudi Customs is participating in the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

During his speech, Al-Haqbani reviewed various stages of the Kingdom’s transformation under the ambitious plans of Saudi Vision 2030.

The first step for Saudi Customs, he explained, is to become the best regional customs service, contributing to the Kingdom’s vision of becoming a global platform for logistical services, and raising economic competitiveness.


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.