Austrade road show focuses on health, mining, dairy in Riyadh

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473115152000

RIYADH: Australia’s dynamic health, mining and dairy sectors were in focus during a road show held here Wednesday to help boost investments from Gulf and North African countries.
“We want to cooperate with the Kingdom in bilateral trade and investment in line with the Saudi Vision 2030,” Australian Trade Commissioner Mark Morley told Arab News here at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel.
The road show, which began in Kuwait, will end in the United Arab Emirates during this leg of the tour.
Morley said Australia’s mining companies have much to offer the MENA region in terms of developing a broad range of projects beyond the energy sector. “Australia is one of the world’s leading mining nations, with particular expertise in the mining technologies and services that help to keep the world’s mines operational,” he said, pointing out that there are some 100 Australian miners attached to Ma’aden.
Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Co.) is a diversified mining company, active in gold-based metals mining and infrastructure industry. Ma’aden was formed as a Saudi joint stock company in 1997 to facilitate the development of Saudi Arabia’s mineral resources. It is the largest mining company in Saudi Arabia.
“At a time when many nations in the MENA region are exploring the potential of their mineral deposits, this represents a good opportunity to talk about needs and capability,” he said.
Through a series of high-profile forums, targeted roundtables and meetings, AU MENA will provide introductions between Australian companies and key government officials, industry stakeholders, and projects in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Another focus, he said, was how Australian health care service firms can help MENA countries cope with growing demand.
“Australia’s proven expertise in health care is well-positioned to assist the MENA region as the public and private sector work to develop a local medical tourism industry and try to prevent the spread of lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” he noted.
Bilateral trade between Australia and the Kingdom is around 2 billion Australian dollars, in favor of Australia, he added.
By 2020, spending in the GCC alone on health care will reach $69 billion. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 15,000 physicians and 1.8 million nurses and midwives.
”So, the need to enhance skill levels in the health care sector also offers clear opportunities for Australian education and training providers,” he said.
This year, AU MENA will also encompass a program for Dairy Australia. Peter Myers, international trade development manager of Dairy Australian, said the Australian dairy industry has had a healthy relationship with the GCC market, with 11 percent of total dairy exports making its way into the region. Fifty-seven percent of the GCC’s total dairy consumption was met through imports.

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Austrade road show focuses on health, mining, dairy in Riyadh

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473115152000

RIYADH: Australia’s dynamic health, mining and dairy sectors were in focus during a road show held here Wednesday to help boost investments from Gulf and North African countries.
“We want to cooperate with the Kingdom in bilateral trade and investment in line with the Saudi Vision 2030,” Australian Trade Commissioner Mark Morley told Arab News here at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel.
The road show, which began in Kuwait, will end in the United Arab Emirates during this leg of the tour.
Morley said Australia’s mining companies have much to offer the MENA region in terms of developing a broad range of projects beyond the energy sector. “Australia is one of the world’s leading mining nations, with particular expertise in the mining technologies and services that help to keep the world’s mines operational,” he said, pointing out that there are some 100 Australian miners attached to Ma’aden.
Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Co.) is a diversified mining company, active in gold-based metals mining and infrastructure industry. Ma’aden was formed as a Saudi joint stock company in 1997 to facilitate the development of Saudi Arabia’s mineral resources. It is the largest mining company in Saudi Arabia.
“At a time when many nations in the MENA region are exploring the potential of their mineral deposits, this represents a good opportunity to talk about needs and capability,” he said.
Through a series of high-profile forums, targeted roundtables and meetings, AU MENA will provide introductions between Australian companies and key government officials, industry stakeholders, and projects in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Another focus, he said, was how Australian health care service firms can help MENA countries cope with growing demand.
“Australia’s proven expertise in health care is well-positioned to assist the MENA region as the public and private sector work to develop a local medical tourism industry and try to prevent the spread of lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” he noted.
Bilateral trade between Australia and the Kingdom is around 2 billion Australian dollars, in favor of Australia, he added.
By 2020, spending in the GCC alone on health care will reach $69 billion. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 15,000 physicians and 1.8 million nurses and midwives.
”So, the need to enhance skill levels in the health care sector also offers clear opportunities for Australian education and training providers,” he said.
This year, AU MENA will also encompass a program for Dairy Australia. Peter Myers, international trade development manager of Dairy Australian, said the Australian dairy industry has had a healthy relationship with the GCC market, with 11 percent of total dairy exports making its way into the region. Fifty-seven percent of the GCC’s total dairy consumption was met through imports.

