200 copies of Braille Qur’an distributed

Updated 04 September 2013
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200 copies of Braille Qur’an distributed

The Ebsar Charitable Organization and Association for Visual Impairment has distributed 200 copies of Braille Qur’an in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries with the cooperation of King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah.
Mohammed Tawfiq Bellow, secretary-general of the association, said that this was the second phase of distribution of Braille Qur’an to the blind and visually-impaired. The first phase of distribution of Braille Qur’an was held toward the end of 2012.
Bellow said: “Most of the people can read Qur’an from Braille, but they don’t have copies, and 20 percent of the copies have been distributed among schools both within and outside the kingdom.”
According to a study conducted by the association, almost 27 percent of beneficiaries of the current phase showed that they can read and write in Braille and that of these, nearly 60 percent are excellent and professional, while another 25 percent are considered weak.
Bellow said that the majority of visually-impaired individuals need copies of Braille Qur’an. However, only a small number of Braille Qur’an copies are published and need to be organized for their distribution.
He said that printing technology should include other mechanisms such as methods of printing, braille handwriting, provisions of intonation and diacritical marks and installation, without which reading properly becomes a difficulty.
He also said that Esbar will continue with the distribution of Braille Qur’an, as they are reference for many associations for the visually impaired in the Arab and Islamic world.
The copy of Braille Qur’an has six volumes. Each folder contains 991 pages and is divided into five parts.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.