RIYADH: Several Chinese firms will now be able to practice logistics activities in Saudi Arabia thanks to licenses granted amid the signing of several new joint agreements.
Saudi Transport and Logistics Services Minister Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, accompanied by a high-level delegation, held a series of meetings on the sidelines of the opening of the Global Sustainable Transport Forum with leaders of major companies in the Chinese capital, Beijing, to propel partnership in the sector.
This falls in line with the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics Services, which aims to further cement Saudi Arabia’s position as an international logistics center and a hub connecting three continents.
The meetings were held with officials from KERRY, Sinotrans Almajdouie, and JDL. Also in attendance were leaders from Alibaba Cainiao Group, J&T Express, and iMile.
During the discussions, the minister listened to matters related to the companies, including expected challenges and how to further facilitate their business in the Kingdom.
In addition, Al-Jasser and acting chairman of the Saudi Public Transport Authority, Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, signed an agreement with Alibaba Cainiao Group to provide short address services.
These are unique codes used when the traditional location finder information is too long.
Saudi Arabia’s eco-friendly transport plans are a vital part of the Kingdom’s drive to reduce global carbon emissions by 4 percent, said a government official on Tuesday.
Speaking at the forum earlier this week, Al-Jasser stressed that sustainability is a fundamental element of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The minister underscored Saudi Arabia’s commitment to environmental responsibility had been seamlessly incorporated into the transport and logistics sector through the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics.
The plan includes reducing carbon emissions per person by 2 percent annually, increasing sustainable mobility, electrifying transportation, and implementing them across the logistics value chain.
According to Al-Ekhbariya, the minister also emphasized that cooperation, innovation, and the exchange of best practices create the foundation for achieving common goals.