Four Iraqi policemen wounded in Kirkuk attack

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Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Four Iraqi policemen were wounded on Thursday in an attack by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk province, according to a security source.

The source told Alsumaria News that a Federal Police patrol became under fire from Islamic State militants in Theybat, al-Rashad, southwest of Kirkuk, leading to the mild injury of four personnel.

Earlier on Thursday, security sources said Islamic State militants killed a man in front of his family, torched and blew up the homes of other civilians, accusing all of collaborating with security forces.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants in December 2017, ending a three-year military campaign against the group to retake areas they had occupied to proclaim a self-styled “caliphate”.

But even after Iraq declared that the militants lost their territorial influence, the group seems to continue to represent a security concern, launching several attacks against security and civilians and causing several death.

Iraqi security forces seized back Kirkuk’s government facilities and oil fields from Kurdish Peshmerga forces last October in response to a poll by Kurdistan Region in which a majority voted for independence from Iraq. But recent reports have told of U.S. efforts to mediate between the Iraqi government and Erbil for the return of Peshmerga troops to the province to toughen security measures.

 

Source :  Iraqi News

Iraq reiterates tight measures taken on borders with Syria, in wake of U.S. threats

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Anbar (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi government has stressed that all security measures are taken to face dangers that could result from the crises in Syria.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website on Thursday, Mohamed al-Bayati, head of the security committee of Nineveh provincial council, said, “Factions of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Iraqi army and the border troops are deployed in the regions in the province that stretch along borders with Syria. Dormant cells of Islamic State are followed on a daily basis in the desert regions.”

Bayati indicated that border areas are highly secured, saying that plans are drawn to secure al-Jazirah region, which link between three provinces. “Thus it needs more deployment, fearing what could result from the U.S. threats or Islamic State members who could sneak into Iraq.”

On Wednesday, Saad al-Hadithi, spokesperson for the Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, was quoted as saying that Iraqi troops at the northern borders of Iraq have been on high alert to confront any attacks that could come from Syria.

Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria, lambasting Russia for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

During a speech on Tuesday, Abadi stressed that measures have been taken to protect borders with Syria, saying that Islamic State will not be able to penetrate into Iraq once again.

The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

 

Source :  Iraqi News

UAE labour law: Workplace rights every woman must know

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Filed on April 12, 2018

A look at the important aspects of the law related to working women in the UAE.

Women workforce in the UAE have certain rights which they should equip themselves with to avoid exploitation at workplace. The UAE Labour Law lays down special provisions relating to the working hours and conditions of women employees.

Let’s take a look at the important aspects of the law related to working women in the country.

Night shit rules:  Women in UAE may not work after 10 pm, except …

Article 27 and Article 28 of the Employment Law deals with employment of women and night shifts, which reads as:

Article 27:

Women may not be employed at night . The word ‘night’ shall mean a period of eleven consecutive hours at least including the period from 10pm until 7am

Article 28:

However, Article 28 provides for an exception to the forgoing:

“The following cases shall be excepted from the clause prohibiting women to work at night.

a)    In the event where the work in the establishment is stopped due to force majeure.

b)    Work in responsible managerial and technical jobs.

c)    Work in medical and other services as may be decided by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs if the working woman does not normally carry out a manual job.”

Article 29: Safety at workplace

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide basic amenities or arrange for basic facilities in the work place. Your employer should advise its clients to provide basic amenities and facilities while its employees go to their location to perform their work. Further, an employer must take extra precautions regarding the safety of women and provide for their sanitation and amenities.

This is in accordance with Article 29 of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regulating Employment Relations in the UAE (the “Employment Law'”), which states:

“No women shall be employed on any job that is dangerous, arduous or detrimental to health or morals or on any other operations specified by order of the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) after consulting the competent authorities.”

Article 30Maternity, childcare leave

A female employee is eligible for 45 days of maternity leave upon completion of one year of employment with the employer; and half of the pay if she has not completed one year of employment. This is in accordance with article 30 of the federal law no. 8 of 1980 regulating employment relations in the UAE (the ‘Employment Law’). It states: “A female employee shall be entitled to maternity leave with full pay for a period of 45 days, including the period preceding and the period following her confinement, on condition that she has been in her employer’s service for a continuous period of not less than one year. If she has not completed the aforesaid period of service, he shall be entitled to maternity leave with half pay.

