Riyadh International Book Fair 2018 begins registration

A visitor reads a book during the Riyadh International Book Fair. (SPA)
Updated 09 November 2017

Riyadh International Book Fair 2018 begins registration

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture and Information announced the start of registration for publishing houses wishing to participate in the Riyadh International Book Fair 2018, from inside and outside the Kingdom, through the official website http://riyadhbookfair.org.sa.
The registration process starts from Nov. 8 and will continue till Dec. 30, the media department of the ministry said. The annual book fair will have a 10-day run at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from March 14 to 24, according to the official website.
The book fair and its accompanying exhibition is keen to attract the largest possible audience in all its aspects, from all age groups, including those who come from within the city and outside, whether through direct visits or visits organized through schools and universities.
Commenting on preparations for the book fair, Abdul Rahman Al-Assem, general supervisor for cultural affairs at the ministry, said that they are working to prepare for the book fair and exhibition in a way that reflects Saudi culture, its international standing, and fulfils the aspirations of those interested in the publishing industry.
Al-Assem, who is also the general supervisor of the exhibition, called on interested publishing houses to abide by the terms and conditions of participation set by the ministry on the exhibition’s website. He stressed the importance of meeting deadlines for registration and completing all procedures, according to the specified conditions.
The annual cultural event that provides a cultural bridge between the Arab region and the wider world by serving as a networking platform for publishers, writers, scholars and academic institutions. It attracts thousands of visitors on a daily basis with a wide participation of local, Arab and world publishing houses.
The annual book fair, which started over a decade ago, puts on display a large number of books on Islam, Arab culture, history, medicine, law, science and technology, mass media and communication, besides biographical accounts, fiction and novels available in popular languages including Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Urdu and Spanish.

Saudi Arabia stresses need for enhanced cooperation in global fight against terrorism

Updated 25 min 14 sec ago

Saudi Arabia stresses need for enhanced cooperation in global fight against terrorism

  • No effort is being spared in the fight against terrorism in the Kingdom
  • A number of initiatives have been developed to address the problem of returning terrorist fighters

JEDDAH: The fight against terrorism remains a global priority, Saudi Arabia said on Thursday, as the Kingdom emphasized the need for the international community to work together to eradicate the threat it poses.

The comments were included in a speech delivered by the Saudi delegation at the 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva. Led by Interior Ministry adviser Abdullah Al-Ansari, the delegates presented a review of the Kingdom’s efforts in the realms of crime prevention and criminal justice. They highlighted the fact that no effort is being spared in the fight against terrorism, which is a high priority for the nation.

The Saudis also stressed the need for continued international cooperation to defeat terrorism, and said that the Kingdom has ratified most of the international measured designed to combat the threat. The country has also implemented a number of anti-terror measures, including: the establishment of a Presidency of State Security to address security challenges, in particular those posed by terrorism and its financing; the founding of a National Cybersecurity Authority to address cyber threats; and the amendment of counterterrorism laws.

The commission heard that the Kingdom’s security services had uncovered and disrupted active terrorist cells across the country. In addition, a number of initiatives have been developed to address the problem of returning terrorist fighters. These include the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, the members of which includes the GCC states, and which is jointly led by Saudi Arabia and the United States. It maintains strict control over the banking sector, ensures the proper organization of the charitable sector, and imposes sanctions on those found guilty of financing terrorism.

The delegation pointed out that the Kingdom continues to lay the foundations for a long-term strategy to defeat extremism. This includes the founding of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, and the expansion of anti-extremism programs through the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue to address the growing threat of radicalization and recruitment of young people by armed militias such as Daesh.

At the international level, the Kingdom has pledged $100 million to support the G5 Sahel counterterrorism task force in West Africa, and is a founding member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum. In addition, Saudi experts participate in joint military programs targeting terrorism around the world.

The country also hosted a meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition to address the ideological, financial, military and media aspects of the fight against terrorism, and the Ministry of Interior has implemented numerous judicial and legal assistance requests to assist in the battle.

A number of draft resolutions arose from the session, the most important of which included: technical assistance for the implementation of international counterterrorism conventions; combating the online sexual exploitation and abuse of children; strengthening technical assistance and international cooperation to combat cybercrime; and the adoption of preparations for the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in April 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. During discussions about these resolutions, most of the amendments suggested by the Kingdom were adopted to strengthen international cooperation.

The Saudi delegates also held meetings with officials from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, including officials from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Bureau of Counterterrorism. They discussed ways to enhance cooperation and enhance the capability of law-enforcement officers to combat such crimes.