SAUDI ARABIA - Industry
Chairman, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu
HH Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Thonayan Al-Saud has a degree in Civil Engineering from King Saud University and is the Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu and Chairman of SABIC. He began his career in 1977 as an Engineer for Riyadh Municipality, and has also played key roles in numerous development programs, been a member of several committees formed by Royal Decree, and participated in a host of forums and scientific seminars. His Royal Highness also has a special interest in the field of social and cultural activities.
The success of Jubail and Yanbu as examples of some of the best industrial zones in the whole world can be attributed to many factors, among which are: unique government commitment and support; the application of state-of-the-art international construction and project management methods; excellent co-operation and integration with our strategic partners, such as SABIC, ARAMCO, and the Ministry of Finance, which ties us together toward one unified objective; the implementation of the city management concept; and the dedication of our professional staff. All the above factors made our mission possible. The mission is to diversify the economic base of Saudi Arabia.
As stated, we are now responsible for 12% of the Kingdom’s GDP. We shall continue to be influenced by changes in the economy and we shall continue to influence this economy through increasing our share in GDP, and I am glad to inform you that we are moving toward a new stage of industrial development through the Yanbu Economic Plan, whereby the emphasis will be on downstream industries, especially non-oil products. This shall include, but not be limited to, iron, services, and manufacturing products.
Jubail and Yanbu are, no doubt, shrines of industrial development in Saudi Arabia. They both offer a complete platform of infrastructure and service, second to none, with very competitive land-use prices and excellent links to international markets. Jubail and Yanbu are very safe working environments, in a very stable country. What else could you ask for? This is, to say the least, what brought multinational companies like ExxonMobil and Dow to this land of opportunities. However, with our forthcoming economic plans, we hope to diversify our economic base in the two cities to include investment opportunities, especially in downstream industries. We shall be introducing new opportunities in the field of marine, shipment, packaging, iron, and spare parts, especially for power and desalination.
The Royal Commission is working with its strategic partners to meet this growing energy demand in several areas. The first area is optimizing energy consumption by using modern techniques such as district cooling systems and smart buildings. The second is utilizing state-of-the-art technology for industrial waste recycling such as plasma reactors, which produce hydrogen and electricity. The third is building photovoltaic power stations, and the fourth is concentrating on secondary industries, thus utilizing the outcome of primary industries as feedstock.
In two months, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over four decades, the two cities have created quality jobs. We have also created a cluster of technical education colleges and institutions. Most of the process operators and lab technicians in the primary industries are our graduates. With every project expansion, and with every business opportunity, new jobs are created. Our concern at this stage is to increase the participation of women in the workforce to ensure better performance output. Moreover, we want achieve an 80% Saudization rate, at least in jobs related to operations and maintenance.
We have committed ourselves as per our strategic vision to be the major contributor to the Kingdom’s development. This is a dream, and we like to follow our dreams and make them realities. I hope to see Jubail and Yanbu as a leading international example of how to transform a developing country into one of the top industrial nations, but with a human touch, care, and concern for welfare, not only for Saudis, but for the whole international community.
© The Business Year – June 2014
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