Read: New rules in Dubai for maternity, childcare leave

On the expiry of her maternity leave, a female employee may be absent from her work without pay for a maximum period of 100 consecutive or non-consecutive days, if such absence is due to an illness preventing her from resuming her work and if the illness is confirmed by a medical certificate issued by the medical service specified by the competent health authority; or if the latter authority confirms that the illness as caused by the women’s work or confinement.

‘The leave provided for in the preceding two paragraphs shall not be deducted from other period of leave’.

Article 31: Nurseries in public offices 

In addition to the prescribed rest period, according to Article 31: “A working woman nursing her baby is entitled to two additional 30-minute breaks everyday for 18 months after the birth of her baby. These additional breaks are considered part of her working hours and no deduction in wages can be made. At the end of maternity leave, private sector employees have the right to extend maternity leave, with a maximum of 10 days without pay. This additional leave can be continuous or interrupted – if caused by illness which must be confirmed to the employer by a certified government physician.

Article 32:  Equal wages for women and men

This is in accordance with Article 29 which states: “The female worker shall be granted a wage equal to that of the man should she be performing the same work.”

A law that will ensure equal wages for women and men has been approved by the UAE Cabinet on Tuesday, April 10. The ‘law on equal wages and salaries for men and women‘ will ensure that women have equal opportunities as partners in the UAE’s development. It will also empower women to lead future national strategies and ambitious projects, it was announced.

The Cabinet’s approval of the law is in line with the government’s objective to ensure the protection of women’s rights and support their role in the national development process.

Article 94:  Cleanliness and ventilation for women employees

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure perfect cleanliness and ventilation in each workplace. Further, the employer shall provide proper toilet facilities for its employees. This is in accordance with Article 94 of the Employment Law, which states: “Without prejudice to the provisions of the regulations and orders issued by the competent government authorities, an employer shall ensure perfect cleanliness and ventilation in each workplace with adequate lighting, drinking water and toilets.”

Article 101: Safety while working in remote areas

An employee is employed in remote areas the employer must take care of the facilities in such areas. This is in accordance with Article 101 of the Employment Law, which states: “Every employer employing employees in areas remote from towns and not connected with them by any normal means of transport shall provide his employees with the following services:

Adequate means of transport
Suitable living accommodation
Drinking water
Suitable food stuff
First-aid facilities
Recreation and sports facilities

The areas to which all or part of the provisions of this article apply, shall be specified by order of the MoHRE. Except in the case of food stuff, the cost of services referred to in this article “shall be defrayed by the employer and shall be entirely free of charge to the employees.” In the event your employer continues to commit a breach of the provisions of the Employment Law, you may lodge a complaint against your employer with the MoHRE.

Sourcewww.government.ae

 

The Khaleej Times

Odissi dancers to mark annual day in Dubai

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Filed on April 12, 2018 | Last updated on April 12, 2018 at 11.52 pm
Italian odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi, saswat Joshi, Vipul and amiya mishra during a Press conference to announce the Utakal Divas in Dubai on Thursday. – Supplied photo

Entry to the event, that starts from 10am to 5pm, is free for all.

A colourful evening with scintillating performance displaying the vibrancy of the Indian culture is what audience can expect today as the Odisha Samaj UAE (OSUAE), a social organisation comprising people from the Indian state of Odisha, residing in the UAE is celebrating their annual day in Dubai.

The OSUAE, in association with the Consulate-General of India, Dubai and Lasyakala, reputed dance institute of Odisha, is organising Utsav 2018 – Utkal Divas (Odisha Day) celebrations and the 10th edition of Aekalavya at the Global Indian International School, Al Barsha, Dubai. Entry to the event, that starts from 10am to 5pm, is free for all.

At a Press conference organised by the Indian Consulate in Bur Dubai, Consul-General Vipul said: “We feel happy that we are associating ourselves with this programme that is being held under the India@70 umbrella. It is a privilege to host so many internationally acclaimed artists from Odisha, especially Italian born Odissi dancer Padmashree Dr Ileana Citaristi and Odissi and Sambalpuri dancer and choreographer Saswat Joshi.

