King Abdullah Chair to monitor food prices

Updated 09 July 2012
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King Abdullah Chair to monitor food prices

To keep prices of essential food items at reasonable levels, the King Abdullah Chair for Food Security at the King Saud University in Riyadh will shortly start monitoring them, said its head Khalid Al-Ruwais.
“The chair has signed an agreement with the Food Security Committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry to establish a center to monitor price fluctuations of strategic foods over the next 10 years,” Al-Ruwais said in a statement quoted by Al-Sharq daily yesterday. The center will start working by the end of August, after the month of Ramadan.
It will monitor the international markets for strategic commodities and also the prices at local markets.
Al-Ruwais said the world index of the Food and Agricultural Organization for strategic food items is falling. “The prices of items such as sugar, grains and meat must have fallen at most local market as well. But the opposite is happening in the Kingdom,” he said.
Private agents and distributors control the import of food commodities.
“Distributors and retailers are responsible for price hikes. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Consumer Protection Society should double their efforts to check price manipulations, particularly before the arrival of Ramadan,” he said.
He attributed the rising prices in the Kingdom's markets — while prices are falling in the exporting countries — to the government’s lack of control on traders who manipulate prices.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.