KSrelief Distributes 500 Food Baskets in Afghanistan

Kabul– The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) distributed 500 food baskets in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, benefiting 3,000 people.

This comes within the project of distributing emergency food aid to those affected by the floods and the most neediest families in Afghanistan for the year 2022-2023, in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to alleviate the suffering of the affected and needy there.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission to participate in London Book Fair, invites publishers to register

Riyadh– The Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission is getting ready to participate in the London Book Fair, which is taking place between April 18-20. The Commission will have a pavilion that features several literary-related activities that will highlight its work supporting and advancing the literary movement and enhancing Saudi publishers’ visibility abroad.

The Commission has made registration possible for publishers, literary agents, agencies it has authorized, and Saudi publishing houses that want to take part under the umbrella of the Commission’s pavilion by registering via the electronic link: https://engage.moc.gov.sa/reg_form/tracks/1657/new, during the period of February 5 to 14, adding that on February 19 the names of the participants will be announced.

Through its participation, the Commission aims to strengthen the Kingdom’s presence on a world scale and support Saudi literary agencies and publishing houses. This goal stems from the importance of communication between the local and international publishing sectors, leading to the growth and linking of businesses, giving them access to international experiences, forging connections, and marketing local production sectors and their services abroad.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi-Omani Industries Exhibition Concludes with over 25,000 Attendees

Riyadh, February 5, 2023, SPA — The Ministry of Investment yesterday concluded the Saudi-Omani Industries Exhibition, organized in Riyadh amidst a high turnout of over 25,000 visitors with the participation of several public departments and 300 companies from the two countries representing several sectors, and in the presence of many officials and CEOs of major firms from the public and private sectors.

According to the Ministry of Investment, the exhibition succeeded in promoting a long-term economic partnership in the investment, industry, and trade sectors, in addition to economic and commercial communication, cooperation in the public and private sectors of the two countries through holding bilateral meetings between the two sides to identify opportunities, provide support for their realization and create an enabling regulatory environment that contributes to business development and prosperity, facilitating doing business and removing all obstacles, in a bid to achieve economic integration associated with the Saudi Vision 2030 and Oman Vision 2040.

The exhibition was organized by the Ministry of Investment in cooperation with its partners, in conjunction with the Saudi-Oman Investment Forum 2023 under the slogan “Partnership and Integration” in Riyadh during February 1-4. The event saw the signing of 13 investment memorandums of understanding between the private and public sectors in petrochemicals, transformational industries, health, logistics, entertainment, and innovation.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

GCC Secretary General Stresses Great Role Played by Digital Cooperation Organization to Highlight the Importance of Digital Development in Empowering Countries

Riyadh– Hosted by the Digital Cooperation Organization, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi, participated in the 2nd General Assembly on February 5, 2023, in Riyadh, in the presence of ministers of the member states of the Digital Cooperation Organization.

During the meeting, several topics were discussed, most notably strategic plans and initiatives aimed at promoting digital prosperity in all countries, the status of the digital economy, and the challenges facing all countries in achieving digital growth and development globally.

The GCC Secretary General stressed the role played by the Digital Cooperation Organization to highlight the importance of digital development in enabling countries to keep pace with the rapid growth of the digital economy, through progression and innovation, as well as the continued development of strategies and programmes to promote digital development to provide countries and the business community with tremendous opportunities created by the rise of the digital economy and to transform economies with new and promising opportunities.

He also praised the outcomes of the General Assembly meeting, which seeks to encourage digital and economic cooperation between countries of the world, taking advantage of digitization opportunities to achieve their social goals and accelerate the comprehensive growth of the global digital economy.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

OIC Secretary General Discusses with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Aspects of Cooperation

Jeddah– The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hissein Brahim Taha, discussed today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, aspects of cooperation between Egypt and the Organization.

This came during a phone call where they reviewed views on several issues on the agenda of the 49th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, which Mauritania will host March 16-17, 2023.

The Secretary General also briefed the Egyptian Foreign Minister on the results of his recent visit to Mauritania and the ongoing preparations for holding meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Preparatory Meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers’ 49th session kicks off

Jeddah– The preparatory meeting of senior officials for the 49th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which will be on March 16-17 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, kicked off today in Jeddah,

During the meeting, the OIC Secretary General, Hissein Brahim Taha, said that the Palestinian cause is witnessing serious developments that the Executive Committee discussed recently, and recommendations will be followed up, adding that the same applies to the situation in Afghanistan, which was the focus of the meeting of the Executive Committee, on which several recommendations were taken, including continuing engagement with the de facto authorities in Kabul through the Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Ambassador Tariq Ali Bakheet, and scheduling a second visit for a delegation of scholars.