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OIC reviews preparations for science and technology meeting in Kazakhstan

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473075151400

RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met recently to review preparations for its summit on science and technology to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sept. 10-11.
During the OIC general secretariat meeting, Muhammad Naeem Khan, assistant secretary general for Science and Technology, underscored the need for OIC institutions to enhance partnerships.
He said that these were important “so as to achieve the goals and targets outlined in the outcome document of OIC’s first summit on science and technology.”
The general secretariat, which met at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Tuesday, discussed broad spectrum of issues expected to be taken up during the summit.
These include environment, health, education, innovation, and science and technology, according to Maha Akeel, OIC director general for information and media.
Akeel added the meeting also examined the proposed outcome document for the summit compiled by Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH).
The document included input from more than 120 scientists from OIC member countries who made comments, which would be submitted to the member states for consideration. At the end of the meeting, the participating institutions paid tribute to OIC Secretary General Yousef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen and the general secretariat for the attention paid to the issue of science, technology, and innovation as key driver to social and economic development of countries.
The institutions also pledged to participate in the organization of the summit and to ensure effective implementation of its recommendations.
The summit will be held in pursuance of the resolution of the 12th session of the Islamic summit conference held in Cairo in 2013, which mandated COMSTECH to organize the first summit of OIC member countries devoted exclusively to science and technology.
Representatives from the host country, Kazakhstan, also attended the meeting.

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OIC reviews preparations for science and technology meeting in Kazakhstan

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473075151400

RIYADH: The Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met recently to review preparations for its summit on science and technology to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sept. 10-11.
During the OIC general secretariat meeting, Muhammad Naeem Khan, assistant secretary general for Science and Technology, underscored the need for OIC institutions to enhance partnerships.
He said that these were important “so as to achieve the goals and targets outlined in the outcome document of OIC’s first summit on science and technology.”
The general secretariat, which met at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Tuesday, discussed broad spectrum of issues expected to be taken up during the summit.
These include environment, health, education, innovation, and science and technology, according to Maha Akeel, OIC director general for information and media.
Akeel added the meeting also examined the proposed outcome document for the summit compiled by Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH).
The document included input from more than 120 scientists from OIC member countries who made comments, which would be submitted to the member states for consideration. At the end of the meeting, the participating institutions paid tribute to OIC Secretary General Yousef Ahmed Al-Othaimeen and the general secretariat for the attention paid to the issue of science, technology, and innovation as key driver to social and economic development of countries.
The institutions also pledged to participate in the organization of the summit and to ensure effective implementation of its recommendations.
The summit will be held in pursuance of the resolution of the 12th session of the Islamic summit conference held in Cairo in 2013, which mandated COMSTECH to organize the first summit of OIC member countries devoted exclusively to science and technology.
Representatives from the host country, Kazakhstan, also attended the meeting.

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WhatsApp calling working in Saudi Arabia… or is it?

Author: 
AISHA FAREED & NADA HAMEED
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473035150800

JEDDAH: Some WhatsApp users in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday expressed their delight at being able to make phone calls through the app, a feature that was previously not working.
Others, however, failed to see what the fuss was about as the popular communication app’s calling function was unresponsive as ever.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission, the agency that regulates telecoms in Saudi Arabia, released a statement saying that it would “like to clarify that it did not direct/order to block nor return such a feature” to service, and that it was following up on the issue with Internet service providers.
Some users told Arab News they could make calls without problem: “Yes it is working good but it’s very surprising,” one said via social media.
For other people, however, the service was allowing them to place calls, but the call dropped after the recipient tried to answer.
Several users said the feature wasn’t functioning, with one in the Kingdom posting that it is “not working at all.”
An Arabic hashtag on Twitter about the app’s calling facility was trending on Wednesday. One person tweeted: “Do we have to pay to make a call? Why can’t we enjoy the free service,” while another posted “I don’t really care for phone calls why is everyone bothered!”
The calling feature was welcomed last year when it was made available on users’ devices, even though WhatsApp had said it would not be available in all countries “due to local laws and regulations.”
Many WhatsApp users complained that the only way to call someone via WhatsApp is to be connected to the same wi-fi network. “I tried to use this feature, but it didn’t work. It only works if you and recipient are on the same wi-fi, which is stupid,” Indian Careem driver Kheder told Arab News.
Meanwhile, Fatima Ahmed, housewife, successfully received a video call from her husband shortly after reading the viral hashtag on Twitter. “It worked with us. Not only a voice call, but we used the video calling feature,” Fatima said. “I was really thrilled to hear the news and immediately told my sister residing in the UAE that we can use this calling feature anytime, however, unfortunately, the call didn’t go through when we tried it.” Fatima suggested that it is due to the different wi-fi network.

