Saudi-UAE aid council meets in Riyadh

The meeting discussed the updates and developments of the 2018 UN Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2018
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Saudi-UAE aid council meets in Riyadh

  • In 2008, the Kingdom donated $500 million, the biggest donation that has ever been made at the time to the program by a country
  • Saudi Arabia supports WFP operations around the world, especially in Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh and southern Sudan

JEDDAH: The Coordinating Council to follow up the joint financial contribution provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to support and fund the UN Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) for 2018 held its second meeting at the headquarters of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in Riyadh.

The meeting was attended by Ahmed Al-Baiz, deputy supervisor of KSRelief operations; Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Shamsi, UAE assistant minister of Foreign affairs and international cooperation for international development affairs; Stephen Anderson, World Food Programme (WFP) regional director; Abdul Majid Al-Yahiya, WFP representative in the GCC; Ahmed Mohsen, senior regional external relations officer at UNHCR; Jayne Mbakaya, OCHA field coordination officer; and Izumi Conway, WFP representative.

A conference call was also made during the meeting with Liz Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen; Dr. Nuevo Zaghari, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Yemen; and other UN representatives.

The meeting discussed the updates and developments of the 2018 UN Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.

Al-Baiz said the meeting came to follow up and evaluate the achievements of the projects and programs of the Saudi-Emirati grant that reached $930 million, provided in response to the largest appeal by Yemeni humanitarian agencies.

Al-Yahiya expressed his happiness about his first visit to the KSRelief office, and praised the cooperation between the Kingdom and the WFP. In 2008, the Kingdom donated $500 million, the biggest donation that has ever been made at the time to the program by a country.

He added that the Kingdom supports WFP operations around the world, especially in Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh and southern Sudan.

Al-Yahiya said the meeting aimed to coordinate and discuss the humanitarian status in Yemen and the support means of the Kingdom, the UAE and UN organizations in Yemen. About $440 million out of the $930 million donation of the Kingdom was allocated for the center.

Anderson thanked the Kingdom for its support for UN organizations, especially the WFP, which has helped 9 million people this year. This support is important, especially to Yemen, he said.

Anderson said that food security is a priority for the Yemeni people. More than 18 million people have no idea when their next meal will be and 8.4 million people suffer from chronic starvation.

The Saudi-Emirati joint support meant “we were able to help people even during the natural disasters in Yemen,” he said.


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 23 February 2019
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.