Science Minister Signs Tech Deal with Saudi Arabia

The UK and Saudi Arabia have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance collaboration in science, technology, and research and development (R&D). The agreement, inked by Science Minister Andrew Griffith and Abdullah Alswaha, the chairman of the board of directors of the R&D and Innovation Authority, focuses on deep tech research in areas such as food security and clean energy.

Griffith emphasised that Saudi Arabia’s commitment to modernising its economy aligns with the UK’s global ambitions in science and innovation. Both nations aim to work together on a global scale to achieve advancements in science and technology. The agreement includes plans for regular meetings to explore business opportunities and share R&D efforts, facilitating the development of new technologies.

The collaboration is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, which aims to diversify the country’s economy beyond its historical reliance on the oil industry. The plan is designed to be a roadmap for economic diversification, global engagement, and an enhanced quality of life. It reflects Saudi Arabia’s ambitious journey towards harnessing the power of science and technology to drive transformation.

However, Vision 2030 has faced criticism for potentially diverting attention from the country’s human rights concerns. The UK government has been previously criticised for various trade agreements with Saudi Arabia, including deals related to arms and fossil fuels, due to the nation’s human rights record. The agreement with Saudi Arabia in science and technology highlights the ongoing challenges faced by governments when balancing economic interests with human rights considerations.

(Source: UKTN)

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