Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development efforts

Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi, First Secretary of the Saudi Arabia Mission to the UN in New York. (Twitter photo)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development efforts

  • Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi: Saudi Arabia will continue to play its humanitarian, political and economic role as part of its responsibility toward the international community
  • Al-Qadi highlighted the Kingdom’s initiative to exempt the debt of the least developed countries, by waiving more than $6 billion of debt poor countries owed to the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has affirmed its full cooperation with the United Nations and international community to achieve all that is good for humanity, security and stability, and development.

Saudi Arabia will continue to play its humanitarian, political and economic role as part of its responsibility toward the international community, said Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi, chairman of the second committee of Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN.

He also noted that Saudi Arabia will also keep supporting the implementation of the Kingdom’s 2030 Sustainable Development Plan goals, and the well-being of the world.

The statements were made during the general debate on the item of operational activities for development, as part of the work of the Economic and Financial Committee (II), at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Reiterating the statement made by Egypt on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, on international efforts to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

Al-Qadi said they are concerned about the decline in core contributions to these funds, resulting in a deficit that spread negative effects on the achievement of sustainable development goals.

He added that Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to development issues and supports development cooperation efforts among developing countries, particularly in the Arab region.

The Kingdom focuses on international cooperation which enhance the national capacities of countries and supports their efforts to overcome challenges facing their governments and peoples, in all fields of development, he stated, in economic, environmental, health, social, technical and other aspects, he stressed.

He spoke of the Kingdom’s initiative to exempt the debt of the least developed countries, by waiving more than $6 billion of debt poor countries owed to the Kingdom, which is one of the world’s most heavily subsidizing countries.


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.