KSA green technology patents up 58%

Updated 12 November 2014

KSA green technology patents up 58%

The Kingdom increased its patents in 2013 by 58 percent for technological inventions and solutions to protect the country’s environment.
This is according to Muhammed Al-Suwaiyel, president of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), quoting a Thomson Reuters’ study. This makes Saudi Arabia one of the four leading countries for green technology development in the Middle East, he said.
“The Kingdom’s annual growth of 58 percent in patents for inventions in the field of the environment is an indicator of growing awareness and the efforts of local scientists to find solutions for local environmental issues,” Al-Suwaiyel said recently during the opening of the Saudi International Conference for Environment Technology organized by the KACST in Riyadh.
The Kingdom has displayed significant interest in environmental matters and the development and preservation of natural resources, Al-Suwaiyel said. He said this was the goal of scientists over the next five years.
The national plan for science, technology and inventions has prioritized environmental technology as key for the Kingdom’s growth, he said. He said this was particularly important because of the country’s growing population.
Speaking at the event, Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), said that 39 million cubic meters of wastewater from manufacturing 8.9 million cubic meters of desalinized water per day, is pumped into the sea.
However, the SWCC makes sure, through field research studies, that the underwater flora and fauna are not harmed by the desalination process. It also implements international environmental standards for the protection of the marine environment, he said.
Saleh Al-Rasheed, director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon), said his organization is committed to environmental protection with the use of advanced systems for air purity in the construction of the industrial cities in the country.
Muhammad Al-Shamisi, the chairman of the conference’s scientific committee, said: “Our need for environmental technology is not only based on economic needs alone but is vital for the protection of human health, and to preserve natural resources for future generations.”

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.