‘Write your own life story’: Book fair’s message to young Saudis

Cultural events run as part of the fair will include specialized workshops led by writers who will share advice on becoming authors and translators. (File photo)
Updated 17 March 2018
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‘Write your own life story’: Book fair’s message to young Saudis

RIYADH: Interactive workshops to improve literacy skills in young people will be a highlight of a wide-ranging “cultural jamboree” at the Riyadh International Book Fair.
More than 500 publishers from 27 countries are taking part in the book fair, which was opened by Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad on Wednesday and will run for 10 days under the patronage of King Salman.
Cultural events run as part of the fair will include specialized workshops led by writers who will share advice on becoming authors and translators. The workshops will also discuss learning techniques to improve young people’s literacy skills.
In other lectures, experts will focus on digital learning and examine the role of social and electronic media in harnessing knowledge.
The cultural jamboree is aimed at visitors of all ages, and will run from 4 p.m. till 10 p.m. each day.
The UAE is the book fair’s “guest of honor” country this year. The UAE pavilion will host poetry nights, cultural seminars and children’s programs as part of the fair. More than 20 publishing houses and cultural institutions from the UAE are taking part in the fair.
Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, a spokesman for the Ministry of Culture and Information, said the fair was one of the most important cultural events in the Kingdom and the highest-selling in the region.
Ahmed Abdulhadi Tabaji, head of the book fair’s culture committee, said a photo exhibition on Saudi-UAE bilateral relations would highlight cultural relations between the two countries.
“We also have lectures and interactive sessions on how to become a good writer, author, translator — and reader,” he said.
As part of a “translation marathon,” participants will be asked to translate stories from Arabic to English and French. Stories will focus on Saudi Arabian culture and the struggles to build the modern Kingdom. Gifts and certificates will be awarded for the best translations.
During the opening ceremony, Al-Awwad honored winners in a competition to encourage writers. Winners include Nasir Mohammed Al-Ghamadi, Adnan Mohammed Al-Awami, Hasan Hijab Al-Hazmi, Saeed Al-Adwani, Abdul Hameed Al-Khateeb and Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Mazi.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.