KSA, Japan seek avenues for scientific cooperation

Updated 12 April 2014
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KSA, Japan seek avenues for scientific cooperation

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Japan are exploring opportunities for scientific cooperation in the field of research activities for the benefit of the two countries.
Last week, KACST President Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel and the founding chairman of The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum in Japan Koji Omi held talks as to how best the two bodies could cooperate to promote research activities in the Kingdom.
In a statement following the talks, Al-Suwaiyel said the two organizations are exploring the feasibility of helping each other in research activities that could benefit both countries.
During the talks, Al-Suwaiyel explained to the visiting delegation that KACST is currently focused on development and investment in the national system of science, technology and innovation to promote the building of a knowledge-based society to serve sustainable development in the Kingdom.
Omi said that the two countries could exchange experiences in many fields for mutual benefits.
The KACST is an independent scientific organization which serves as the country’s national science agency and its national laboratory. The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services such as the patent office. KACST currently has over 3,000 employees.
It has supported many scientific research projects aiming to serve developmental issues in various sectors. These research projects have yielded good results which have benefited various parties of both the private and public sectors.
KACST has also provided scientists, researchers and students in Saudi universities with considerable support and services. The city is also in the process of implementing many research projects in its well-equipped labs and research centers.
The efforts of KACST in the area of science and technology have culminated in the approval of the Council of Ministers of the National Policy of Science and Technology, as the first step toward completing the strategy and plans needed to implement the policies of the Comprehensive National Plan for Science and Technology, which outline and define the future directions of the system of science, technology and innovation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
KACST has successfully completed the first quinquennial (happening once every five years) plan for science and technology (2006/2007-2009/2010) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Planning and the participation of many related parties in the Kingdom.


Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

Updated 21 August 2018
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Baby boy born in Arafat holy site during Hajj

JEDDAH: A baby boy was born at a holy site in Saudi Arabia while Muslim pilgrims were performing Hajj rituals on Monday.

A Saudi Press Agency report said a Jordanian woman gave birth to the baby at the Jabal Al-Rahma Hospital in Arafat .

Arafat, about 20 kilometers southeast of Makkah, is where Muslims performing Hajj go to pray on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar for the most important part of the pilgrimage. 

The father named the child "Wadah" after the director of the hospital for his kind care and attention, the report said.

It added that the hospital's medical staff provided medical care for the child and his mother, who are both in good health.