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WhatsApp calling working in Saudi Arabia… or is it?

Author: 
AISHA FAREED & NADA HAMEED
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473035150800

JEDDAH: Some WhatsApp users in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday expressed their delight at being able to make phone calls through the app, a feature that was previously not working.
Others, however, failed to see what the fuss was about as the popular communication app’s calling function was unresponsive as ever.
The Communications and Information Technology Commission, the agency that regulates telecoms in Saudi Arabia, released a statement saying that it would “like to clarify that it did not direct/order to block nor return such a feature” to service, and that it was following up on the issue with Internet service providers.
Some users told Arab News they could make calls without problem: “Yes it is working good but it’s very surprising,” one said via social media.
For other people, however, the service was allowing them to place calls, but the call dropped after the recipient tried to answer.
Several users said the feature wasn’t functioning, with one in the Kingdom posting that it is “not working at all.”
An Arabic hashtag on Twitter about the app’s calling facility was trending on Wednesday. One person tweeted: “Do we have to pay to make a call? Why can’t we enjoy the free service,” while another posted “I don’t really care for phone calls why is everyone bothered!”
The calling feature was welcomed last year when it was made available on users’ devices, even though WhatsApp had said it would not be available in all countries “due to local laws and regulations.”
Many WhatsApp users complained that the only way to call someone via WhatsApp is to be connected to the same wi-fi network. “I tried to use this feature, but it didn’t work. It only works if you and recipient are on the same wi-fi, which is stupid,” Indian Careem driver Kheder told Arab News.
Meanwhile, Fatima Ahmed, housewife, successfully received a video call from her husband shortly after reading the viral hashtag on Twitter. “It worked with us. Not only a voice call, but we used the video calling feature,” Fatima said. “I was really thrilled to hear the news and immediately told my sister residing in the UAE that we can use this calling feature anytime, however, unfortunately, the call didn’t go through when we tried it.” Fatima suggested that it is due to the different wi-fi network.

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Labor Ministry provides family advice in over 4,800 cases in 3 years

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473055151100

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday said it has provided family advice in 4,840 cases in the past three years, eighty percent of counseling were for women.
The ministry has established a family education center in Riyadh to deal with social issues that Saudis may face, and offer solutions according to Saudi tradition. It has provided a toll-free hotline, 8001245005, to take complaints about family problems.
The ministry has also sought to develop the services of support and family counseling centers in the Kingdom, as per the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
The move aims to create a full-fledged system for social protection, and to help those who need counseling, via specialized teams that will function according to international standards.
The ministry has started implementing an initiative that lays out standards for family advisers and family education centers. It has also studied a mechanism to license and train professional counselors and connect centers electronically, as it plans to assign the centers to the private sector. The ministry will increase the number of social workers to 21,000, and that of family education centers and social protection units to 200 by 2020, which will help reduce the number of divorce cases and family disputes.
The initiatives are taken in partnership with the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, and 18 other government agencies.
A total of 755 initiatives focus on economic, social and development issues, and are expected to contribute to the transformation of the Kingdom into the digital age, enhance public-private partnerships (PPP), generate job opportunities and expand local content.
The ministry said Saudi citizens and residents can report domestic violence or abuse against children by telephoning 1919, e-mailing 1919@mlsd.gov.sa, faxing 0112927742, or visiting one of the ministry’s social protection units in various regions of the Kingdom.
The center’s teams are tasked with receiving reports on abuse or negligence, studying and classifying these reports, offering services along with investigation, and providing a follow-up number to the person who initiated the report, as well as using SMS for updates, said the ministry.

