Saudi Arabia stresses interest in strengthening relations with African countries

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and his Angolan counterpart Manuel Augusto in Riyadh. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia stresses interest in strengthening relations with African countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has met with his Angolan counterpart Manuel Augusto in the capital Riyadh.
Al-Jubeir affirmed, during a news conference, that the Kingdom was concerned with developing and fostering ties with African countries in all fields. He added that there are mutual interests that link the Kingdom to African states.
Al-Jubeir described the visit of Augusto as historic, describing the deep links between the two countries. The Saudi FM noted that he discussed with his Angolan counterpart the latest developments in the region, the Middle East and the African continent.
For his part, Augusto stressed that Saudi ties won’t be restricted to oil, urging Saudi businessmen to invest in Angola. He added that Angola has huge investment opportunities in agriculture, fishing, and diamond production.
The Angolan FM stated that the two countries have common interests in the political and diplomatic sectors, and that they insist on fighting terrorism and cooperating with the Kingdom to reform the UN, especially the Security Council.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of African Affairs, Ahmed Qattan, revealed a strategic plan for the Kingdom to develop and consolidate relations with all African countries without exception.
“There is great interest from the Saudi leadership toward developing and consolidating relations with all African countries, and how to seriously deal with this matter,” he said in comments to Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper.
Qattan explained that Al-Jubeir has made more than 18 shuttle visits to the African continent in recent times. “We are now on the right track, especially as we have not adapted to the African continent in the last few decades,” Qattan added.
He stressed that, “Saudi Arabia has a strong desire not only to strengthen relations with the larger countries on the continent, but with all African countries and we need some time to achieve what we aspire to in this regard.”
The Minister of State for African Affairs spoke of Saudi cooperation in all fields in Africa, saying “the issue is how to invest between us and the countries of the continent and enhance and establish investment and developmental projects.”
“Saudi aid in Africa speaks for itself. This has to be made public as many are unaware of the Kingdom’s aid contributions to Africa over the past decades, which are considerable,” he said, adding that Saudi Arabia behaves in a very honorable way when dealing with African countries.
Qattan said next year, Saudi Arabia will host the Saudi-African summit and the Arab-African summit, which confirms the strong desire of the Saudi government to consolidate its relations with Africa.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.