Al-Rabeeah to train team of surgeons in twin separation

Updated 24 December 2012

Al-Rabeeah to train team of surgeons in twin separation

After successfully separating the two Saudi conjoined twins Abdullah and Salman in King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, minister of health and head of the conjoined-twins’ surgery team, announced that he intends to mentor more Saudi surgeons to perform this type of operation.
Al-Rabeeah said that the participation of medical students in such rare operations is a crucial step toward the preparation of a new generation of qualified surgeons specialized in this field.
He also expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Vice Chancellors of King Saud University for Health Sciences and Al Qasim University, in providing their medical students with the opportunity to participate in such operations.
Al-Rabeeah said the success of the operation is a milestone for the entire Kingdom and was the fruit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman’s great support and encouragement.
“This is the 31st successful operation, which was undertaken in 8 hours 30 minutes, in King Abdul Aziz Medical City – National Guard. The first operation was in 1990.”
He also expressed his gratitude for the parents and the leadership’s trust in the medical team, which fueled their motivation and drove them to achieve greater successes.
Meanwhile, the minister urged employees working in the internal auditing departments throughout the Kingdom to adhere to the highest levels of professionalism, transparency and fairness in order to uplift the auditing profession.
“Auditors should aim to concentrate their attention and care toward servicing the ministries’ beneficiaries. The second phase of the auditing work involves shifting away from stiff bureaucratic controls, toward developing systems and policies that facilitate the accomplishment of tasks with utmost professionalism,” said Al-Rabeeah.
Al-Rabeeah spoke after meeting with the directors of the internal audit departments in the various health directorates to convey the ministry’s support for their hard work and accomplishments.
He explained that the benchmark for the success of any internal department is the minimum level of complaints and observations made by the citizens and watchdog institutions.

Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 33 min 44 sec ago

Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.