FaceOf: Ali bin Hassan Jafar, Saudi ambassador to Sudan

Ambassador Ali bin Hassan Jafar
Updated 19 July 2018

FaceOf: Ali bin Hassan Jafar, Saudi ambassador to Sudan

  • Ali bin Hassan Jafar was the Saudi ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2000 until 2008

Ali bin Hassan Jafar is the current Saudi ambassador to the Republic of Sudan. This week, Saudi Arabia was selected as the first hub center for visa applications to Sudan. 

The Sudanese Embassy in Riyadh inaugurated the visa application center in partnership with outsourcing and technology services specialists VFS Global, who will provide assistance in managing visa and passport administration, diplomatic missions and other non-discretionary tasks.

On Wednesday, Jafar was received by the Sudanese government in Khartoum and was honored with a reception gathering hosted by the Sudanese Red Crescent Association in acknowledgment of the humanitarian aid that Saudi Arabia has provided to the Sudanese people.

During the ceremony, Sudanese Minister of State Tariq Tawfiq presented Jafar with a commemorative shield in the presence of El-Hadji Amadou Sy, secretary-general of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Associations Federation. 

Born in Khamis Mushait in 1955, Jafar holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Riyadh University, which he was awarded in 1978, after which he earned his diploma in diplomatic studies from the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh in 1980. 

From 1981 to 1989, he served in the permanent Saudi delegation in Geneva. 

He was then assigned to serve in the Saudi Embassy in Moscow from 1991 to 2000. Aside from Arabic, Jafar is fluent in English, French and Russian. 

He played a vital role in establishing the Saudi Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan where he was appointed ambassador and served from 2000 until 2008.

Saudi Arabia’s social protection system to ensure equitable distribution

Updated 24 min 41 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s social protection system to ensure equitable distribution

  • Al-Manzalawi: Saudi Arabia had finished developing a comprehensive strategy to deal with poverty
  • Integration of disabled people in labor market top priority, UN meeting told
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has told a UN meeting that it has developed a system of social protection to protect low-income families in cooperation with government agencies.
The system will give priority to eradicating poverty and raising the standard of living within three main areas: Social assistance, social insurance and labor market programs.
The news came in a speech delivered by the deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, Dr. Khalid Al-Manzalawi, during the general debate at the 57th session of the UN Commission for Social Development.
“The Kingdom is currently undertaking several economic reforms to reduce the fiscal deficit, stimulate non-oil revenues and reduce subsidies and tax legislation,” he said.
Al-Manzalawi added that poverty is one of the most important global problems, to the extent that the UN has made addressing it one of its priorities, developing 17 development programs that aim to lift societies out of such hardship.
“Looking closely, we note that the problem is not just economic, but is highly related to social, cultural, legal and political changes,” he said. “Therefore, poverty differs from one society to another, and so does the way of dealing with it. However, there are common strategic foundations that can be adopted by all societies to solve this problem, though they can be implemented in different methods and mechanisms.”
He said that the Kingdom had finished developing a comprehensive strategy to deal with poverty. This strategy includes initiatives and projects that will contribute to improving living standards.
He said that the Kingdom has taken many measures to promote social security for people with disabilities and achieve their social integration. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs also supervises the work of 38 rehabilitation shelters for people with special needs and the Kingdom is home to 44 specialized associations and 347 day-care centers that serve disabled people of all ages.
He said that the Kingdom has developed a national plan for people with disabilities. This covers 23 initiatives aimed at taking care of them, developing a standard classification for disabilities and national databases that constitute the reference point to follow up on related regulations and policies, along with leading the implementation of the work plan and empowering, raising awareness and providing support and consultation.
One of the 37 objectives of the National Transformation Program 2020 is to empower the integration of disabled people in the labor market.
In his speech before the UN, Al-Manzalawi said: “The Kingdom has promoted women’s place by developing their potentials and investment to activate their role on the local and international levels.
“Vision 2030 sheds light on the efforts needed to guarantee women empowerment in societal and economic development and present them as influential and effective members on all levels.”
He also highlighted the Kingdom’s commitment to investing in the education sector, where it has provided free education at all levels in the Kingdom, including higher education.
Al-Manzalawi ended his speech by stressing that the Kingdom will always work with the UN and the international community to achieve the objectives of Sustainable Development 2030 and a bright future for future generations.