Talking about the importance of the event, Amiya Mishra, president of Odisha Samaj UAE, said: “Utkal Divas (Odisha Day) is celebrated on April 1 in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province in 1936. Here in the UAE, it is celebrated on a convenient Friday in the month of April. A splendid display of the best that Odisha has to offer in terms of dance, music, handicrafts, fashion and food is showcased on this day. Local Odia children, men and women will lead the celebrations with their performances.” Odisha Samaj is also hosting the 10thedition of ‘Aekalavya’, an initiative by Saswat Joshi as a tribute to the ‘guru-shishya parampara’ (teacher-student tradition).

Saswat has travelled to Dubai with a 12-member team which includes Odissi legend Padmashri Dr Ileana Citaristi; Anubha Sourya (Odia film actress) and Jagruti Rath (noted Odia TV personality).

“The event today would be the true celebration of Indian classical dance in a foreign land. Not only Odissi but other Indian classical dance forms will be presented on the same stage. During the event, ‘Aekalavya Samman 2018’ will be given to two prominent Indian classical dance Gurus in Dubai, Guru Nishi Singh for Kathak and Puja Unni for Bharat Natyam,” said Joshi.

saman@khaleejtimes.com

 

Source :  The Khaleej Times

Dubai Municipality’s satellite to be launched in 2019

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Filed on April 13, 2018 | Last updated on April 13, 2018 at 12.02 am
The manufacturing of the environmental satellite, which commenced in July 2017, is continuing as per schedule.- Alamy Image

The satellite has the ability to provide spatial data for the monitoring process.

DMSAT1, the Environmental Satellite of Dubai Municipality, DM, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and will be launched in Q2 of 2019, Alia Abdul Rahim Al Harmoudi, Director of the Environment Department at the DM, said.

“The manufacturing of the environmental satellite, which commenced in July 2017, is continuing as per schedule,” Al Harmoudi announced during her presentation of the latest environmental monitoring systems in DM such as the DMSAT1 Environmental Satellite and the Mobile Environment Monitoring Station at the Dubai International Exhibition for Government Achievements.

“It is one of the latest generations in the global satellite systems and represents an important step towards the future in the field of environmental monitoring. The Municipality has employed the latest environmental monitoring techniques to monitor the air pollutants and greenhouse gases causing the phenomenon.

“Climate change is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the people across the world as it threatens the sustainability of ecosystems and natural resources on Earth as well as the health and safety of communities. This satellite provides a wide range of important and multipurpose data for environmental research and studies,” she pointed out.

The Nanometric Environmental Satellite has large features covering large areas of land and sea, especially as it orbits the Earth 14 times per day and re-observes the same monitoring site within five days, she said.

“The satellite has the ability to provide spatial data for the monitoring process, even during sandstorms, which are value-added given the importance of obtaining such data in such circumstances,” she said.

As for the nature of the satellite’s technical capabilities and the data it provides, she confirmed, “One of the most important usages of the environmental satellite is the monitoring and measurement of aerosols in the atmosphere.”

This type of data provided by the satellite is important in the environmental monitoring of the pollutants, emitted to the air and that threaten the health and safety of the community. It is also associated with the studies and research on the results of exhaust emissions of vehicles, marine devices, industrial sites and dust.

Therefore, there is a high possibility of employing such data in the study and analysis of many environmental phenomena, including the phenomenon of the growth of moss and red tide, due to the ability of the satellite to cover large areas during the monitoring process, Al Harmoudi said in conclusion.

 

Source :  The Khaleej Times

Bill to help increase ACT land tax by 45 per cent over five years

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APRIL 12 2018 – 5:18PM

Daniel Burdon

Chief Minister Andrew Barr introduced a bill that will help send Treasury’s land tax revenue up an estimated 45 per cent over the five years to 2020-21 on Thursday.

The bill would extend land tax to as many as 2500 vacant rental properties in Canberra and add a .75 per cent surcharge on the tax charged to at least 189 ACT properties owned by foreign investors.

The proposals follow Mr Barr raising the fixed land tax rate by $100 and changing the way land tax was calculated on units, in the same way that has controversially raised rates for many unit owners in 2016-17.

