‘Saudi Codes’ attracts over 1 million participants

Updated 10 February 2019
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‘Saudi Codes’ attracts over 1 million participants

  • The second “Saudi Codes” event taught 1,025,971 Arabic speakers in Saudi Arabia and 139 other countries how to code in three programming languages: JavaScript, Python and MakeCode

JEDDAH: The Misk Foundation — a nonprofit charity established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — celebrated the completion of the second “Saudi Codes” at an event in Riyadh on Saturday.
Saudi Codes is a partnership between Misk, the Saudi Education Ministry, the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC). It is an educational initiative designed to teach people computer programming in an accessible and relevant way. The second “Saudi Codes” event taught 1,025,971 Arabic speakers in Saudi Arabia and 139 other countries how to code in three programming languages: JavaScript, Python and MakeCode.
The courses were made available online and through a series of roadshows across the Kingdom, and consisted of four elements.
The daylong celebrations at Al-Raidah Digital City saw 60 coders participate in an “Ideathon” to develop solutions for improving lifestyles in the Kingdom. The winners of this final challenge were announced in an evening ceremony.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha and the chairman of the board of the Misk Initiatives Center, Bader Al-Asaker, attended the event, along with representatives from partner organizations.
Deemah Al-Yahya, executive manager of Misk Innovation, the foundation’s training initiative, welcomed this collaboration between sectors.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.