Feb 20 2012
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Saudi Ports Are Major Tributaries to The National Economy, Says President of Saudi Ports Authority
Jeddah - The President of Saudi Ports Authority Eng. Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri confirmed Sunday that Saudi ports are considered as key partners in development programs witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and serve as major tributaries to the national economy in various sectors.
He also stressed that over the last three decades the Authority has established the largest system of ports in the Middle East.
In an address at Jeddah's Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday, Eng. Al-Tuwaijri said that there are 9 major ports on the coasts of the Kingdom with a total of 197 berths constituting the largest network of ports in the Middle East.
He pointed out that Saudi ports serve the largest economy in the Middle East and handles 95% of Saudi exports and imports, except crude oil, representing 61% of the movement of goods in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States.
For his part, the Chairman of Jeddah's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saleh Bin Abdullah Kamel commended the advanced and remarkable levels achieved by the Authority, thanks to the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud aiming to advance the services provided by the Authority to international standards.
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