OIC team’s visit to Colombo delayed

Updated 25 December 2014
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OIC team’s visit to Colombo delayed

The scheduled visit of an OIC team to Colombo to prepare for its secretary-general’s visit has been postponed on account of the island’s presidential elections, according to sources from the Sri Lankan Embassy here.
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani was to visit Sri Lanka early next year on an invitation from the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and an advance team of four members from the OIC was to visit the island in preparation for the secretary general’s visit.
This was the first time that arrangements for such a high-level visit from the OIC were announced six weeks ago, embassy sources said.
The island’s ambassador, Mohammed Hussein Mohamed met Madani in Jeddah to discuss the program of the secretary-general’s visit to Colombo.
The four-member delegation from the OIC was expected to chalk out the secretary-general’s program in coordination with the ministry of external affairs in Colombo.
Arab News learned that in addition to his meeting with the country’s president, Madani would hold meetings with religious organizations in Sri Lanka to get first hand knowledge of the current position of the minorities on the island.
Earlier, the OIC, the Jeddah-based organization and parent body of 57 member countries, expressed its concerns over the escalating ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka, which has affected the Muslim community and its businesses on the island.


Misk Innovation initiative participates in International Technology Fair in Paris

The Misk Innovation initiative aims to promote and support talent and innovation through local and international programs. SPA
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Misk Innovation initiative participates in International Technology Fair in Paris

  • Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields
  • Misk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing opportunities for the Kingdom’s youth and leading them to a bright future

JEDDAH: The Misk Innovation initiative, supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), participated in the International Technology Fair “VivaTech” on Saturday in Paris.
This is the first participation of its kind to support the emerging technological creations of a number of innovators from the Kingdom’s youth.
In its pavilion, Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields, including those that serve the hearing-impaired through technical support, the aviation industry, automotive electronic solutions, road safety, Arabic and international media monitoring, and the perfume industry.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition on May 24, which was attended by a number of international technology company directors, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his hope that his country would become a fertile ground for start-ups.
The Saudi ambassador to France, Khaled Al-Anqari, attended the opening of the Saudi Pavilion “Misk Innovation.”
The executive director of Misk Innovation, Dima Al-Yahya, said that the young national talents participating in the three-day event reflected the creativity and innovations of Saudi nationals to the international community, noting that their participation gave them opportunities to learn and develop for the best.
Misk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing opportunities for the Kingdom’s youth and leading them to a bright future through Vision 2030 in transforming and diversifying the Saudi economy.
The Misk Innovation initiative aims to promote and support talent and innovation through local and international programs and partnerships in three key areas: Education, culture and information.