The Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services in Saudi Arabia reviewed the most prominent features of the National Strategy for Transport and Logistics Services during a press conference yesterday. The Ministry also reviewed the general frameworks of the strategy and its development, economic and service dimensions.
The press conference included a discussion session for the leaders of the transport system in the Kingdom, during which they reviewed the development dimensions of the national strategy in the sectors.
President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, stated that the civil aviation sector strategy would draw a road map for the future of the aviation sector in the Kingdom. It would be the first sector in the Middle East, enhance the percentage of its contributions to the domestic product, and support Vision 2030.
He said: “The civil aviation sector strategy aims for the Kingdom to be among the top 15 countries in the airport connectivity index with the world, ensuring complete interdependence that enhances the business environment.
He also added that the KSA seeks to achieve strategies for the Hajj and Umrah sector, which targets 30 million pilgrims, and the tourism sector, which targets 100 million tourists.
He stressed that the Kingdom would be a logistics centre linking the three continents and a global platform for transport and air freight.
Connecting the Kingdom to the world
Al-Duailej added that the strategy would improve the traveller’s experience through airports in the Kingdom and provide greater and easier connectivity options with cities worldwide via low-cost airlines locally and regionally.
It will also contribute to improving the cost structure of the sector operators, raising competitive ticket prices and the capacity of the Kingdom’s airports to more than 330 million passengers annually, compared to about 103 million passengers currently. That would make the Kingdom a global hub for transit travel.
The General President of the Public Transport Authority, Dr Rumaih bin Muhammad Al-Rumaih, said: “We will see a 25% decrease in energy consumption in the future, with an increase in the share of public transport from the total trips in cities to 15%.”
He confirmed the application of quality of life standards, as the Ministry will adopt the highest safety standards, reduce environmental pollution, and rationalize energy consumption for the transport sector.
Comprehensive development process
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Eng. Badr bin Abdullah Al-Dulami indicated that one of the main objectives of the strategy for roads is to reach the sixth rank in the world in the road quality index while maintaining the Kingdom’s leadership globally in the interconnection of the road network.
For his part, President of the General Authority of Ports, Omar bin Talal Hariri, stressed that the port development strategy is a vital element in achieving integration with big industrial plans. It would provide greater investment attractiveness and enhance the Kingdom’s position on the map of global logistics centres.
He pointed out that the Kingdom’s strategic location, which mediates trade and oil transportation lines, is unparalleled in the region, as it can naturally link markets in which more than 6 billion people live.