Yemenis affected by coalition military operations receive aid

People walk in a market at the old quarter of Sanaa, in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 01 September 2018
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Yemenis affected by coalition military operations receive aid

  • The Arab coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the country’s internationally recognized government

JEDDAH: The Joint Committee for the Granting of Voluntary Assistance to Victims Affected in Yemen and the National Commission to investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights approved assistance for people affected by the coalition’s military operations in Yemen.
The Foreign Ministry said in a press conference that the joint committee has finished studying several cases involving people affected by the coalition’s military operations.
The ministry said that in the next two days a specialist team from the joint committee will begin assisting affected people whose cases have been studied by the national committee.
The ministry stressed the Yemeni government’s concern to preserve civilians’ safety, avoid damage in all Yemeni areas and comply with the rules and laws of war.
The Foreign Ministry extended Yemen’s appreciation for the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, saying it had a big role in helping the legitimate government in Yemen and in defending the country and people under the leadership of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
“In the context of the constant cooperation and coordination under the umbrella of the coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen, the Yemeni government, represented by the Foreign Ministry, followed up on the meeting of Joint Committee for the Granting of Voluntary Assistance to Victims Affected in Yemen and the National Commission to investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights, held at the headquarters of the Coalition Forces to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen. During the meeting, it was agreed on the mechanism of granting aid to people affected by the military operations of the coalition in Yemen,” the ministry said.
The Arab coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the country’s internationally recognized government.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.