Taken together, the changes introduced in the bill on Thursday, in addition to the changes made in the 2016-17 budget, would increase the government’s total land tax revenue by some 45 per cent from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

That compares to an estimated 38 per cent rise in general rates revenue – both residential and commercial rates – over the same period, from $451 million in 2016-17 to $627 million in 2020-21.

The 2017-18 budget review released earlier this year shows land tax rising from just $106 million in 2016-17 to $154 million in 2020-21, an average of about nine per cent a year for five years.

The changes to land tax calculations and the extra $100 on the fixed charge sent Treasury’s land tax take up 18 per cent from $106 million in 2016-17 to $130 million this fiscal.

But the proposals introduced in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday would increase that by at least another $10 million over four years, about $6 million for the vacant rental tax and about $4 million for the foreign investors’ surcharge.

Those measures would increase the territory’s total land tax revenue from $130 this year up about seven per cent to $141 million this year, with further rises of about four per cent a year for two years, to $147 million in 2018-19 and $154 million in 2019-20.

While the changes were first announced in the 2017-18 budget last June, they would not take effect until July 1 this year, if passed, and would not affect owner-occupiers in Canberra, who currently do not pay land tax.

Land tax is currently only paid on residential rental properties in the ACT, or residential land owned by a corporation or held in a trust.

It is calculated by adding the fixed annual charge of $1145  to the average unimproved value (AUV) of the land multiplied by a marginal based on the total AUV of the land.

The rising land tax revenue forms part of the government’s wider tax reform agenda, as Mr Barr’s government slowly abolishes stamp duty over 20 years, in favour of increasing and widening the land tax and rates base.

Mr Barr’s spokesman said the government believed there were at least 2500 vacant rental properties in Canberra the tax would soon be applied to, based on measuring those properties with unusually low power and water consumption over a 12 month period.

The government has estimated the number of properties owned by foreign investors, or offshore companies or trusts, at at least 189 in the ACT, based on the Foreign Investment Review Board’s 2015-16 annual report.

Mr Barr told the Assembly the foreign investors surcharge would not be applied to Canberrans who left their primary place of residence vacant while travelling overseas or to overseas citizens living permanently in their own home in the ACT.

An earlier version of this story said a 7 per cent surcharge would be added to the tax charged to ACT properties owned by foreign investors. The correct figure is .75 per cent.

Source : The Canberra Times

False flush: Company behind White King ‘flushable wipes’ fined $700k

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By Jenny Noyes

We all know that toilets are for flushing the three P’s only: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper. Anything else can pose a pricey problem for your plumbing and the planet.

But that hasn’t stopped some manufacturers of wet wipes confusing the message with claims their products, too, can simply be flushed away. One of those companies was slapped with a significant penalty on Thursday by the Federal Court for misleading advertising.

Pental Limited and Pental Products Pty Ltd is the manufacturer behind White King’s “flushable” toilet and bathroom cleaning wipes. It’s been ordered to pay penalties totalling $700,000 for making false and misleading representations about its product; namely, that it would disintegrate in the sewage system “just like toilet paper”.

Packaging and promotional materials for the White King wipes included statements like “flushable”, “Simply wipe over the hard surface of the toilet … and just flush away”, and “White King Toilet Wipes are made from a specially designed material, which will disintegrate in the sewage system when flushed, just like toilet paper”.

Those statements, the Federal Court ruled, are false.

 “These White King wipes can’t be flushed down the toilet, and Australian wastewater authorities face significant problems if they are because they can cause blockages in household and municipal sewerage systems,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

In addition to the penalties, Pental has been ordered to implement a compliance program.

Sydney Water workers at the Shellharbour sewage pumping station cleaning out a blockage of wet wipes also known as a fatberg.

Sydney Water workers at the Shellharbour sewage pumping station cleaning out a blockage of wet wipes also known as a fatberg.

Photo: Sydney Water

The move has been welcomed by water and waste management services.

Sydney Water spokesman Jackson Vernon said blockages from wipes have been an issue for several years now. “It’s costing the community millions of dollars every year to deal with the blockages these products cause in the wastewater system,” he said.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokeswoman Michelle Cull said it was a “real win” for sewers.

