Medical errors under the spotlight at key forum in Riyadh

The forum will focus on the patients and their families to ensure their safety. (SPA)
Updated 29 January 2018
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Medical errors under the spotlight at key forum in Riyadh

JEDDAH: Eliminating medical errors will be the main focus of the Fourth Medicine and Law Forum, which has been set for March 26-28 in Riyadh under the slogan “Know Your Rights.” A number of well-known speakers from both medicine and law are scheduled to attend the event.
The three-day forum will take place in Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City in Riyadh and organized by the Saudi Law Training Center (SLTC) supported by Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah and a strategic partnership between Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation and Saudi Patient Safety Center (SPSC).
A press conference on Sunday announcing the date of the forum was attended by Abdulelah Hawsawi, director general of SPSC, and Majed Qaroob, president of the SLTC.
The forum aims to raise the level of awareness about the culture of human rights for all beneficiaries of the medical sector in the Kingdom and to highlight the social and legal conditions of women working in the medical sector.
Hawsawi said in a statement: “The forum will focus on the patients and their families to ensure their safety. Saudi Patient Safety Center will also use the local and international bodies with expertise in the field to support the safety of patients.”
Many important issues will be discussed, such as the rights and duties of a health practitioner, patient rights, pharmaceutical companies, social responsibility in this vital sector, medical errors and the relationship between medicine and law.
The forum focuses most on eliminating medical errors and the damage resulting from them in the Saudi health system.
Talking to Arab News, Hawsawi stressed the need for maintaining a proper record of medical errors in the Kingdom with details of the hospital involved in the case.
“On a national level, we are supposed to have a system to maintain a record of medical errors. However, we are working on building a center for this in which each hospital should participate.”
Qaroob urged all those people who have been the victims of medical errors to share their experiences with others so as to help raise awareness about dealing with such situations.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.