KSA endorses GCC customs tariff

Updated 27 November 2012
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KSA endorses GCC customs tariff

The Council of Ministers yesterday endorsed the 2012 version of the unified GCC customs tariff, which is expected to boost trade between the six-member group. It also decided to set up a national health data center.
Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said the Cabinet, which was chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, approved a number of resolutions taken by the GCC summit, which was held in Riyadh on Dec. 20, 2011.
At the outset of the Cabinet meeting, Prince Salman reassured all people about the health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, praying to Allah the Almighty to preserve the king and bestow upon him good health and quick recovery.
The Cabinet stressed the importance of the truce reached by the Palestinians and Israelis and called for concerted efforts to force Israel to implement the agreement and to lift its inhumane siege on the Gaza Strip.
The Cabinet approved the GCC decision to use smart card as proof of identity for GCC nationals in transactions at the public and private sectors, Khoja said. “The concerned authorities of the member states shall issue the legislation and decisions binding the public and private sectors to accept identity cards as proof of identity for GCC citizens,” he said, adding that application of the system shall be based on the readiness of the member states to do so.
The Cabinet also approved the creation of a commission of GCC Customs Union and the timetable for the implementation of the final status of the Customs Union with all its requirements, taking into account coordination by the Ministry of Finance with the concerned authorities when examining the requirements of the Customs Union, which will be applied at the first port of entry of the GCC states.
The Cabinet endorsed the GCC plan to combat noncommunicable diseases. Provision of the necessary budgets to support the GCC ministries of health to address noncommunicable diseases shall be in accordance with the provisions and possibilities available to the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah