Ahmed Al-Khazim, Director of King Saud University's Bee Research Unit and supervisor of the Chair of Engineer Abdullah Ahmad Bagshan for Bee Research, recently attended the Tenth Asian Apicultural Association (AAA) Conference and Api Expo in Busan, South Korea, from November 4-7, 2010. More than 6,000 attended the event, featuring 400 exhibitors. There were two full days of technical presentations and three technical tours. AAA was formed in 1992 to encourage friendly exchange of information between beekeepers in Asia, while the organization holds the conference every two years.
Dr. Al-Khazim, one of Saudi Arabia's most active experts in bee research, is a member of the Executive Committee of AAA, Secretary General of the Middle East Federation of Beekeepers, Chairman of the Saudi Beekeeping Cooperative Association, and he has made numerous presentations of his research at conferences and meetings throughout the world.
Beginning in 2005, Dr. Al-Khazim organized meetings with beekeepers in different parts of the Kingdom to promote communication networks, share experiences and problems, and provide advice. The first national meeting of the Beekeeping Cooperative Association was held in Baljurashy in July 2009, under the sponsorship of the Amir of the Al Bahah Province, Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz.
The establishment of King Saud University's Research Chair for Bee Research in 2009 has created great possibilities for over 1 million Saudis connected to the honey industry. Led by Dr. Al-Khazim and funded by Engineer Abdullah bin Ahmed Bugshan, the Bee Research Chair has begun a number of ambitious projects, and expectations are that national and international beekeeping industries will benefit greatly from the endeavors of this important organization.