Arab-Chinese digital library to be launched in Beijing

King Abdul Aziz Public Library
Updated 09 July 2018
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Arab-Chinese digital library to be launched in Beijing

  • The library will strengthen the growing political and economic ties between the Arab world and China
  • The digital library project would prove to be a model for cultural partnership between different cultures and civilizations

JEDDAH: The first Arab-Chinese digital library will be launched on Tuesday in Beijing on the sidelines of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).
The library is a joint project of the Arab League, the King Abdul Aziz Public Library and the National Library of China.
The library will serve as a bridge between the Arab world and China and help promote cultural ties and exchange of knowledge.
The project also aims to strengthen ties and coordination between libraries in the Arab League member states and China.
The library will strengthen the growing political and economic ties between the Arab world and China.
The supervisor general of King Abdul Aziz Library, Abdul Karim Al-Zaid, said the establishment of the digital library will lay the foundations of a new beginning of intellectual, cultural and economic ties with China.
“We aim to translate the cultural and knowledge vision, which is the basis of King Abdul Aziz Public Library, through the promotion of culture, preservation of heritage, knowledge formation, cultural contact, social responsibility and global partnerships,” Al-Zaid said.
He said the opening of a branch of King Abdul Aziz Library in Beijing was aimed to increase cultural cooperation between the two countries.
The director of the digital library project, Saleh Al-Misnad, noted the library’s inauguration would be an active start for Arab and Chinese cultures in a modern and attractive way.
He said the library aims to strengthen the foundations of the knowledge and cultural partnership; it offers different kinds of knowledge and transfers the Arab intellectual heritage to the whole world from the launching of the Arab Knowledge Index to this project.
He said the digital library project would prove to be a model for cultural partnership between different cultures and civilizations.
The CASCF was initiated in the opening years of the new millennium, according to Xinhua. In 2004, China and the Arab League (AL) formally launched the forum.


FaceOf: Homam Hashem, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kafalah Fund

Homam Hashem
Updated 48 min 29 sec ago
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FaceOf: Homam Hashem, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kafalah Fund

  • Hashem studied computer information systems, receiving his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1992
  • He began his career in 1993 as a systems analyst and programmer at the head office of the Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh

Homam Hashem is the chief executive officer at the Kafalah Fund, a financing guarantee program for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

On Saudi’s 88th National Day, Hashem elaborated on the importance of the Kafalah Fund and how supporting SMEs contributes to the economic reform of the Kingdom in accordance with Vision 2030. 

He said: “One of the main objectives of Vision 2030 is to increase the contribution of the SME private sector to 35 percent of GDP.” He pointed out that small and medium enterprises play an important role in raising financing opportunities and pave the ways to success.

Hashem studied computer information systems, receiving his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1992. He also holds a diploma in banking operation management from the Institute of Public Administration.

He began his career in 1993 as a systems analyst and programmer at the head office of the Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh. A year later, he joined Samba Financial Group as a credit MIS senior manager for four years before moving on to Al-Rajhi Bank to occupy another senior manager post.

Hashem then spent five years simultaneously working for the Arab National Bank as a cards credit cycle manager, and Visa as a risk adviser. From there, he became Al-Yusr Leasing and Financing’s chief operations officer from 2005 to 2013. 

In 2015, he served as chief operations officer at Tayseer Arabian Co. before returning to Al-Yusr as chief credit and collection director.

He served as a board member at Al-Farasha Financial Services and the engineering solutions company ATMATA.