Saudi Food and Drug Authority conference to discuss support of national industry in food, medicine

Dr. Hisham S. Al-Jadhey, SFDA executive president, center, speaks during a press conference in Riyadh on Tuesday. (AN photo)
Updated 18 October 2017
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Saudi Food and Drug Authority conference to discuss support of national industry in food, medicine

RIYADH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) will host a major conference next month to discuss support of national industry in the food and medicine sectors.
The three-day conference will be inaugurated on Nov. 7, with the theme of “Towards a national pioneering industry in the fields of food, medicine and medical devices.”
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday at the headquarters of the SFDA, Dr. Hisham S. Al-Jadhey, SFDA executive president, said that “about 150 top-notch experts working in the fields of food and medicine will participate in the event.”
The press briefing was also attended by Dr. Nasser Fahd bin Dhim, a consultant for the authority, and Mazin Mousa Al-Ismael, executive director of public affairs.
Spelling out details of the conference, Al-Jadhey said: “The event, under the patronage of the chairman of the SFDA board of directors, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, is being organized for the first time to offer a platform for scientific and practical discussions during which scientific and regulatory developments will be presented in fields related to the work of SFDA, localization of experiences, and knowledge enrichment in food and medicine education.”
He said that the SFDA seeks to achieve its objectives within the framework of Vision 2030 by enhancing efficiency, transparency and creating the necessary environment for citizens, companies and businesses to take the initiative. “Together, they will all face challenges and seize opportunities to ensure food safety, as well as the safety of medical devices and products,” he added.
“The conference will discuss food control and legislation; food safety and risk assessment; feed and its impact on human and animal health; contaminants and pesticide residues in food; nutrition policies and their impact on public health; and innovative food legislation and standards,” said a statement distributed after the press conference.
In the field of medicine, the statement said, event participants will discuss control and legislation of medicines and preparations; localization of the pharmaceutical industry; pharmaceutical fraud; quality of drugs and preparations; pharmacological alertness; and pharmaceutical epidemiology. The conference will also discuss control and legislation of medical devices, the localization of their industry, their testing and calibration.
The conference will include lectures, seminars, scientific and applied workshops, and training courses. The annual conference is expected to have a significant impact on health and knowledge enrichment in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food sectors.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.