Saudi Arabia to donate 6,500 tons of dates worldwide

Saudi Arabia will be donating 6,500 tons of dates across the globe during the Ramadan season. (SPA file photo)
Updated 10 April 2019

Saudi Arabia to donate 6,500 tons of dates worldwide

  • 4,000 tons of dates will be distributed through the World Food Program in 14 countries
  • The remaining 2,500 tons will be distributed to 29 governments

Saudi Arabia has gifted thousands of tons of dates to countries around the world in the run-up to Ramadan.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), announced the distribution project at a special ceremony in Riyadh.

A total of 6,500 tons of dates, well-known for their nutritional value, will be sent out to 43 different countries to support food requirements as the month of fasting approaches.

The inauguration ceremony, held at KSRelief’s headquarters in the Saudi capital, was attended by dean of the diplomatic corps in Riyadh and also Djibouti’s ambassador to the Kingdom, Dya-Eddine Bamakhrama, along with representatives of foreign, finance and environment ministries, and officials from the dates’ packaging factory in Al-Ahsa.

In his address, Bamakhrama noted the Kingdom’s long record of support for Arab, Muslim and other states throughout the world, and said: “Allow me on this occasion to thank King Salman, his crown prince and the Saudi people for their generosity that knows no limits.”

Al-Rabeeah  said: “The Kingdom will be distributing 6,500 tons of dates to 43 states, including 4,000 tons that will be distributed through the World Food Program to 14 states, and 2,500 tons that will be distributed to 29 governments.”

“The Kingdom is very keen to fulfill its humanitarian and pioneering role at the international level, and its commitment to humanitarian principles that focus on alleviating the suffering of all people in distress, without discrimination.”

He pointed out that since 1996, Saudi Arabia had provided $86 billion worth of aid to 80 different nations. Since its establishment in May 2015, and with the help of 141 UN, international and regional partners, KSRelief had delivered 996 projects valued at more than $3.25 billion and benefitting 44 different countries, Al-Rabeeah added.

During the past four years, Saudi Arabian relief aid to Yemen alone, had topped $11.88 billion, and Al-Rabeeah stressed the center’s commitment to its global humanitarian mission.


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

Updated 19 April 2019

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.