Bahri reaffirms commitment to Saudi railway sector

Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser with Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, at The Railway Forum in Riyadh organized by the Saudi Railways Company.
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Updated 09 February 2020

Bahri reaffirms commitment to Saudi railway sector

Bahri, a Saudi provider of logistics and transportation services, recently participated in The Railway Forum in Riyadh, organized by the Saudi Railways Company (SAR) in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, from Jan. 28 to 29. Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, inaugurated the two-day event, held under the patronage of King Salman, in the presence of key ministers and dignitaries.

Bahri’s participation in the forum came as part of its ongoing initiatives aimed at contributing to the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to transform the Kingdom into a unique regional and global logistics hub and international transportation gateway to three continents, namely Asia, Europe, and Africa. Bahri Logistics, one of five business units of Bahri, showcased its extensive portfolio of technology-driven logistics and rail freight solutions at the forum. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, delivered a keynote address as part of a panel titled “Logistics Railway Benefits” at the forum. The industry veteran highlighted the significance of developing an integrated transportation network and a sustainable logistics system to enable the Kingdom to seize future opportunities in both domestic and international trade and commerce. He also shed light on Bahri’s role in building a robust logistics and transportation sector in Saudi Arabia.

Aldubaikhi commended the Saudi government’s numerous achievements toward realizing its vision to become a leading logistics and transportation hub, including the establishment of a strong railway infrastructure connecting the center, north and east of the country and simplified customs clearance procedures, among others. 

“Saudi Arabia’s railway sector has been experiencing rapid growth in the past few years on the back of increased investment in infrastructure and a steady rise in passenger and freight volumes. The country’s keen focus on capitalizing on its strategic geographic advantage to emerge as a global hub of logistics and transportation as envisaged in Saudi Vision 2030 will catalyze the further development of the sector and promises many exciting investment and commercial opportunities for local and foreign investors. With its unmatched total logistics capabilities and strong partnership with SAR, Bahri is competitively positioned to seize these opportunities and remain at the forefront of the Kingdom’s ambitious transformation,” Aldubaikhi said. 

Bahri has partnered with SAR to provide global logistics support, including customs clearance and consultancy services.

 The total logistics solutions provider has been offering transportation and shipping services for all types of cargo as well as an electronic system to track all shipments from the country of origin to the final destination since 2017.

One of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, Bahri Logistics owns and operates a fleet of six state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels on a regular liner schedule, with each having a capacity of 26,000 DWT and designed to carry different types of cargos in a single voyage.

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Updated 21 September 2020

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Speakers and experts at an international conference revealed that an estimated 1 million jobs are expected to be created in the Kingdom over the next five years, due to the acceleration of digital transformation in several industries and sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser, chief executive of the STC Group and head of the Digital Transformation Working Group of the Saudi B20 business group, participated in an interactive session titled “Digital Transformation: The Future After the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was held recently and included the participation of representatives from the B20 business group in 20 countries.

Al-Nasser explained that future jobs will depend entirely on technology and innovation, noting the gender disparity in the field of technology. It is therefore significant to empower women entrepreneurs and work together with governments to create targeted employment programs, designed to involve and qualify women in the technical sector while encouraging their promotion to leadership positions.

“We need to ensure that young women receive training and guidance when they enter the job market or start their own businesses, and the Kingdom has adopted many initiatives and investments to qualify young men and women through education,” he said. “In 2019, the Kingdom allocated SR1 billion ($266 million) to support universities in preparing students for the job market.”

The Saudi B20 and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) organized a virtual meeting, where a number of key government actors and G20 members presented recommendations and exchanged experiences on future investments, digital transformation, sustainability and 5G-based digital solutions.

The Saudi business group is committed to providing recommendations that promote the implementation of robust policies through transparent dialogue and constructive cooperation with all relevant parties, supported by a group of international organizations that act as knowledge and communication experts. It is the official platform of the business community at the G20 summit, and plays a representative role for the private sector before the group.

Maadad Al-Ajmi, head of the working group of the B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity and Compliance and vice president and general counsel for legal affairs at STC, participated in a session dedicated to compliance and integrity. Nasser Al-Jareed, head of the Workers’ Communication Group of the B20 and director of the Workers’ Committees Support Program at STC, was also a participant.

The Kingdom has taken qualitative steps toward ensuring a speedy development toward digital transformation through the adoption of state-of-the-art telecommunications and ICT technology, thereby facilitating the transformation toward a knowledge economy and e-commerce. These efforts ultimately aim to achieve higher satisfaction rates and quality of living for both citizens and residents, facilitating their everyday lives.