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Saudi Arabia to Develop Seven Logistics Zones in Eastern Province

Saudi Arabia to Develop Seven Logistics Zones in Eastern Province

Tuesday, 9 November, 2021 - 12:15
A view of the logistics forum held by the Asharqia Chamber in Saudi Arabia. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The head of Saudi Arabia’s Transport General Authority, Rumaih Al-Rumaih, revealed on Monday that the national transport strategy aims to bring the Kingdom’s performance index to the world’s top ten, adding that seven logistics zones will be developed in the Eastern Province.

In statements at the Asharqia Chamber’s Logistics Forum 2021, Al-Rumaih said that the national strategy paves the way for a promising future that includes mega projects and ambitious goals that will further consolidate the Kingdom’s position as a global logistics hub connecting three continents.

He stressed that focus is directed towards building the needed regulatory infrastructure, realizing the automation of procedures, establishing partnerships between the private and public sectors, and fighting pollution.

The Transport General Authority is working to develop national competencies by providing training channels and institutes specialized in port, aviation, and railway activities, the latest of which is the “Logistics Academy,” he added.

Saudi Arabia’s logistics strategy aims to raise the level of service performance from 55th in the world to reach the level of the top 10 countries by 2030. It also aims to raise the level of the logistics sector’s contribution to development from 6 to 10%.

Undersecretary for Logistics Services at the Ministry of Transport and Logistics, Louay Mashabi stated that Saudi Arabia’s logistics sector is redefining itself at the global level.

He disclosed that the ministry has provided several products in this field, most notably the establishment of the Logistics Services Agency that works to standardize licensing.

There are 150 logistics-related businesses, which will be integrated into 80 activities, revealed Mashabi.

He pointed out that 30 international and local companies have expressed their willingness to work in warehouse management, customs clearance, and transportation locally in the Kingdom.

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