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Labor Ministry provides family advice in over 4,800 cases in 3 years

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489695473055151100

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Wednesday said it has provided family advice in 4,840 cases in the past three years, eighty percent of counseling were for women.
The ministry has established a family education center in Riyadh to deal with social issues that Saudis may face, and offer solutions according to Saudi tradition. It has provided a toll-free hotline, 8001245005, to take complaints about family problems.
The ministry has also sought to develop the services of support and family counseling centers in the Kingdom, as per the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
The move aims to create a full-fledged system for social protection, and to help those who need counseling, via specialized teams that will function according to international standards.
The ministry has started implementing an initiative that lays out standards for family advisers and family education centers. It has also studied a mechanism to license and train professional counselors and connect centers electronically, as it plans to assign the centers to the private sector. The ministry will increase the number of social workers to 21,000, and that of family education centers and social protection units to 200 by 2020, which will help reduce the number of divorce cases and family disputes.
The initiatives are taken in partnership with the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, and 18 other government agencies.
A total of 755 initiatives focus on economic, social and development issues, and are expected to contribute to the transformation of the Kingdom into the digital age, enhance public-private partnerships (PPP), generate job opportunities and expand local content.
The ministry said Saudi citizens and residents can report domestic violence or abuse against children by telephoning 1919, e-mailing 1919@mlsd.gov.sa, faxing 0112927742, or visiting one of the ministry’s social protection units in various regions of the Kingdom.
The center’s teams are tasked with receiving reports on abuse or negligence, studying and classifying these reports, offering services along with investigation, and providing a follow-up number to the person who initiated the report, as well as using SMS for updates, said the ministry.

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500 Saudis, Chinese businessmen discuss new opportunities

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489694610785051700

RIYADH: A one-day Saudi-Chinese Investment Forum ended in an upbeat mood on Thursday with 45 agreements signed between China and the Kingdom.
Abdullah Al-Meleihi, board member of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), told Arab News from Beijing that the Saudi government also issued licenses to two big Chinese firms.
He added that the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) made a presentation on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
He added that King Salman attended the closing ceremony with Minister of Economy and Planning Adel Fakeih delivering the closing address.
He said that more than 500 Saudi and Chinese businessmen attended the forum held in conjunction with Salman’s visit.
“The Saudi businessmen and Chinese counterparts did mega business deals during King Salman’s visit to China,” Al-Meleihi said.
He noted that Saudi-Chinese trade relationship has increased gradually over the years and the Kingdom has regained its position as the largest supplier of crude oil to China, citing data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
The data indicated that China’s imports of Saudi crude oil increased 18.9 percent in January to reach 5.03 million tons or the equivalent of 1.18 trillion barrels per day.
Al-Meleihi noted that there had been a growing Chinese interest in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) ahead of King Salman’s visit to Asia.
Reuters reported earlier that Saudi Aramco had asked JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley to assist with its mammoth initial public share offer and could call on another bank with access to Chinese investors.
Al-Meleihi, who is also the chairman of Al Ramez International Group, added that China remains the largest trading partner of Arab countries that include the Kingdom, Egypt and Iraq.
He added that the latest figures from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce showed that the total business volume between China and Arab countries in 2016 touched $171.14 billion.

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500 Saudis, Chinese businessmen discuss new opportunities

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Fri, 2017-03-17
ID: 
1489694610785051700

RIYADH: A one-day Saudi-Chinese Investment Forum ended in an upbeat mood on Thursday with 45 agreements signed between China and the Kingdom.
Abdullah Al-Meleihi, board member of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), told Arab News from Beijing that the Saudi government also issued licenses to two big Chinese firms.
He added that the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) made a presentation on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
He added that King Salman attended the closing ceremony with Minister of Economy and Planning Adel Fakeih delivering the closing address.
He said that more than 500 Saudi and Chinese businessmen attended the forum held in conjunction with Salman’s visit.
“The Saudi businessmen and Chinese counterparts did mega business deals during King Salman’s visit to China,” Al-Meleihi said.
He noted that Saudi-Chinese trade relationship has increased gradually over the years and the Kingdom has regained its position as the largest supplier of crude oil to China, citing data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
The data indicated that China’s imports of Saudi crude oil increased 18.9 percent in January to reach 5.03 million tons or the equivalent of 1.18 trillion barrels per day.
Al-Meleihi noted that there had been a growing Chinese interest in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) ahead of King Salman’s visit to Asia.
Reuters reported earlier that Saudi Aramco had asked JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley to assist with its mammoth initial public share offer and could call on another bank with access to Chinese investors.
Al-Meleihi, who is also the chairman of Al Ramez International Group, added that China remains the largest trading partner of Arab countries that include the Kingdom, Egypt and Iraq.
He added that the latest figures from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce showed that the total business volume between China and Arab countries in 2016 touched $171.14 billion.

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