King Salman Military Hospital to celebrate World Anti-Drugs Day

The exhibition includes an introduction on narcotics and drugs, reasons for falling victim to them and ways to recover from addiction. (SPA)
Updated 17 July 2017
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King Salman Military Hospital to celebrate World Anti-Drugs Day

JEDDAH: The King Salman Armed Forces Hospital-Northwestern Region has organized events to celebrate World Anti-Drugs Day, including an exhibition on the hazards and threats of drugs and liquor, in the presence of the deputy director general of the public administration for medical services for the military, Dr. Ghalib bin Huraib.
Maj. Gen. Dr. Atiyah bin Mohammed Al-Zahrani, general director of the hospital, said organizing the events is the result of the unlimited support given to all military forces in the Kingdom, and the medical services of the armed forces, by the Saudi leadership.
Al-Zahrani said the exhibition will include an introduction on narcotics and drugs, reasons for falling victim to them and ways to recover from addiction.
The five-days exhibition enjoys wide participation from the military and relevant bodies in Tabuk.
Meanwhile, Border guards last week arrested 18 people who tried to smuggle large quantities of drugs across the Saudi-Yemeni border.
Approximately half a ton of cannabis, Captagon tablets, and weapons and ammunition were seized.
The spokesman of the border guards, Col. Saher bin Mohammed Al-Harbi, said: “The border guards in Jazan and Najran during the past week managed to thwart several attempts to smuggle quantities of cannabis and narcotic pills.”
He also said people were spotted trying to infiltrate into the Kingdom from Yemen to smuggle narcotics.
“Thirteen Ethiopians, two Saudis and three Yemenis were arrested. The total amounts seized were 387,245 kg of cannabis and 1,514 amphetamine (Captagon) tablets,” he said.
All security procedures were carried out against the accused and the drugs were confiscated. The operations were conducted in cooperation with other security agencies.


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.