Defense ministers of 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to meet in Riyadh next week

Updated 20 November 2017
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Defense ministers of 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to meet in Riyadh next week

RIYADH: The Defense Ministers of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) will hold their first meeting in Riyadh under the theme "Allied against Terrorism" on November 26, 2017 in participation of the member states' defense ministers and the diplomatic missions accredited to the Kingdom.
The meeting aims to consolidate bonds of cooperation and integration within the coalition and represents the effective beginning of the IMCTC efforts, which included 41 Islamic states, to coordinate and unify efforts in fighting extremism and extremism in addition to integration with other international efforts.
“The meeting of the defense ministers aims to strengthen cooperation and integration between the Islamic Military Alliance members,” said a report published by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday. The meeting will also be attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats representing their countries in Saudi Arabia, alongside top Saudi and IMCTC officials, said the SPA report.
The meeting will discuss a host of subjects including ways to establish the IMCTC as a major bloc to address security challenges and terrorism issues. The defense ministers will formally discuss plans and proposals to unify the efforts of the Islamic alliance and promote coordination with other international agencies.
The coalition was established to achieve the coalition's message and provide an institutional platform for proposals and discussions in order to facilitate ways of cooperation among the member states and the countries supporting initiatives within framework of fields of military, intellectual, media and combating terrorism financing.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.