UN envoy congratulates Saudi Arabia for brokering Yemen peace deal

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. (SPA)
Updated 08 November 2019

UN envoy congratulates Saudi Arabia for brokering Yemen peace deal

  • The crown prince reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to all efforts that serve the interests of the Yemeni people

RIYADH: Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, on Thursday congratulated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the success of the Kingdom’s efforts in Yemen that helped lead to the signing of the Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council

The crown prince reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to all efforts that serve the interests of the Yemeni people and contribute to the security and stability of the country. He also expressed hopes that the agreement will pave the way to broader agreements between the Yemeni people that result in a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis.

During their meeting, the two men discussed the latest developments in Yemen and the work that is being done to address them.

Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman, State Minister Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, Chief of General Intelligence Khalid Al-Humaidan, and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber were also present at the meeting.
 


Tech CEOs caution against fear of job automation at Misk Global Forum

Updated 14 November 2019

Tech CEOs caution against fear of job automation at Misk Global Forum

  • DetraPel manufactures safe nanotech-based protective coatings, and water and stain repellents
  • Luke Tang, CEO of Techcode, said the company is eyeing the Saudi market “to help more startups”

RIYADH: Human capital can never be replaced by technology, said DetraPel CEO David Zamarin at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday.
“Technology is often misconstrued with loss of jobs,” Zamarin said at a session titled “Humanizing work: Tech is not the bad guy.”
He added: “The goal of technology should be to get rid of routine work that can easily be substituted by technology.”
DetraPel manufactures safe nanotech-based protective coatings, and water and stain repellents.
Zamarin said technology can make things easier, but “we still need people ... and that’s the most important part of it. Humans can do jobs (that) technology can never solve.”
Luke Tang, CEO of Techcode, a China-based global network of startup innovation hubs, said the company is eyeing the Saudi market “to help more startups.”
He added that many technologies are impacting the future of the workplace, workflow and workforce.
“Because of these technology trends, we’ll be able to make better use of our talents,” said Tang, adding that many startups are emerging because of this.
Microsoft’s creative director, Lauren Cascio, said the American multinational tech company’s job is to make things safer. “We’re ... automating dull, dirty and dangerous work,” she added. “We’re prioritizing safety.”