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A group of female lecturers from the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah praised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz for the appreciation he expressed towards the role of Saudi women, and for his political realization of the importance of the role women play in pushing forward the wheel of development in the country. is praise from the Saudi lecturers came after three faculty members from the King Abdulaziz University took part in the 8th National Meeting for Intellectual Dialogue that was held under the title of ‘Health Services: A Dialogue Between Society and the Health Institutions’ in Jazan recently. Over 70 male and female participants took part in the meeting including head of the Sheikh Mohammed Hussain al Amoudi Centre of Excellence for Breast Cancer, Dr. Samia al Amoudi, cosmetic surgery consultant Dr. Nadia Bandaqji, and cancer researcher Dr. Faten Khorshid. e Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, met with participants of the national dialogue sessions as they spoke to the King about the results. e female participants took part in a separate meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Regarding the meeting, Dr. Samia al Amoudi stated that King Abdullah was making history by consolidating the role of women and expressing appreciation for the role

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women play and that the world realizes that the leaders are writing history through the dialogue in which women took part in order to push on with development for the sake of the nation.

“King Abdullah was making history by consolidating the role of women and expressing appreciation for the role women play and that the world realizes that the leaders are writing history through the dialogue in which women took part in order to push on with development for the sake of the nation.” Dr. Samia Amoudi Centre of Excellence for Breast Cancer

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e largest ever business delegation to visit the Middle East from New Zealand has toured Riyadh this month in a bid to reinforce and expand trade relationships between the two countries. e delegation, led by New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Tim Groser, was composed of over 90 business leaders representing 60 major companies. ey worked to capitalize on the solid growth and economic modernization taking place throughout the region. While on tour, Mr. Tim Groser has told a business meeting at the Riyadh Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, in Saudi Arabia that gaining and protecting access to new and developing markets is a central pillar to the government's economic strategy. Tim Groser says trade is the lifeblood of the New Zealand economy and as a somewhat isolated island nation our businesses need to look offshore for new markets. Groser says while New Zealand's recent focus has been largely on the Asia-Pacific region, the Gulf region is rapidly emerging as a strong partner for export growth. Groser says e developing trading relationship between New Zealand and GCC has been enhanced by cooperation at the Government level. He also says that the Gulf is emerging strongly from the global recession after two decades of economic transformation. Oil windfalls of 2003-08 have been invested shrewdly and are leading to increasingly diversified economies, says Groser. “Since Saudi students attending New Zealand tertiary in-

Prince Saud Al-Faisal with New Zealand Trade Minister Mr Tim Groser, whom he met with while in Saudi Arabia stitutions under the King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP) began in 2006, numbers have risen from just a handful to more than 7,000 Saudi students studying in New Zealand today - of these over 4,700 are at tertiary institutions. Conservatively, this is worth some NZ$300 million annually to the New Zealand economy” . Groser says our orientation toward our close neighbours Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region has seen the government focusing on negotiating bilateral and regional trade agreements. “I see an un-paralleled era of opportunity. As a result of the significant transformation in this part of the world and the diversification of oil-based economies, this region is looking to the West to help facilitate this transformation. At precisely the same time, countries such as New Zealand are looking to the Middle East to diversify our own economies. e potential for collaboration has never been greater." Groser and the business delegation also visited Riyadh and Dammam before visiting Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Australia H.E Hassan Nazer e Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Australia and New Zealand Mr. Hassan Talat Nazer, accompanied by embassy staff and all its members made an inspection tour of the New premises building of the Saudi Cultural Attaché which has moved into a new headquarters in the center of Australian capital Canberra, nearby the campus of the Australian National University. Ambassador Hassan Nazer with Saudi Cultural Attaché Dr Ali Al Bishri and Rida El Nuzha at the new cultural attaché premises e new building is located on an area of 2000 square meters, and has two main stories, with room for more than 195 staff members, as well as 3 meeting rooms, in addition to a special reception hall for female students where qualified female staff carries on the needs of students. During the tour, Nazer was accompanied by Saudi Cultural Attaché Dr. Ali Al Bishri. While on the tour, Mr Nazer was briefed on the office services for Saudi students and also

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Saudi Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Hassan Tala'at Nazer has been awarded an Australian Harmony Day 2010 Award in recognition of his consistent efforts and role in promoting harmony and values of dialog between communities in Australian society. Ambassador Nazer expressed his pleasure over receiving the prize, stressing that the initiatives launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz topped by Initiative of Dialogue Between Followers of Religions and Cultures have formed a framework for communication between peoples and a major pillar in promoting human values, dialogue and harmony at global level.

on the large facilities provided by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education which were to serve Saudi students on Scholarship in Australia including the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques program for foreign scholarships. e building also hosts state of the art equipment inorder to keep up with the development of the attaché and to meet min-

istry officials' aspirations of a distinguished level of service. Ambassador Nazer praised the facility of the newly built premises which allows for the embassy to facilitate services for a greater number of Saudi students on scholarships to Australia far more effectively and promptly. e Ambassador thanked "God Almighty and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for implementing the scholarship program, which facilitated an easy means for students to get scholarships abroad in several countries throughout the world." At the end of the visit, the Ambassador also thanked the Cultural attaché Mr Rida Nuzha and members of the Attaché for their efforts towards the benfites of the Saudi students and their needs.