Taha indicated that concerning Jammu and Kashmir, the Secretariat General and the Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Yousef Aldobeay, are working to implement the action plan adopted by the Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir during its meeting in Islamabad on the sidelines of the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

The OIC Secretary General renewed the organization’s firm support for Azerbaijan, concerning the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh, stressing continued support for efforts to contribute to achieving peace, security, stability, and development in Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya, the Sahel countries, the Lake Chad Basin, the Central African Republic, Mozambique, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Somalia, and appreciating the efforts and endeavors to support Iraq’s unity, territorial integrity, and reconstruction.

He pointed out that the OIC Secretariat General continued its role in the humanitarian field in coordinating humanitarian efforts in light of its increasing challenges and that work is currently underway to hold a donor conference in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Al-Owaishek Meets with Deputy UK Ambassador to KSA

Riyadh– The Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Negotiations at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Abdulaziz Hamad Al-Owaishek, met here today with Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Anna Walters.

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation between the GCC and the UK in various fields, in addition to preparations for holding a number of joint meetings between the two sides under the framework of the strategic partnership between both sides.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

GCC Ministerial Committee for Posts and Telecommunications Holds 27th Meeting

Riyadh– The Ministerial Committee for Posts and Telecommunications in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries held its 27th meeting on Sunday, February 5, 2023, in Riyadh.

The meeting was chaired by, Engineer Saeed bin Hamoud Al Maawali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology of the Sultanate of Oman, Chairman of the current session, and in the presence of Engineer Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Thamer Al Kaabi, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Engineer Abdullah bin Amer Alswaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the State of Qatar, and Omar Saud Al Omar, Board Chairman of the Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority of the State of Kuwait, with the participation of Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary-General of the GCC.

At the onset of the meeting, Their Excellencies, the members of the Committee, congratulated Albudaiwi on the assumption of his duties as Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council, wishing him success in his tasks, in line with the directives of Their Majesties and Highnesses, the leaders of the GCC states.

During the meeting, several topics discussed between the GCC countries included; cooperation in the postal and telecommunications sectors, the adoption of the guiding framework for the protection of personal information of GCC citizens, the adoption of an action plan for the telecommunications sector in the GCC countries, and the launch of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative for the Research Award for Technology and Digital Economy Foresight. The meeting also approved the unified system (law) regulating the activity of companies and private institutions working in express mail and packages.

The GCC Secretary General delivered a speech in which he emphasized the role of the Committee since its inception in achieving outstanding accomplishments in the fields of post and telecommunications. He also affirmed that this reflects the keenness and interest of Their Excellencies, the members of the Committee, in this sector and their strong belief in the goals that will benefit the economy of the GCC countries through a solid postal and communications division in a way that contributes to increasing the public and private sectors’ productivity, improving its efficiency, increasing the return on investments, and providing better and easier access to services for citizens and the business sector. He also underlined that the Committee work comes in line with the efforts exerted to achieve the aspirations of Their Majesties and Highnesses, the leaders of the GCC states, to push the Gulf entity towards higher, more developed, and advanced ranks.

Moreover, the GCC Secretary General congratulated the GCC countries for their qualitative leap in the field of the digital economy and achieving advanced ranks in the communications and information technology sector’s global indexes, in the areas of network readiness, competitiveness, progress, digital entrepreneurship, the tremendous development in fifth-generation networks, and the speed and coverage of the Internet, in addition to the milestones achieved in the development of the field of digital skills and all other sectors.

In the same context, the Committee discussed the latest developments related to the reduction of roaming service charges in the GCC countries, the reports of the GCC states regarding development in communication with major companies that provide Internet services and applications, the telecommunication indicators, analysis and monitoring of the GCC telecom markets, in addition to the coordination between the GCC countries concerning the overlapping of mobile phone networks with the radio services in the GCC countries.

The meeting concluded with the approval of the Sultanate of Oman’s proposal to re-study the functions and competencies of the Ministerial Committee for Posts and Telecommunications.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Mexican Golfer Ancer, champion of Saudi International Golf Championship

Jeddah– Mexican Golfer Abraham Ancer won the Saudi International Golf tournament title and bagged 1 million USD from the 5 million USD grand prize.

CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation Noah Ali Reda, crowned the champion, Ancer, after the golfer made a strong performance throughout the competition, leading the ranking from the first day until the last minute.

The Saudi Golf Federation is actively looking to improve the competition for men and women in this game to inspire the next generation in a bid to place the Kingdom among the leading countries in the sport. By hosting large international events, which are an essential part of the golf strategy in the Kingdom, the Saudi Golf Federation aims to develop this sport and promote it across the country.

Source: Saudi Press Agency