“We remove around 160 tonnes of wipes from our sewerage network every year. Laid end-to-end, that’s enough to stretch all the way from Brisbane to Bali.

“We spend around $1.5 million a year clearing blockages from our sewer pipes and wet wipes are a big contributing factor.”

The ACCC took action against Pental and another wipes manufacturer, Kimberly-Clark Australia, following a complaint by consumer advocacy group Choice, which gave a “Shonky Award” to Kimberly-Clark’s Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for Kids in 2015.

Sydney Water's campaign advising of the danger of disposable wet wipes.
Sydney Water’s campaign advising of the danger of disposable wet wipes.

Photo: Sydney Water

Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey said the false claims were a “grubby marketing tactic” that left “households, local councils and water services organisations having to struggle with the
cost of removing these wipes from the sewage system”.

The ACCC has separate ongoing proceedings against Kimberly-Clark.

Sydney Water is now calling on the rest of the wipes manufacturing and retail industry to include prominent ‘do not flush’ messaging on the packaging of their bathroom products.

“The international water industry has collectively committed to a position statement that all wipes and personal hygiene products should be clearly marked ‘do not flush’ and be disposed of in the bin.

“This position statement is supported by over 300 utilities and non-government organisations from 23 countries,” Mr Vernon said.

“Sydney Water hopes this judgment reinforces our message to the community that wipes should not go down toilets and drains and we support any moves by manufacturers that help in this area.”

Fairfax Media has approached Pental for comment.

Source :  The Brisbane Times

Etihad Airways ending Abu Dhabi-Perth flights from October 1

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A file image of Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 A6-BLI at Perth Airport. (Keith Anderson)

Etihad Airways will cease nonstop flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi from October 1 2018.

The end of its daily Perth flights will leave Etihad Airways with services to three Australian destinations – Brisbane (daily with Boeing 787-9s), Melbourne (twice daily with 787-9s and 777-300ERs) and Sydney (twice daily with Airbus A380s).

An Etihad Airways spokesperson said the decision to drop Perth was part of an “ongoing review of network performance”.

“The cancellation of the Perth route is one of several adjustments that we are making to our network in 2018 in order to improve system profitability,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“Etihad Airways is grateful to the city of Perth and its authorities, Perth Airport, local businesses, the travel trade, and the travelling public for their partnership throughout the years of our operation.

“Along with our travel agency partners, we will work closely with impacted guests to notify them of the changes to their itineraries and re-accommodate them on alternative flights.”

Etihad Airways began flying to Perth in 2014 with Airbus A330-200s, before upgauging the service to Boeing 787-9 equipment in 2016.

In 2015, the airline said it had been “thrilled” with the performance of its Perth-Abu Dhabi flights.

However, in recent years there has been an increase in competition from the likes of Emirates, which has boosted capacity through the use of the Airbus A380, and Qatar Airways, which began serving Perth in 2012 and also plans to use the A380 to Perth from May 2018.

And in March Qantas commenced its Perth-London Heathrow nonstop flight with Boeing 787-9s.

Further, Singapore Airlines, which competes for passengers travelling to Europe, is bolstering its offering on the Perth-Singapore from May when it deploys the 787-10 with its latest cabin products, including lie-flat beds with direct aisle access in business class on the route.

An analysis of the Australian government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) figures showed Etihad carried 86,367 passengers on its Perth-Abu Dhabi flights in the six months to January 2018.

This was down three per cent from 89,126 passengers in the prior corresponding six-month period to January 2017.

The end of nonstop flights to Perth is the latest in a series of network changes at Etihad Airways as part of efforts to improve its financial position under chief executive Tony Douglas, who took the reins in January 2018.

It is ending flights to to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam at the end of August, while service to Edinburgh, Scotland will cease in September.

Previously, the airline has also withdrawn from Dallas/Fort Worth and San Francisco, and reduced frequency on its nonstop Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles schedule.

“Etihad Airways is committed to the Australian market and continues to offer regular schedules to its key gateways across Australia through Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, all of which are major markets for the airline,” the Etihad spokesperson said.

Etihad Airways’ investments in other airlines, a hallmark of former chief executive James Hogan’s tenure as chief executive is also under the spotlight, given the collapse of airberlin and ongoing financial difficulties of Alitalia.

