Forum on SMEs, food security planned

Updated 29 December 2012
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Forum on SMEs, food security planned

An upcoming Arab Private Sector Forum will witness 21 proposals for development projects, Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) Chairman Abdullah Al-Mobty said yesterday.
The forum is set to take place in Riyadh on Jan. 12.
The proposals will focus on specific economic sectors, such as food security, small and medium-sized enterprises, agricultural and livestock enterprises, housing, youth employment, and technology related initiatives.
Workshops and presentations will enlighten the audience so they can discuss the best methods to finance and implement the proposals.
Al-Mobty explained that the Arab world would require 70 million jobs in the next decade. “This is an opportunity to gear ourselves to meet the growing demand by introducing new projects to suit the needs of the Arab states.”
The projects would be implemented across the Arab region and would contribute to strengthening the joint Arab economic ventures as well as job creation at a time when the population is growing rapidly.
He pointed out that the new projects would benefit both the public and private sectors. He also noted that those projects were selected based on high-level standards in terms of feasibility, added value and the comparative advantages for countries that would implement them.
The prominent institutions that will present their projects would include the Arab Labor Organization (ALO), the Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO), the Islamic Development Bank, the Arab ICT Organization (AICTO), the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) Kuwait, and the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD).


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.