Saudi clinics treat 3,034 Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp

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Arab News
Sat, 2017-01-21
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AMMAN: Specialized Saudi clinics treated 3,034 Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp during week 211 of the Saudi national medical campaign “My Brother, Your Health is My Concern.”
Records for this week indicate that 964 children were treated at the pediatrics clinic, including those suffering from seasonal illnesses.
The cardiology clinic received 157 patients, the gynecology clinic 211, the dentistry clinic 136, the surgical unit 42, the rheumatology clinic 157, the dermatology clinic 295, and the ENT clinic 306.
The vaccinations clinic provided vaccinations to 226 children, and the laboratory carried out 118 diagnostic tests.
Medical director of the specialized Saudi clinics, Dr. Hamed Al-Maafalani, said clinics receive Syrian refugees every day, and provide necessary medical services in an organized manner via qualified medical cadres.
He said the clinics enjoy a good reputation at the camp among other organizations and Syrian refugees.
Regional director of the Saudi national campaign, Dr. Bader bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, said the clinics have developed noticeably since their launch, and provided a diverse array of services to Syrian refugees.

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Customs foil attempt to smuggle 975g of methamphetamine

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Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Sat, 2017-01-21
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RIYADH: Customs at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah have foiled an attempt to smuggle 975 grams of methamphetamine, a drug that is banned in the Kingdom.
Faisal Al-Dabbagh, director general of customs at the airport, said the methamphetamine was hidden in a passenger’s bag.
Methamphetamine, contracted from N-Methylamphetamine, is a strong central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is used as a recreational drug.
Al-Dabbagh said methamphetamine is addictive and poses a danger to health, so the Kingdom is determined to prevent its entry to protect the homeland and citizens.
Customs at the airport have foiled similar attempts to smuggle prohibited drugs into the Kingdom in the past, including 1,360 grams of cocaine hidden in the bowels of two passengers who arrived in the Kingdom.
Smugglers have used various ways to conceal prohibited drugs, such as in food preservatives.

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Ministry to register citizen accounts beginning Feb. 1

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Arab News
Sat, 2017-01-21
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RIYADH: Majed Al-Iseimi, supervisor of the citizen’s account program, said the Ministry of Labor has finalized the organizational skeleton at the account program before launching it officially.
He said that a communication center has been set up to receive beneficiaries’ inquiries, with more than 365 supervisors and communication officers working around the clock to serve beneficiaries.
A center for technical support has also been prepared with more than 142 employees, in addition to 73 engineers from Ilm for information security to offer high-quality services to citizens.
Al-Iseimi said registration in the program is available to citizens at all times, beginning Feb. 1. Citizens do not need to rush registration during the first few days since the electronic portal is open 24 hours.
Citizens can obtain information through the electronic portal or through the program’s official account on Twitter @citizenaccount or through the call center.

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MoH targets unlicensed healthcare workers for prosecution

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Mohammed Rasooldeen
Sat, 2017-01-21
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RIYADH: The Ministry of Health (MoH) warned on Friday that unlicensed health practitioners will be referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP) for necessary action.
As part of its move to promote patient safety and control irregular practices of the health profession, the MoH announced that it has agreed with the BIPP to carry out the investigation and prosecution powers of offenses punishable with prison terms under the Health Profession Practice Law.
This comes in implementation of the Royal Decree provided for transferring specialties of the departments and committees pertaining to investigation and prosecution in criminal offenses to the Bureau.
MoH official spokesman Meshal Al-Rubai’an said the ministry will start referring the violators directly to the BIPP.
He said violators include individuals practicing without a license, providing false information, using one of the advertising means to make the public believe he has the right to practice health professions contrary to the truth or impersonate one of the titles usually given to the practitioners of health professions, or keeping one of the health profession’s tools or equipment without being licensed or having a legitimate reason to possess them, or being involved in trafficking human organs.
Al-Rubai’an said the measures will curb irregular practices, which endanger patient safety when unlicensed practitioners (doctors, specialists, nurses) perform surgeries or other medical procedures without adherence to the governing measures.
The measure also includes examinations and training that qualify the practitioner to get the license.
The ministry confirmed to all health practitioners in the private and public sectors the importance of applying the standards of patient safety, commitment to regulatory licenses, qualification from the Saudi Council of Health Specialities (SCHS), adherence to patients’ health and achieving their safety, making it the focus of their interest, and a commitment to professional ethics and the Health Profession Practice Law.
The MoH established a new unit to enhance commitment to laws and professional ethics in the public and private sectors. Last year the ministry visited 21,899 private health facilities and closed 908, including three hospitals, 358 clinics and complexes, 191 pharmacies and 256 other facilities.
The ministry also reported that the Committee on the Violation of the Health Profession Practice Law reached issued 1,532 decisions on alleged violations of private health institutions law that involved 95 hospitals, 594 clinics and complexes, 581 pharmacies and 262 other health facilities.

