Saudi Arabia hosts ‘Sustainable Marine Development’ conference with IMO

“Sustainable Marine Development Towards 2030 and Beyond” conference will be held in Jeddah from November 5. (SPA)
Updated 06 November 2019

Saudi Arabia hosts ‘Sustainable Marine Development’ conference with IMO

  • Conference will take place in Jeddah
  • Saudi Arabia occupies a strategic location between three continents

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host an international conference between Nov. 5 and 8 titled “Sustainable Marine Development Towards 2030 and Beyond,” organized by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

It will take place at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel and will be attended by Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, chairman of the PTA, Kitack Lim, secretary-general of the IMO, members of the organization and leaders of the maritime sector in the Kingdom.

Al-Rumaih stressed the importance of the support of the Kingdom’s leadership to the transport industry and maritime transport, noting that it has had a great impact on enhancing Saudi Arabia’s leading position on the international arena, as it ranks 23rd of 174 members in the IMO.

He added that the Saudi maritime fleet comprises 368 tankers and vessels, and plays a major role in the industry, which 90 percent of global trade relies on. This, he said, boosts the Kingdom’s leading role worldwide and its establishment as a leading logistic center.

Al-Rumaih pointed out that Saudi Arabia is proud of its permanent membership and pioneering partnership with the IMO and the organization of this important international conference for the first time in the Kingdom.

He said that the Kingdom’s leading position due its strategic location between three continents, and its outlook on the coasts of the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, a channel through which 13 percent of the world’s trade passes.

He closed his remarks by saying that the PTA, as the maritime authority regulating the transport industry in the Kingdom, is proud to host IMO member states to discuss the best ways to achieve sustainability in the shipping industry.

Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

Updated 25 min 34 sec ago

Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.