DiplomaticQuarter: Indonesian Embassy hosts fest to promote rice products in Saudi Arabia

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Djoko Sulastomo, head of economic affairs at the Indonesian Embassy, with representatives from Al Jazeera Supermarket at the fest. (Supplied)
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Indonesia and Saudi Arabia share strong trade relations. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 October 2021

DiplomaticQuarter: Indonesian Embassy hosts fest to promote rice products in Saudi Arabia

DiplomaticQuarter: Indonesian Embassy hosts fest to promote rice products in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh hosted a rice festival to promote their rice products in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian businessmen, importers, representatives of supermarkets, hypermarkets, and restaurant owners attended the “Indonesia Rice Festival” organized by the Embassy.

“This is to show to the local public that they also have the option to use Indonesian rice for their daily dishes, in addition to the basmati rice they are using every day,” said Arief Hidayat, the acting Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

The event promoted various Indonesian rice products, ranging from long grain aromatic types to organic premium red and white rice.

Guests were also served typical local dishes such as kabsa and biryani, which were made using Indonesian rice.

They were also treated to a virtual business meeting between Indonesian rice exporters — namely Food Station and Bulog Indonesia — with the Saudi Arabian businessmen who were interested in exploring new business opportunities.

The local importers expressed their interest by inquiring about the price offered, the minimum order quantity and the possibility of in-house branding with rice from Indonesia.

According to figures provided by the embassy, the Kingdom imported 1.5 million tons of rice in 2020.

The countries supplying the most rice to Saudi Arabia are India (1.2 million tons), Pakistan (127,000), the US (113,000), Vietnam (32,000), and Thailand (31,000).

The Asian rice-eating population in Saudi Arabia is mostly expats from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

“Assuming each person consumes 150 grams per day, then the potential consumption of Asian rice is 76,000 tons per year. Given that Indonesia’s rice production had a surplus in 2020 of 4.64 million tons, Saudi Arabia is one of the potential markets for Indonesian rice,” said the embassy in a statement.

“Indonesian rice is getting ready to enter the Saudi market,” it added.

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia share strong trade relations. The Kingdom ranks 23rd among Indonesia’s export destinations and is among its top 10 import markets, with a total trade value of $4.61 billion between January and November 2019.


DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library

DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library
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DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library

DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library

RIYADH: Ambassador of Peru José Luis Salinas Montes praised the great scientific and cultural patrimony of Riyadh’s King Fahd National Library in a recent visit.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Peruvian Embassy said: “On Oct. 25, Peru’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia delivered to the secretary-general of the King Fahd National Library a set of works representing our culture and discussed the possibilities of cultural cooperation with that institution.
“Our Saudi friends will now be able to learn a little more about Peru and its literary, artistic and intellectual heritage. Culture is the best way to bring peoples closer together and strengthen bonds of friendship,” it added.
The library’s Secretary-General Dr. Mansour A. Al-Zamil, who recently received the Peruvian ambassador and his accompanying delegation, said that the King Fahd National Library is an important destination for ambassadors to learn about the history and culture of Saudi Arabia.
Throughout the tour, the ambassador learned about the library’s goals and cultural and scientific activities. He also visited the exhibition of national documents and paintings by Saudi artists, as well as the public halls, studies department, reference services, and Kingdom Information Center.
At the end of the visit, gifts were exchanged, with Al-Zamil presenting the ambassador with a commemorative shield and some publications.


Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market

Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market
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Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market

Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market
  • Meanwhile, Nigeria's president left Madinah heading to Jeddah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman held talks with Nigerian Minister State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva in the capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday.
During the meeting, they discussed the global oil market, and strengthening joint cooperation among the OPEC countries to maintain market stability.
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left Madinah on Wednesday heading to Jeddah, after he visited and performed prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Madinah for Jeddah after visiting the Prophet’s Mosque on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (SPA)

 


Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries

Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries
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Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries

Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries

RIYADH: The Regional Commission for Fisheries of the Food and Agriculture Organization has elected Saudi Arabia as chair of the eleventh session, for three years, by unanimous vote.

The Kingdom is represented in the RECOFI by Dr. Ali Al-Sheikhi, CEO of the National Fisheries Development Program. He also serves as director general of the General Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and as president-elect of RECOFI.

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said that the Kingdom’s election came due to its prominent role — regionally and globally — in the fishing industry and its efforts to protect the environment, and preserve the sustainability of natural and marine resources.

It said that RECOFI aims to encourage the development, conservation, management, best use of living marine resources and the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector within its work area. It also reviews economic and social aspects of the fishing industry and recommends measures to develop natural resources.

In recent years, the efforts of the Kingdom in fishery conservation have resulted in an increase in the volume of seafood production, amounting to about 85,000 tons in fisheries and 100,000 tons in aquaculture.


Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties
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Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

TIRANA: The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh met the speaker of the parliament of Albania, Lindita Nikolla, in Tirana on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Nikolla stressed the strength and the depth of the relations that bind her country with the Kingdom.

She praised the great development and openness to the world that the Kingdom enjoys thanks to the efforts of its leadership.

Nikolla hoped for further cooperation between the two countries in various fields, expressing her wish to visit Saudi Arabia soon.

She also commended the cooperation between the Islamic Sheikhdom of Albania and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance in all areas of common concern.

Al-Asheikh stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to build and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation with Albania in relation to Islamic affairs.

He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and their sincere wishes to the government and the Albanian people for greater progress and peaceful living.

He said that “the Kingdom, under its leadership, aspires to build bridges of communication and enhance means of cooperation to achieve mutual interest of both countries.

“The Kingdom’s message is clear and simple: To show that Islam is the religion of tolerance, beauty and moderation.”

On Tuesday, Albanian President Ilir Meta met the visiting Saudi minister.

During the meeting, the president praised the Kingdom’s role in supporting Albania in the most difficult situations. He also praised the great Islamic values that the Kingdom calls for and the cooperation with his country to promote them.


Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill

Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill
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Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill

Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill
  • The 36-hour exercise was one of the most complex emergency exercise organized by the IAEA in terms of the diversity of procedures
  • 76 countries and 12 international organizations participated in the ConvEx-3 exercise

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia took part in an international exercise organized by the UN nuclear watchdog agency to practice for a severe nuclear emergency.
The ConvEx-3 drill was held at the UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant on Tuesday and included 76 member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in addition to 12 international organizations, SPA reported.
The 36-hour exercise was one of the most complex emergency exercise organized by the IAEA in terms of the diversity of procedures.
The exercise tested the national system for preparedness and response to a nuclear emergency. It also highlighted the Kingdom’s capabilities to respond to this type of nuclear accident at the international level.
The event was held under the chairmanship of the General Directorate of Civil Defense.
As a result of the drill, recommendations included a number of procedures related to communication with the Saudi embassy in the UAE and foreign embassies inside the Kingdom. 
They also included tightening security measures at Al-Batha port on the Saudi-Emirati border, and intensifying operations to monitor contaminated food and goods entering and leaving through the port.