Winners announced in King Salman Youth Center volunteering competition

Winners of ‘Save a life initiative’ from Jordan pose for a group photo.
Updated 11 January 2018
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Winners announced in King Salman Youth Center volunteering competition

JEDDAH: The winners have been announced in a first-of-its-kind volunteering initiative run by the King Salman Youth Center (KSYC).
Saudi students around the world participated in 22 one-day volunteering tasks on four continents. The five winning teams were in Asia (China and Jordan); the US (Ohio and New York); and Europe (Scotland).
The “#Saudi Passed Here” contest was run under the “We Give” initiative, which aims to support Saudi students studying abroad. It was conducted by the KSYC in partnership with the scholarship agency of the Ministry of Education.
The initiative, the first of its kind in the Kingdom, aimed to enhance the positive image of the Kingdom and students studying abroad; to activate their energies in different countries; to motivate them to continue to give; and to disseminate their experiences and expand their impact.
This was done by monitoring their volunteer experiences and providing a field volunteer platform for all initiators interested in volunteering. The competition paved the way to participation in International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5, 2017.
Teams of students had to follow the criteria and conditions applied by the center. The rules included launching their initiatives in their country of scholarship and the costs should not exceed a sum of SR3,000 ($800).
The launch of the projects was documented and rotated between the 22 competing teams participating around the world on the popular social network application Snapchat. Each team was given time to speak about their initiative, conduct their projects appropriately and implement them according to the interpretation of their vision.
After completing the five different phases, the sixth phase was the jury’s turn to assess and choose the top five projects with the highest assessment.
The announcement came on Dec. 31 in Riyadh after members of the jury were able to assess the winning teams but go through a seven-hour debate on the most effective initiatives. The winning teams are: “Not alone initiative” from China; “Save a life initiative” from Jordan; “Hand by Hand initiative” in New York, US; “Us to Cleveland Initiative” in Cleveland, Ohio, US; and “Edinburgh Volunteering Team” in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The teams’ initiatives varied from raising society’s awareness on the importance of learning how to perform CPR; providing for the needs of a children’s orphanage; providing maintenance to a special needs shelter, renovating it and ensuring proper quality housing; visiting a center that caters to low-income families; and introducing children to the importance of science by assembling corners and working on various projects in the field of physics, mechanical engineering and simple chemistry.
“We are proud of the variety of initiatives presented by the participating teams. The jury gathered not to assess their success but to honor them. We seek to sustain the culture and spirit of volunteerism in line with the Kingdom’s vision for Saudi Arabia in 2030,” said Mohammed Asiri, general manager of the KSYC.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.