Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Jasser toured various facilities of Saudi Arabian Airlines on Thursday and commended the remarkable progress achieved by the national carrier over the past seven decades as well as its increasing role in building a knowledge-based economy in the Kingdom.
“Saudia, through its vital infrastructure and qualified manpower, has proved that it has made big steps toward building a knowledge economy and boosting the national economy. God willing, it has a bright future,” said Al-Jasser, a former board member of the airline.
He specifically noted the progress achieved by Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) as well as the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) that provides aircraft maintenance services to Saudia and foreign airlines.
“I am impressed by the advanced technologies and facilities at PSAA and SAEI,” the minister said.
“In the past, we used to send aircraft engines abroad for maintenance. Now these tasks are carried out by Saudis. This is a good indicator of economic development and is the first indicator for building a knowledge economy,” said the minister.
Al-Jasser said the Saudi leadership has given utmost importance for making the Kingdom a knowledge economy, adding that most government departments have achieved big strides in realizing this goal.
Al-Jasser’s visit covered the academy and its training facilities as well as SAEI’s maintenance facilities at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
“What I have seen today at PSAA and SAEI has made me very happy. Prince Sultan academy has no equal in the region. This shows the Kingdom is investing heavily on its manpower,” the minister said.
Abdul Aziz Al-Hazmi, deputy director general of Saudia, emphasized the significance of Al-Jasser’s visit.
“We are happy to welcome the minister. We would like to establish contacts with public and private sectors to make them aware of our efforts in the service of the country and citizens and boost the Kingdom’s progress and prosperity,” he added.