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25,000 electronic sales licenses issued in 2016

Author: 
Mohammed Rasooldeen
Sat, 2017-01-21
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1484957577242451700

RIYADH: The Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) issued more than 25,000 e-licenses for sales last year.
“This e-service, launched by the ministry last year, has witnessed increasing demand from shops since it is easy and quick to issue e-licenses,” an MCI official said.
According to MCI statistics, Riyadh, Makkah and the Eastern Region were the highest-ranked regions in terms of getting e-licenses.
The ministry launched the issuance of sales licenses electronically via its official website. The service, said the official, will be added to other e-services that serve the commercial sector, allowing traders to issue sales licenses electronically from their offices in any region of the Kingdom by visiting sales.mci.gov.sa.​
This is part of the ministry’s efforts to verify and check the authenticity of sales, ensure the absence of manipulation and misleading of consumers, and eliminate false offers.
With sales licenses issued electronically, owners can issue and print them in all regions of the Kingdom using their commercial registration.
The e-service enables beneficiaries to add the agency or trade mark subject of the sales, and a trader can extend the duration of the license automatically.
Meanwhile, the MCI is planning, in cooperation with Thiqa Business Services Co., to launch an application enabling consumers to reach shops with sales or special offers via GPS, along with the possibility of reporting violations via the Commercial Violation Report to eliminate false sales and enable consumers to get the best offers via the MCI database.

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‘Saudi Arabia is going to be private-sector led’

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ARAB NEWS
Fri, 2017-01-20
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1484861490897009600

DAVOS, Switzerland: Saudi Arabia has plans to involve the private sector under its Vision 2030 reform plan, the energy minister told the World Economic Forum on Thursday.
A target is in place to make private business contribute some 65 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih told the Annual Meeting in Davos.
Speaking on a panel entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Path to 2030,” Al-Falih said how some aspects of the “huge,” “audacious” and “ambitious” reform plan will work.
Vision 2030 calls for development of non-oil industries, small and medium enterprises, and a broader investment base. And the private sector and business will be integral to the reforms, Al-Falih said.
“Privatization is going to be key. The future Saudi Arabia is going to be private-sector led,” the minister said.
The diversification of the economy will see Saudi Arabia’s mining industry grow from being worth about $15 billion today “at least to $60 billion … or more,” the minister said.
He also described the “soft factors” that will be important in transforming Saudi Arabia’s economy.
“We are going to turn Saudi Arabia into a softer place, a more pleasant place to live. We are going to strive to make people happy within the Kingdom,” he said.
Saudi’s Vision 2030 plan calls for more sporting and cultural activities — including more entertainment facilities — as well as a greater economic role for women.
“We are going to promote tolerance in our society,” Al-Falih said. “Opening more opportunities for women is a centerpiece of Vision 2030.”
Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi minister of finance, told the panel how the Kingdom plans to reform its subsidy system.
“Currently there is a lot of misdirected subsidy — people who don’t need subsidy are actually consuming more than those who actually need it,” he said.
But this will change under the new “Citizen Account” program that will be used to distribute allowances, the minister pointed out.
Fellow panel member Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi said Vision 2030 is “a proactive plan,” and that the government has a stimulus package for private sector investment.
Laurence D. Fink, chief executive of asset management giant BlackRock, said that he saw great investment opportunities in the Kingdom.
“We believe that the opportunities in the Kingdom can be very large for our investors,” he told the panel in Davos.
Andrew N. Liveris, chief executive of The Dow Chemical Company, said there is an “alignment of the government and private sector” in Saudi Arabia.
Standards of transparency are “accelerating” in the country, Liveris added.
“This is a business-orientated government… transparency is as good as anywhere we operate in, including the US,” he said.
“I think Saudi Arabia is the greatest story never told. And I think we’ve got to tell it.”

