Saudi delegation joins international C20 summit in Japan

Rahaf Al-Sanosi gives an address. (Photo by Supplied)
Updated 24 April 2019

Saudi delegation joins international C20 summit in Japan

  • The KKF delegates also participated at a discussion panel on the continuity of C20

TOKYO: A top-level delegation from the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) has attended the influential C20 summit in Japan.

The conference gathering in Tokyo of civil society organizations from throughout the world, is an engagement group of the G20 international leaders’ forum.

The Kingdom’s delegation met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his cabinet office and handed him a copy of the C20 policy pack and communique.

Headed by its acting CEO, the KKF party included deputy CEO, Dr. Natasha Matic, and co-directors of policy design and advocacy, Rahaf Al-Sanosi and Osamah Alhenaki.

The KKF delegates also participated at a discussion panel on the continuity of C20, sharing its plans for the upcoming Saudi presidency of G20 in 2020.

KKF serves as a troika member of the Japanese C20, a steering committee member, and participant in its working groups. It has previously taken part in C20 meetings in Hamburg and Buenos Aires during the German and Argentinian presidencies of G20 in 2017 and 2018.


Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

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Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”