Jeddah, January 20, 2024, The strategic partnership agreement in research, development, and innovation between the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, led by Minister Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen Alfadley, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has received sponsorship from the minister himself. The collaboration aims to enhance the synergy between the two entities, aligning with the ministry's executive strategic plan for research and innovation and KAUST's overarching strategy.
In a significant development, Minister Alfadley initiated the second phase of the algae & aquaculture technologies development project at KAUST. This project holds critical importance in advancing both algae technology and the aquaculture initiative within the Kingdom.
During his statement, Minister Alfadley highlighted that the ministry's research and innovation executive plan is centered around leveraging technology and innovation to address challenges and create opportunities in the sector. He underscored the project's objective of establishing the algae industry and its associated technologies within the Kingdom. Moreover, the initiative aims to generate employment opportunities and mitigate the impacts linked to carbon dioxide emissions.
Dr. Tony Chan, the President of KAUST, expressed, "We are not just introducing state-of-the-art technology; we are also nurturing the next generation of Saudi algae farmers. Through training programs, we are equipping them with the knowledge and skills required for cultivating, producing, harvesting, and processing algae – fostering a domestically grown aquaculture industry characterized by expertise and innovation."
The event also witnessed the signing of numerous memorandums of understanding between KAUST and various stakeholders, marking a significant step in fostering collaborative efforts for research and development within the Kingdom.