Initiative aims to boost creative local businesses

Updated 15 November 2014
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Initiative aims to boost creative local businesses

The Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI) was launched here recently to find and develop creative local businesses that can create jobs for young people and boost the country’ economy.
According to its website, the SNCI is a joint venture between the Tashkeel Creativity and Development Company in Jeddah, the University of Business and Technology, the University of Barcelona, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Goethe Institute and German consulate.
The SNCI program will be implemented in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar in two phases, from 2015 to 2017 and 2017 to 2019.
Members of the initiative’s advisory board in attendance included Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Maha Fitaihi, Shadi Khawandanah, Khaled Almaeena, Abdullah Dahlan, and representatives of government agencies and foreign cultural missions.
Sofana Dahlan, an SNCI board member and founder of Tashkeel, said: “This process will enable us to design effective development programs, based on statistics and precise data obtained from the innovators themselves.”
The aim is to support and boost the diversification of the Saudi economy, in a way that will have a positive impact on local society, she said. The initiative is based on four pillars — the Saudi creative weeks; SNCI portal, the first online directory for Saudi creatives; the SNCI report on creative industries; and the SNCI conference.
The first Saudi creative week will start in March with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany, which is sponsoring the furniture and home accessories design week, including a series of workshops, talks and exhibitions.


DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

The event marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 18 October 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

  • The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C

RIYADH: Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah Lee Sang-kyoun stressed the importance of the relationship between South Korea and Saudi Arabia as he welcomed guests to a special celebration of Korea’s 4,351st National Foundation Day.

The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C.

The diplomat and his family warmly welcomed the guests, including Ambassador Jamal Balkhayour, the director general of the Makkah region branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as they arrived at the venue, which was lavishly decorated with flowers and the Korean flag. 

In his opening speech, Lee said: “Korea and Saudi Arabia have shared strong companionship as ‘Rafiq,’ (friends) since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1962.” 

He also emphasized the common values shared by the two countries, and their indispensable partnership and cooperation in a number of sectors, beginning with construction and energy in the early 1970s and developing through the years to now include the likes of renewable and nuclear energy, culture and more.

“Notably, the two countries launched a ministerial-level committee, Saudi-Korea Vision 2030, to bolster bilateral cooperation, focusing on supporting business ventures between the two countries,” Lee added.

He said he hopes to see an expansion of cultural and artistic ties between the nations, while also strengthening “person-to-person” contact between young people and future generations.

“Such cultural and human exchange will be a meaningful step toward fostering the values shared by the two countries — working in collaboration for future success and common goals,” he said.

The consul general explained that strengthening such human bonds will encourage an understanding between people of a kind that can only happen through art, history, academia and scientific exchange, which is why the consulate is establishing a cultural center as a “signature window for cultural exchange.” 

The consulate will also set up a foundation for students to “foster the common grounds in their interests and hopes” through an exchange program for Korean and Saudi youths.

Lee added that 2018 has been an important year for South Korea, with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, the Inter-Korean Summit, and the Singapore Summit between North Korea and the US.

As the celebration continued, Korean residents were brimming with pride and excitement as they celebrated their National Foundation Day in the Kingdom, while meeting and mingling with friends from Saudi Arabia and other nations.