Youth participation ‘encouraging’

Updated 22 March 2013
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Youth participation ‘encouraging’

About 50 Saudi youths joined the Jeddah Economic Forum in a Q&A session with Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to discuss housing issues and suggest solutions for the problems.
“I am very happy at this moment when I participate with my sons and daughters and talk about social and national issues and I am very proud of their wonderful level of experience which is very promising for the future of this nation,” said Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. “We are on the way to achieving a global presence and these ideas and projects that I heard from the youth makes me excited and makes me insist on continuing with the strategy that helps developing this region and that we started five years ago.”
The prince promised to look into the ideas, suggestions and studies that the youths presented on the session and demanded that they keep giving him suggestions.
“You do not need a leader, you need someone to serve you and I am that,” he said. “I am with you and for you and I will do my best through you and through your association and I am very happy that some of the speakers are young women and members of the Makkah Youth Society.”
Al-Aghar Group hosted the session.
“In 2011, we released a new initiative called the intellectual container under the slogan ‘today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.’ This aimed to built a connection and exchange knowledge between the Saudi youth and the decision-makers in the Kingdom,” said Fahad Abu Al-Naser, CEO of Al-Aghar Group. “The youth session was held to help the Saudi youths express their opinion and suggest ideas as solutions for the housing problems that we face today,” he added.
The session was impressive, according to Yasminah Hashim, a member of Lawyers United. “Whereas the exposure gained from presenting these ideas has benefits of its own, it seems that the presenting youths hoped to gain more by presenting than just a few encouraging sentences by representatives of the state,” she said.
“There is need for concrete steps to reflect the seriousness of the people responsible about truly involving the youth. We, the youth, no longer want to be involved “symbolically” as it will take us nowhere,” she added.


Saudi Arabia ‘building bridges’ with space science, KACST chief tells Vienna forum

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), speaking before the UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna on June 20, 2018. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia ‘building bridges’ with space science, KACST chief tells Vienna forum

  • Between 2000 and 2017, the Kingdom launched 13 Saudi satellites along with three other satellites for communication remote sensing and scientific experiment services.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia took part on Wednesday in a UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna.

The Kingdom’s delegation was headed by Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Saudi Arabia is an important member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
In a speech to the conference, Prince Turki bin Saud said that the Kingdom has spared no effort to get and localize the best space sciences and techniques for use in vital fields, including education, health and management of water and natural resources, urban planning, environment surveillance, and telecommunications and satellite navigation.
The Kingdom has set a sustainable program for the satellite technology and applications that focuses on qualifying Saudi scholars, engineers and specialists, and developing infrastructure to support and sustain the country’s space industry.
Between 2000 and 2017, the Kingdom launched 13 Saudi satellites along with three other satellites for communication remote sensing and scientific experiment services. By the end of 2018, the Saudi Communication Satellite KA (SGS-1) that is being developed in cooperation with the US Lockheed Martin Company will be launched. This project includes an advanced qualification of Saudi cadres in the field of satellite designing, building and experimenting.
Prince Turki said the Kingdom established the first ground station in the region to obtain high-resolution images, operated by a center specializing in remote sensing technology in KACST. Two satellites will be launched this year, followed by other satellites in coming years to meet local needs.
He said: “Our space scientific missions in the future rely on the approach of small-scale satellite use, which contributes to achieving the low-cost scientific results in comparison with the current international missions. The Kingdom is seeking though its ambitious Vision 2030 and executive programs to build bridges of cooperation with the states that share the same interests of exploring the outer space for the common good of humankind.”
Prince Turki congratulated the Kingdom at the end of his speech on the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on Exploration and Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space. He praised the efforts of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Committee and thanked the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, represented by its head Simonetta Di Pippo.