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Saudi Arabia transforms SWCC into Saudi Water Authority, aiming to enhance water security

  • Saudi Arabia transforms SWCC into Saudi Water Authority, aiming to enhance water security
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Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to bolster its water sector with the establishment of the Saudi Water Authority (SWA), transforming the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and adopting new organizational frameworks. This announcement was made during the recent Cabinet session, marking a significant stride towards enhancing water management and promoting innovation in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

SWA's mandate encompasses the regulation and development of water-related businesses and services, as well as overseeing the water system to bolster sustainability and support the National Water Strategy. The authority will spearhead strategic planning for the Kingdom's water supply, driving initiatives to elevate performance and localize industry and services, thereby increasing the percentage of local content.

SWA's mandate encompasses the regulation and development of water-related businesses and services, as well as overseeing the water system to bolster sustainability and support the National Water Strategy

H.E. Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al Fadley, Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture and Chairman of SWA, underscored the decision's importance in propelling the water sector forward. He emphasized leveraging SWCC's expertise in research, innovation, and localization to fortify water security, aligning with the nation's development needs and economic ambitions.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al Abdulkarim, President of SWA, hailed the Cabinet's approval as a milestone in the evolution of the Saudi water sector. This transformation signifies a paradigm shift for SWCC, established over half a century ago, and underscores the commitment to maximizing the sector's potential. Al Abdulkarim outlined SWA's strategic objectives, including enhancing regulatory frameworks, improving efficiency in the water supply chain, and fostering innovation to create job opportunities and elevate professional standards.

SWA aims to elevate the water sector's contribution to Saudi economic development, boosting private sector participation and aligning with global standards to solidify its position as a leader in water solutions. Al Abdulkarim reiterated SWA's dedication to advancing the Kingdom's water sector leadership, leveraging technology, and ensuring responsible water resource management to realize the vision outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.

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