Saudi and UK sign MoU to strengthen the quality of infrastructure

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Accreditation Center (SAC) has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) coinciding with the signing of several agreements between the two countries, on the sidelines of the UK Prime Minister’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The MOU, which was signed by SAC Executive Director, Dr. Adel Al-Qaid, and UKAS CEO, Mr. Matt Gantley, aims at exchanging expertise between the two sides in areas that support quality infrastructure.

The agreement included several aspects of cooperation including consultations, training programs, joint events, and other aspects that support accreditation services to contribute to the promotion of trade exchange between the two countries. The accreditation body in the UK is one of the oldest and world-leading agencies in the field of accreditation.

Dr. Al-Qaid said that the MOU stems from the center’s strategy in developing the technical competencies and capabilities of the center and preparing qualified national personnel of assessors and experts, which contributes to strengthening the role of accreditation and its importance in the quality infrastructure in Saudi, benefiting from research, studies and joint experiences.

The MoU comes within a set of agreements that the center seeks to conclude to enhance its status and its regional as well as international presence to keep pace with the advanced position that Saudi Arabia has achieved at the global level in light of the support the center enjoys from the government for the good and prosperity of the country.

UKAS will work with SAAC to increase services and capacity, developing an even stronger relationship of mutual long-term cooperation and aiding in the reduction of barriers to international trade.

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