CEO of NIDLP, Eng. Suliman Al Mazroua, holds up a copy of a newly signed MoU between the Program and KAUST.
KAUST recently announced a collaboration with the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) to establish a capability center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the western region of Saudi Arabia.
KAUST President Dr. Tony Chan and NIDLP CEO Eng. Suliman Al Mazroua signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a ceremony hosted under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Bandar Bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and Chairman of NIDLP.
The signing ceremony was attended by KAUST Vice President of Strategic National Advancement and Senior Associate to the President Dr. Najah Ashry, and NIDLP Vice President of Energy, Mr. Faisal Al Rabeh.
The MoU aims to accelerate the adoption of 4IR technologies in promising growth sectors in the Kingdom including industry, mining, energy and logistics.
In addition, both KAUST and NIDLP will collaborate to develop a roadmap and programs for the capability center, define its frameworks and processes for providing appropriate services via a unified digital platform, and work with authorities to determine the necessary criteria for classifying the national capability centers as 4IR capability centers.
(Bottom right to left) His Excellency Mr. Bandar Bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and Chairman of NIDLP joins NIDLP CEO, Eng. Suliman Al Mazroua; and KAUST Vice President of Strategic National Advancement and Senior Associate to the President Dr. Najah Ashry; along with (top right to left) NIDLP Vice President of Energy, Mr. Faisal Al Rabeh; KAUST President, Dr. Tony Chan; and KAUST Manager, Specialized Enrichments, Strategic National Advancement, Mrs. Ramla Al Shibani; during an MoU signing between the two organizations.
Al-Mazroua stressed the importance of this partnership in the program's four promising sectors (energy, mining, industry and logistics). He expressed his full confidence in the ability of KAUST and NIDLP to realize the Saudi Arabia's 2030 Vision through such collaboration and thanked KAUST for its keenness to help NIDLP achieve its ambitious goals of raising productivity, generating job opportunities for Saudis, enhancing the Kingdom's trade balance, and maximizing local content.
"The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have a significant impact on the Saudi economy, and the unlimited government support and strategic planning to establish a digital infrastructure made the environment in the Kingdom ready to maintain rapid growth across priority sectors in Vision 2030," Ashry said.