Recognition for honesty, transparency

Updated 28 May 2012
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Recognition for honesty, transparency

The Saafah Foundation for Good Example has praised the appointment of two of its board members in high-ranking positions at prestigious organizations.
Abdullatif Al-Othman was appointed governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and Abdul Aziz Al-Sugair president of Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
The foundation, which works for promoting transparency and honesty in the Kingdom, commended the expertise and performance of Al-Othman and Al-Sugair in various fields.
Both of them have worked in engineering, economic and industrial fields for a long period.
Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman, chairman of the foundation's board of directors, said the appointment of Al-Othman and Al-Sugair would have a good impact on their respective organizations.
"In the light of my personal association with the two as active members of Saafah, I am confident that they will work for improving transparency and honesty in SAGIA and STC to the satisfaction of those who deal with the two organizations," Prince Turki said.
He said Al-Othman and Al-Sugair worked to deepen the values and principles of justice, frankness and accountability at the organizations they had worked for before.
He also noted the important roles played by the pair in his organization.
Prince Turki said the appointment of the pair reflects the government's desire to create an atmosphere of transparency and honesty in the country.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”