Ensan orphanage elects new 13-member board of directors

Updated 29 July 2012

Ensan orphanage elects new 13-member board of directors

The Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans (Ensan) elected on Tuesday its board of directors.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam is chairman of the 13-member board and Prince Faisal bin Salman is head of the executive committee.
Saleh Al-Yosuf, director of the society, said Ensan discussed four main issues and is waiting for the new board to approve recommendations to tackle them.
They include reviewing the society’s estimated budget for 2012; authorizing the board to take necessary action regarding the society’s properties and investments in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Affairs; authorizing the board to reconsider changing the society’s logo; and approving the society’s policy of opening new branches that has been studied by the executive committee and approved by the former board of directors.
Ensan has prepared a program to assess prospective foster mothers.
Officials at Ensan called for the regulations governing foster mothers to be reconsidered and to give them official government support.
Al-Yosuf said there is a road map to reorganize orphan care services in Saudi Arabia and to develop the programs provided already by the public and private sectors.
Al-Yosuf said: “Ensan will give more attention to orphans’ needs after they leave the orphanage.
“Ensan will work on providing them accommodation and jobs.”
He said there is a special committee to execute the recommendations, of which most have already been implemented.
Al-Yosuf encouraged prospective foster families to volunteer to take care of orphans in line with family laws.
He stressed on the importance of providing accurate data on orphans in the Arab world in addition to taking extra care of adult female orphans.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018

Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.