Saudi Arabia launches National Transport and Logistics Strategy

Saudi Arabia launches National Transport and Logistics Strategy
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Updated 01 July 2021

Saudi Arabia launches National Transport and Logistics Strategy

Saudi Arabia launches National Transport and Logistics Strategy
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced details of the ambitious program, which aims to position the Kingdom as a global logistics hub
  • ‘It will enhance the connection with the global economy,” he said, and help to diversify ‘our economy by establishing an advanced logistics-services industry’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday launched his country’s National Transport and Logistics Strategy.

The comprehensive program aims to position the Kingdom as a global logistics hub connecting three continents, and improve all transport services in support of Saudi Vision 2030.

A host of game-changing projects are planned to help achieve the strategy’s economic and social goals, along with improved governance to enhance the work of the organizations involved. It also reflects the renaming of the Ministry of Transport as the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services.

“This strategy will strengthen human and technical capabilities in the transport and logistics sector in the Kingdom,” the crown price said.

“It will enhance the connection with the global economy and enable our country to invest its geographical position, in the middle of three continents, in diversifying our economy by establishing an advanced logistics-services industry, building high-quality systems of services, and applying competitive business models to enhance productivity and sustainability in the logistics sector.

“Transport and logistics are a major focus of the programs of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and a vital enabling factor for economic sectors toward sustainable development.”

He added that areas covered by the strategy include the development of infrastructure, the launch of a number of platforms and logistics zones in the Kingdom, the implementation of advanced operating models and systems, and the building and enhancement of effective partnerships between the government and the private sector.

It has four main goals: to transform Saudi Arabia into a logistics hub; boost the quality of life across the country; enhance fiscal sustainability; and improve the performance of public entities. Crown Prince Mohammed said that the strategy also aims to move Saudi Arabia into fifth place globally in terms of number of transit passengers, increase the number of international destinations served by the country to more than 250, and launch a new national air carrier. The successful implementation of these projects will help other sectors, such as Hajj, Umrah and tourism, to achieve their own goals for improvement and growth.

The new strategy also seeks to improve the capabilities of the air cargo sector by doubling its capacity to more than 4.5 million tons.

Regarding the plans for maritime transport, the crown prince said: “The strategy enables us to reach a capacity of more than 40 million containers annually.” He added that it includes associated investments in developing port infrastructure and enhancing integration with the logistics sector, as well as expanding connectivity with international shipping lines and improving integration with rail and road networks, which will contribute “to improving the efficiency of the transport ecosystem and its economics.”

He said that the Kingdom’s railways currently provide passenger and freight services through a network of 5,330 kilometers of track, 450km of which is the Haramain high-speed railway between Mecca and Madinah, the largest high-speed transport project in the region.

The new strategy will increase the total length of the rail network to an estimated 8,080km. It includes a “land bridge” project that will span more than 1,300km and connect the Kingdom’s ports on the coast of the Arabian Gulf with those on the Red Sea coast. It will have the capacity to transport more than 3 million passengers and 50 million tons of freight annually, opening up new opportunities in the areas it passes through.

It is hoped that it will improve the Kingdom’s logistics performance index so that it ranks among the top 10 countries in the world. By providing an open market for operators and investors in railways, it aims to encourage interconnection between Arab Gulf states and position the Kingdom as an influential force in the regional and international transport economies.

The crown prince stressed that the strategy builds on important existing pillars, such as the Kingdom’s road network, which provides a high level of connectivity that compares well with global benchmarks.

The new strategy aims to position the Kingdom among the most advanced countries in terms of road quality and safety. To achieve this, it includes initiatives designed to reduce the number of road-traffic accidents, implement the best global practices, achieve efficient connectivity, and develop public transport in Saudi cities.

In addition there are environmental goals, including enhanced sustainability, a reduction in fuel consumption by 25 percent, and the provision of smart solutions to transport challenges through the adoption of cutting-edge and innovative global technologies.

One of the main objectives of the strategy, the crown prince noted, is to increase the contribution of the transport and logistics sector to national gross domestic product from the current 6 percent to 10 percent. This will help to fuel business growth, expand investments, and increase the sector’s non-oil revenues to about SR 45 billion ($12 billion) a year by 2030, he said.

“We are proud of the achievements made under the leadership of (King Salman),” said the crown prince. “And we plan to move forward to achieve more leaps that benefit our country and advance its leading position in the world by increasing efforts and achieving more successes supported by our highly ambitious people.

“We are all confident in our ability to achieve national goals following the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision.”


King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general

King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general
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King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general

King Salman receives telephone call from UN secretary general

RIYADH: King Salman received a telephone call from the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Saturday.

During the call, Guterres welcomed the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives, and praised initiatives announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Saudi Green Initiative forum held in Riyadh.

Guterres said he considered the initiatives a major step in protecting the environment and facing the challenges of climate change.

The king thanked the secretary general and praised UN efforts in confronting climate change, and steps taken by the organization to reduce the phenomenon’s environmental and economic effects.

King Salman also stressed the Kingdom's interest in environmental issues, clean energy and climate change as part of Vision 2030.


Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work

Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work
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Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work

Experts take part in hackathon to provide technical solutions for charity work
  • The event was hosted by the Charitable Committee for Orphan Care Ensan and was aimed at developing charity work in modern ways
  • Prizes amounting to SR300,000 ($80,000) were awarded

RIYADH: Hundreds of experts took part in an innovation hackathon to provide technical solutions for charitable work.

The event was hosted by the Charitable Committee for Orphan Care, Ensan, and was aimed at developing charity work in modern ways, helping specialists and stakeholders to improve performance in ways that would be reflected in the quality of life for beneficiaries and the provision of services.

It sought to raise the efficiency of charity workers and improve their performance, harness technology to facilitate the lives of orphans, and develop technical solutions to raise financial revenues for charitable societies.

It also sought to develop knowledge management through the exchange of data and information, and employing modern technology in the work of charitable societies.

Another aim was to create solutions to help the government and private sectors to adopt and sponsor technical projects that could be supported in the charity sector to bridge any technology gaps.

The hackathon also sought to enhance the role of the semi-government and private sectors in the field of social responsibility.

Prizes amounting to SR300,000 ($80,000) were awarded and the winners were nominated by a committee consisting of 12 judges, 15 mentors in various technical fields, and specialists from the charity sector.

Team Arshad won first place and received a financial prize of SR120,000. Team “Liyabqa” came in second place, winning SR80,000. 

Team Mu’awan came in third place and received SR45,000, the “In Lans” team came fourth and received SR35,000, while team “Kafu” placed fifth and received SR20,000.


Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 23 October 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 2 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced two deaths from COVID-19 and 43 new infections on Saturday.

Of the new cases, 13 were recorded in Riyadh, eight in Jeddah, two in Buraidah, two in Madinah, two in Makkah, and two in Dhahran. Several other cities recorded one new case each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 537,246 after 38 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,776 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 45 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks
Updated 23 October 2021

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks

Saudi Arabia welcomes UN Security Council's condemnation of Houthi attacks
  • The state-run news agency said the condemnation represents the Security Council’s commitment to the crisis in Yemen

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia welcomed Saturday a statement by the UN Security Council condemning attacks by the Houthi militia against the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The state-run news agency said the condemnation represents the Security Council’s commitment to the crisis in Yemen and recognizes the importance of resolving this conflict politically.

This would contain the crisis’ negative repercussions caused by the Houthis’ rejection of calls for a ceasefire and the lack of positive engagement in political negotiations that would lead to the return of security and stability in Yemen, SPA said.

 

 


Saudi Green Initiative forum

Saudi Green Initiative forum
Updated 23 October 2021

Saudi Green Initiative forum

Saudi Green Initiative forum

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman opened the Saudi Green Initiative forum in Riyadh place on Saturday, announcing the Kingdom’s new “green” objectives.

The forum will discuss Saudi Arabia's environmental efforts with guests that include high-profile government leaders and international personalities.

"We announce in this Forum the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's roadmap for protecting the environment and confronting climate change. This annual forum will serve as a platform to launch our new environmental initiatives and monitor the impact of the previously announced ones," the Crown Prince said. 

"I am pleased to launch initiatives in the energy sector that will reduce carbon emissions by (278) million tons annually by 2030, thus voluntarily more than doubling the target announced, estimated at (130) million tons annually," he added.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also announced the Kingdom's accession to the Global Methane Pledge, "which aims to reduce methane emissions globally by 30 percent."

The Crown Prince also announced Saudi Arabia’s intention to join the Global Oceans Alliance, the Alliance to Eliminate Plastic Waste in Oceans and Beaches, the Sports for Climate Action Agreement, and to establish a global center for Sustainable Tourism, and a Non-Profit foundation to explore the seas and oceans.

"I look forward to the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, which we will host the day after tomorrow, with the aim of synergizing and coordinating efforts among the countries of the region to develop the plans necessary to reach the Middle East Green Initiative target," he concluded. 

12:54 p.m. KSA

Tony Chan, president of KAUST, calls for more partnerships, and collaboration between the public and private sectors to achieve environmental objectives.

 "We are working closely with NEOM to build one of its largest gardens," he said. 

12:41 p.m. KSA

Saudi Arabia has a big opportunity to be leader in the future of the ocean, said World OceanCouncil CEO Paul Holthus, adding that Aramco is one of the biggest ocean-related companies in world.

11:42 a.m. KSA 

 

Prince Charles says we have already seen great progress, which the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives will accelerate.

"We now have dangerously narrow window of opportunity to accelerate climate change action," Prince Charles said.

11:20 a.m. KSA 

Saudi environment minister says the Kingdom will use 50 million hectares for planting the 10 billion trees target under the Saudi Green Initiative.

 

 

The Crown Prince increased the percentage of protected land from 16 percent to 20 percent under the Saudi Green Initiative, the enviroment minister said. 

10:44 a.m. KSA

The UAE's Sultan Al-Jaber says the world is entering an oil supply crunch.

 

10:37 a.m. KSA

Executive secretary of UNFCCC says Kingdom targets are very powerful figures ahead of COP26.

 "It sends very powerful signal at the right moment," Patricia Espinosa said. 

10:25 a.m. KSA 

Saudi energy minister says the Kingdom’s youth will play a big role in the Saudi Green Initiative.

 "They are determined to make their own future," he told the forum.