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According to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the government’s economic development agency, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region as a whole is an increasingly important contributor to New Zealand’s economic prosperity. Trade between New Zealand and the GCC totaled over $2.1 billion last year — a 40 percent increase since 2000 — making the GCC New Zealand’s sixth largest bilateral trading partner. Saudi Arabia is currently New Zealand’s largest export market within the Middle East. Bilateral trade between the two nations amounted to over $530 million in 2009, representing a quarter of total trade between New Zealand and the GCC region. “e importance of this region for New Zealand cannot be underestimated and our visit to Saudi Arabia demonstrates our depth of commitment to this market. e growing relationship between our nations presents valuable commercial opportunities for both New Zealand and Saudi companies, with the potential to develop a stronger and more diversified presence in both markets,” said the New Zealand Trade minister Mr. Tim Groser, “is is a unique chance for New Zealand business leaders to demonstrate to local partners here the breadth of expertise that we can offer and to expand the existing economic relationships within Saudi Arabia.” Another significant development in the relationship

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Nazer praises NZSaudi Arabia trade meetings “The Kingdom now represents the largest market in the Middle East and Gulf for New Zealand exports”, Saudi Ambassador to New Zealand and Australia Hassan Tal’at Nazer, has said. The trade exchange between the two countries amounted to more than $530 million in 2009 which constituted 25 percent of the total trade between New Zealand and Gulf countries. Following the Saudi-New Zealand ministerial committee meetings in Riyadh, the ambassador said such meetings further strengthen the friendly bilateral relations and commercial cooperation between the two countries. between the two countries is the establishment of a new Saudi Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, reflecting the growing number of students in the country, which currently stands at around 5,500 annually. Government-led initiatives such as the GCC business mission aim to broaden the trade relationship with Saudi Arabia by developing such sectors as education and services, construction, ICT, food and drink, as well as investigating new opportunities for trade and investment.

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e Saudi Ambassador in Australia, Mr. Hassan Nazer welcome the possibility of resumption of importing Australian wheat into the Kingdom. Ambassador Nazer said Australia would be one of key participants in a tender conducted by the Saudi Arabia’s Grains Silos and Flour Mills Organisation to import two million tonnes of wheat this year. e Kingdom has modified its wheatimport quality specifications allowing imports from Australia, the world's fourth-largest exporter of the grain, the Australian Embassy announced. e latest Saudi tender had a minimum 11.1 percent protein level compared with a minimum last year of 12.5 percent. e tolerance level for the ergot fungus was raised to 0.045 percent. "e new amendments to the requirements allow lower protein levels and a smaller tolerance for ergot fungus," Michael Kavanagh, commercial counselor of the embassy said. He added that the new changes would permit wheat from western Australia, the country's top grain-exporting region, to take part in tenders issued by Saudi Arabia's Grains Silos and Flour Mills Organization (GSFMO). After visiting Western Australia’s wheat mills in March this year, GSFMO has expressed to the Australian Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman a high interest for Australia to become a regular supplier of wheat. WA was already a major supplier of barley to Saudi Arabia.

During the delegation’s tour of WA, the Department of Agriculture and Food research team showed how Australian wheat was highly suitable for milling and baked goods in Saudi Arabia, including flat breads. “While this change in specifications is a first step, it is a significant one towards developing a strong wheat trading relationship with the kingdom,” the Minister said. “I congratulate all involved from the Department of Agriculture and Food and the grains industry who have worked hard to improve access to the Saudi market.” Australia has been unable to access the 2.5 million tons a year to the Saudi market. e state produced 8 million tons of wheat in 2009/10. Western Australia is already a major supplier of barley to Saudi Arabia. e Kingdom opened its doors to wheat imports in 2008 when it introduced a new groundwater conservation policy to cut annual irrigated wheat production. It also has plans to stop growing wheat domestically by spring 2016, and import the grain instead. "Australian shippers competed in a Saudi Arabia tender this month for 550,000 metric tons, with suppliers from Canada and Germany winning the business," said Tom Puddy, wheat marketing manager for CBH Group's export division. A global glut of wheat this year has increased price competition.e Middle Eastern country may import two million tons in 2010-11, according to a report last month by the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.

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he Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has begun building the first solar-powered water desalination plant, the first step in a three-part program to introduce solar energy into the Kingdom. e program, launched by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), aims to help stabilize future power and water supplies inside Saudi Arabia through the creation of solar-powered desalination facilities. Water desalination is critical to providing clean drinking water around the world. Today, Saudi Arabia produces 18 percent of the world’s desalinated water. By building water desalination plants that run on solar energy, the Kingdom can reduce operational costs and in turn, reduce consumer costs.

Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad, KACST Vice President for Research Institutes

Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad, KACST Vice President for Research Institutes said, “e solar energy program will reduce the cost of producing desalinated water and of generating power for use in the Kingdom, an oil-dependent nation, which has launched a national energy efficiency program." Saudi Arabia is a prime location to harness solar energy because of its year-round sunshine. e sun in Saudi Arabia emits about 7,000 watts of energy per square meter over an average of 12 hours every day. KACST and IBM have developed a research center to determine how best to harness and repurpose this solar energy and is preparing to implement this state-of-the-art technology.

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