9-11 October 2018
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Focus Day: Wednesday, 11 October 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am Welcome remarks from Chairman


9:00 am - 9:30 am VIP PROGRAMME UPDATE: Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Saudi Arabia is one of the highest military spenders in the world allocating approximately $70 billion on its defence spending each year.

Despite this massive expenditure, the share of localised military spending does not exceed 5% of the Kingdom’s current total spending on armament, maintenance and spare parts. The Saudi Vision 2030 thus voices the importance of localising the sector of military industries and aims to increase the percentage of localised military spending to 50% by 2030.

Saudi Vision 2030 aims to localise its fields of work with:

Defence electronics:
Manufacturing radars, sensors, routers, telecommunications, command and control systems

Arms, ammunition and missiles:
Manufacturing medium and heavy weapons, artillery and guidedmunition

Land systems:
Manufacturing tanks and vehicles’ structural systems and maintaining them and manufacturing spare parts and tanks and vehicles’ gear

Air systems:
Manufacturing fixed-wing aircraft’s spare parts and gear and manufacturing and maintaining drones

Emerging technologies:
Manufacturing modern technologies like cybersecurity and guided weapons

The session will focus on how the strategic spending and execution for the above categories will help grow the defence GDP and overall defence manufacturing environment in Saudi Arabia. Expo partnership opportunities with the local Saudi industry and analyse how can you be a part of the Saudi Vision 2030

9:30 am - 10:00 am Identifying the right partners to localise defence procurement and opportunities in Saudi Arabia

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
  • Exploring the key competencies and platforms necessary to provide specific value to the establishment of a Saudi defence industry

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

10:00 am - 10:30 am Developing ship building manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia

  • Classifying the international manufacturing and engineering assets that are essential to develop and sustain Saudi’s ship building industry
  • How can the emerging potential for shipbuilding, ship repair, and ship block manufacturing be tapped to reduce dependencies?
  • Identifying maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) opportunities that can be sourced out locally in Saudi Arabia

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking coffee break


11:00 am - 11:30 am Developing a world-class maritime yard by 2022 in Saudi Arabia

The integrated maritime yard will be the largest in the region in terms of production capacity and scale, providing an unprecedented mix of products and services in the region and enabling national and international oil companies in Saudi Arabia with its supply chain partners to meet their manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements for offshore oil and gas rigs, offshore support vessels, and commercial vessels, including Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC).

  • Partnerships
  • Opportunities
  • Project drivers

11:30 am - 12:00 pm VIP PROGRAMME UPDATE: Saudi Naval Expansion Programme II

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
The RSNF began working an initiative called the Saudi Naval Expansion Programme (SNEP II), to replace its aging and outdated ships in their eastern fleet, homeported in Jubail. This massive purchase will include destroyers, patrol craft, helicopters, ground vehicles and other platforms, as well as warehouses and substantial upgrades to port infrastructure. Saudi Arabia is extensively trying to modernise and increase its military capabilities to counter threats at the Strait of Hormuz (SOH).

  • Partnerships
  • Opportunities
  • Project drivers

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm IMO EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: International code for the protection of ships and port facilities

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
  • Implementing the international standards of technical and operational safety requirements for local ships and their equipment
  • Challenges of design review, certification of materials and equipment and survey of installation
  • Certification, commissioning and testing of vessels in Saudi Arabia

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm Networking coffee break


12:50 pm - 1:10 pm The role of Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Coast Guards to addressing security and safety challenges of maritime critical infrastructure in the region

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
  • Identifying the real risk of threats and reviewing how these threats can impact the nation’s economy, security and public safety
  • Deploying technologies with maritime surveillance across critical national infrastructure involving oil, gas, water, electricity, nuclear
  • Working in tandem with military and non-military actors to ensure the highest levels of surveillance and maritime security

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Integrated security solutions to appropriately manage critical infrastructure protection risks

  • Deployment of intelligent protection with cost-effective, customer-specific solutions
  • Ensuring adequate maritime security with early and rapid detection and notification of marine hazards or threats
  • Developing cyber defence capabilities across intelligent networks for network security

1:30 pm - 1:40 pm Closing ceremony by CNS Saudi / VIP Guest of Honor

Dates to be announced for 2019

1:40 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch break and refreshments

3:00 pm - 3:00 pm End of focus day

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.