Etihad Airways in 2017 sold off its shareholding in Switzerland-based Darwin Airline to Slovenia-based Adria Airways.

In Australia, Etihad Airways holds a 20 per cent stake in alliance partner Virgin Australia and has a seat on the Australian carrier’s board.

Its other airline investments include India’s Jet Airways, Air Seychelles and Air Serbia.

Virgin Australia was to have started its own Abu Dhabi-Perth flights with A330-200s in 2017 but cancelled the service even before the inaugural flight took off due to what it said at the time were changes in market conditions that made the route unviable.

Source :  Australian Aviation

Houthi-fired missile intercepted over Jazan

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RIYADH — The Saudi Royal Air Defense forces intercepted on Thursday a ballistic missile that targeted the Kingdom.

Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Saudi-led Coalition forces fighting for legitimacy in Yemen, said in a statement that at around 8.20 p.m., the air defense forces of the Coalition spotted a ballistic missile being fired by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias from the Yemeni territory of Saada toward the southern city of Jazan.

The forces intercepted the missile and its debris fell on a residential district in Jazan city but there were no reports of injury or damage caused by the debris, he said.

The Saudi air defense forces had successfully downed on Wednesday two hostile drones over the southern cities of Abha and Jazan and intercepted three ballistic missiles fired toward Riyadh, Najran and Jazan by the Houthi militias from the Yemeni territories. — SG/SPA

 

Source :  Saudi Gazette

Saudi Arabia, Spain ink six pacts including defense cooperation

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Saudi Gazette report

MADRID — Saudi Arabia and Spain signed on Thursday six agreements, memoranda of understanding (MoU) and bilateral deals in the fields of defense, air transport and education. The agreements also focus on cultural, technological projects and other fields of development between the Kingdom and Spain.

The pacts were inked on the sidelines of the meeting between Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. During the meeting, they reviewed the Saudi-Spanish relations, the bilateral partnership in various fields as well as the opportunities for their development.

The Crown Prince signed with Spanish Defense Minister María Dolores Cospedal the executive summary to facilitate the necessary procedures for signing a contract to supply ships from the Spanish company Navantia to strengthen cooperation in the field of defense. Then the Crown Prince and Rajoy oversaw the signing of other agreements. These included an agreement on air transport signed by Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Qasabi and Spanish Minister of Transport Inigo Lasirena.

An executive program for cultural cooperation was signed by Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Al-Awwad and Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sports Enigo de Pigo. A MoU was inked in the field of labor and social development by Al-Qasabi and Spanish Minister of Employment and Social Security Fatima Garethia. Another MoU for scientific and technical cooperation was signed by Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Eng. Khalid Al-Falih and Spanish Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness Roman Olabaris.

The sixth agreement was for setting up joint project for development and maintenance of programs, signed by Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) Ahmed Al-Khatib and Chief Executive Officer of Navantia Esteban Garcia Vilasánchez.

SAMI and Navantia signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to create a joint venture (JV), that will manage and localize any naval combat systems activity including integration and installation. Both parties also inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) to design and build 5 Avante 2200 corvettes including Combat Management System, for the Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia.

The partnership agreement between SAMI and Navantia is expected to create 1,000 jobs with a total revenue of $8 billion by the year 2030.

Al-Khatib explained that the agreement comes in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and following the announcement of Prince Muhammad to localize 50% of the total military spending by 2030. “As one of the ambitious outcomes of the Crown Prince’s vision, SAMI is currently exploring all collaboration and localization opportunities to build a strong autonomous military industries ecosystem.”

“Navantia is committed to partnering with Saudi Arabia and determined to expand its presence in the Saudi and regional market,” Al-Khatib added.

Once operational, new joint venture (JV) will focus on program management and combat system integration and installation, system engineering, system architecture, hardware design, and software development, testing & verfication, prototyping, simulation, and modeling.

Vilasánchez said: “We are delighted to be working with our friends in Saudi Arabia, and we are proud of the trust Prince Muhammad places in Navantia, and our ability to contribute to achieving the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030 through this joint venture. The historical relationship between the two kingdoms [Spain and Saudi Arabia] dates back more than six decades, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership in support of the Kingdom’s national security and technology development needs.” — SPA/SG

Source :  Saudi Gazette