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‘Saudi Arabia is going to be private-sector led’

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ARAB NEWS
Fri, 2017-01-20
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1484861490897009600

DAVOS, Switzerland: Saudi Arabia has plans to involve the private sector under its Vision 2030 reform plan, the energy minister told the World Economic Forum on Thursday.
A target is in place to make private business contribute some 65 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih told the Annual Meeting in Davos.
Speaking on a panel entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Path to 2030,” Al-Falih said how some aspects of the “huge,” “audacious” and “ambitious” reform plan will work.
Vision 2030 calls for development of non-oil industries, small and medium enterprises, and a broader investment base. And the private sector and business will be integral to the reforms, Al-Falih said.
“Privatization is going to be key. The future Saudi Arabia is going to be private-sector led,” the minister said.
The diversification of the economy will see Saudi Arabia’s mining industry grow from being worth about $15 billion today “at least to $60 billion … or more,” the minister said.
He also described the “soft factors” that will be important in transforming Saudi Arabia’s economy.
“We are going to turn Saudi Arabia into a softer place, a more pleasant place to live. We are going to strive to make people happy within the Kingdom,” he said.
Saudi’s Vision 2030 plan calls for more sporting and cultural activities — including more entertainment facilities — as well as a greater economic role for women.
“We are going to promote tolerance in our society,” Al-Falih said. “Opening more opportunities for women is a centerpiece of Vision 2030.”
Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi minister of finance, told the panel how the Kingdom plans to reform its subsidy system.
“Currently there is a lot of misdirected subsidy — people who don’t need subsidy are actually consuming more than those who actually need it,” he said.
But this will change under the new “Citizen Account” program that will be used to distribute allowances, the minister pointed out.
Fellow panel member Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi said Vision 2030 is “a proactive plan,” and that the government has a stimulus package for private sector investment.
Laurence D. Fink, chief executive of asset management giant BlackRock, said that he saw great investment opportunities in the Kingdom.
“We believe that the opportunities in the Kingdom can be very large for our investors,” he told the panel in Davos.
Andrew N. Liveris, chief executive of The Dow Chemical Company, said there is an “alignment of the government and private sector” in Saudi Arabia.
Standards of transparency are “accelerating” in the country, Liveris added.
“This is a business-orientated government… transparency is as good as anywhere we operate in, including the US,” he said.
“I think Saudi Arabia is the greatest story never told. And I think we’ve got to tell it.”

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Saudis welcome Kingdom’s entry into the wind age

Author: 
RASHID HASSAN
Fri, 2017-01-20
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1484868771867570600

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, expecting to diversify energy sources in line with plans established under Vision 2030, officially entered the wind power age with the commissioning of its first utility-scale wind turbine by Aramco and GE.
The Kingdom marked the commissioning of its first wind energy turbine by providing electricity to its bulk plant facility in Turaif in northwestern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The launch of the first wind energy turbine, developed in partnership with GE, marks a milestone in Saudi Aramco’s plan to realize the national renewable energy target defined in the Saudi Vision 2030.
Dr. Majed Abdullah Al-Hedayan, a legal consultant specializing in foreign investment, told Arab News that “the commissioning of this first wind energy turbine is significant as it marks the start of something new in the energy sector in the Kingdom and very much in line with Saudi Vision 2030 that has set an initial target of generating 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy.”
He added: “It also assumes significance as it came in the week that Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, announced that the Kingdom will shortly launch its renewable energy program, a new engine of growth in wind and solar sectors.”
Nevertheless, it will be another alternative to reduce the energy costs and will encourage more investment projects in near future, he added.
Abdullah Inayat, co-founder and media relations director of W7 Communications, told Arab News that “the successful commissioning of the first utility scale wind power turbine is a welcome step toward reliance on renewable energy which is part of Vision 2030 plan.
“Moreover, this successful demonstration highlights the viability of deploying wind power in the Kingdom to diversify energy sources and to meet an increase in demand,” he said.
Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco’s executive head for power systems, said in a statement that “Saudi Aramco is actively promoting the reduction of energy intensity across the Kingdom by advocating responsible policies, awareness and energy innovation.”
The new wind turbine will generate 2.75 megawatts of power at its peak, enough to power around 250 Saudi households, and it will also reduce the burning of diesel for power generation by 18,600 barrels of oil equivalent per year.
The new initiative for renewable energy will also help reduce the Kingdom’s greenhouse gas emissions and will contribute to global climate action outlined in the Paris climate agreement.

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