Saudi Scouts Association to take part in regional, international events

The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association is set to participate in a number of regional and international scout events. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Scouts Association to take part in regional, international events

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association is set to participate in a number of regional and international scout events before the end of 2018.
The Secretary General of the Saudi Scout Association, Dr. Abdullah Al-Fahd, said participating in such events is part of the association’s eagerness to bolster relations with associations from around the world.
It also creates an opportunity for intercultural exchanges among participants and to highlight Saudi cultural and the level of development lived in the kingdom, he added.
Al-Fahd said among the notable scout events at which the Saudi scouts will take part of Scout organization of the Netherlands, and the the Third Inter-American Scout Moot in Peru from Jul 27 to Aug 5.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.