Chair for volunteer work studies opened at IMSIU

Updated 21 March 2013
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Chair for volunteer work studies opened at IMSIU

Prince Mohammad bin Fahd, chairman of the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Foundation for Humanitarian Development (PMFHD) has inaugurated a new chair for volunteer work studies in his name at Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) in Riyadh on Monday.
“The chair is part of the comprehensive activities of PMFHD that works for youth development, providing low-cost housing, the development of women and social rehabilitation,” said Prince Mohammad.
The foundation also has a college for ophthalmology, a chair for youth initiatives, a fund for the industry’s development for youth, Princess Nouf bint Mohammad for the support of women who work, a chair for civilizations studies. It also gives out an award for charity work services.
Prince Mohammad said the move comes as part of strategic action plan of the foundation, which aimed at creating chairs and programs in various fields. These would mainly be focused on the rehabilitation of young people in several universities and educational institutions in the country. Prince Turki bin Mohammed, PMFHD’s chairman of the executive committee said the foundation has completed all preparation of a strategic action plan for the next three years. This is aimed at human development in several areas in the Kingdom by offering practical programs and projects to meet the needs of beneficiaries.
“The organization seeks to target larger numbers of beneficiaries for its programs to cover all parts of the Kingdom,” said Prince Turki.
The visit comes within the framework of the existing cooperation between PMFHD and the IMSIU.

 


Saudi Crown prince’s India visit will help expand ties beyond energy

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to India will boost robust interactions that New Delhi has established with Saudi Arabia over the last few years. (Supplied)
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Saudi Crown prince’s India visit will help expand ties beyond energy

  • New Delhi’s participation in Kingdom’s mega projects a major aspect of renewed ties: Talmiz Ahmad

NEW DELHI: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first visit to India is a landmark development in bilateral ties between India and Saudi Arabia, according to Talmiz Ahmad, a former ambassador to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is India’s largest supplier of crude oil, but since taking office in 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to use India’s growing economy to attract more investment from Saudi Arabia beyond energy, and foster cooperation on trade, infrastructure and defense.

Ahmad, author of several books on the Arab world and twice India’s Ambassador to Riyadh, said that while the backbone of New Delhi’s relationship with the Kingdom is energy, the two sides had been discussing “how to give greater substance and longevity to the relationship on the basis of concrete projects.”

Reuters reported this week that India is expecting Prince Salman to announce an initial investment in its National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a quasi-sovereign wealth fund, to help accelerate the building of ports and highways. Saudi Arabia has also suggested investing in India’s farming industry, with an eye on food imports to the Kingdom. 

Ahmad said Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project, a $500 billion smart city in Tabuk province on the Egyptian and Jordanian borders, would also provide great opportunities for Indian companies. 

He added that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the crown prince’s blueprint to fundamentally transform Kingdom’s economy, presents another opportunity for Indian businesses to prosper from the relationship.

“India is extremely well placed,” said Ahmad. “We are world leaders in small and medium enterprises and in the services sector. Saudi Arabia also has proposals to develop its tourism and leisure sectors, and I believe India is also well placed in those areas too.”

He also discussed how the strategic partnership had been initiated by former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited Riyadh in 2010, but that Modi, who visited in 2016, had added “considerable substance” to the relationship.

He stressed, though, that Riyadh’s ties with India are independent of its relationship with Pakistan. He added India and Saudi Arabia were also working together to improve the security situation in Afghanistan, to resolve the 17-year conflict between government forces and the Afghan Taliban, as well as in the wider West Asia region. 

“India has excellent relations with all the countries in West Asia, and New Delhi is well placed to address some of the concerns that all the countries have with each other,” he said.