Saudi Arabia’s Chief of General Staff, Lt. General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan paid a visit to the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing (AFED) which was held at Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center from 21 to 27 February 2015.
At the start of his tour on the last day of AFED, he was briefed on the contents of the exhibition and the participating agencies.
He visited the pavilions of the exhibition, considered the largest of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Chief of General Staff expressed admiration for the achievements of the national industry to compete with the largest companies in the world, praised the idea of holding this exhibition, the Saudi producers and the adoption of this wonderful initiative by the Saudi Armed Forces.
Held under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, AFED was inaugurated by Assistant Defense Minister General Mohammed Al-Ayesh on behalf of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
General Al-Ayesh said the exhibition, organized for the first time in the Kingdom, will explore ways to encourage private and public sectors to manufacture defense equipment. He added that Saudi Arabia plans to produce at least 10% of the military requirements locally and thereby reduce costs of such imports.
Earlier in February, the Saudi Chief of General Stall and his accompanying delegation visited the National Defence College at Mu'askar Bait Al Falaj in the Sultanate of Oman.
Upon arrival, Lt. General Al Bunyan were greeted at Mu'askar Bait Al Falaj by Major General Salim bin Mussallam bin Ali Qatan, Commandant of National Defence College and a number of Directing Staff Officers.
The guest attended a comprehensive brief on the National Defence College which covered all the facilities and sophisticated equipment available in this strategic and academic edifice. These facilities contribute to accomplish the mission and vision of the college in the preparation of qualified national leaders.
Lt. General Al Bunyan and his accompanying delegation also witnessed the various sections and facilities of the college; and variety of halls designed according to the latest specifications and serviced by the best educational systems and multipurpose electronic networks.
The National Defence College is the highest scientific strategic edifice in the Sultanate dealing with strategic studies in security and defence issues aimed at preparing and qualifying new generations of leaders and senior officials from the military and civil sectors.