KSA signs pact to stamp out illicit tobacco trade

Updated 26 November 2015
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KSA signs pact to stamp out illicit tobacco trade

RIYADH: The World Health Organization has announced that the Kingdom has become the first Arab country and the tenth internationally to join the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products. The announcement was made by the director general of the executive board of the Health Ministers' Council for the Gulf Cooperation Council States, Tawfik Khoja.
Khoja congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, along with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Minister of Health Khalid Al-Falih on their momentous achievement. Specifically, he thanked them all for their efforts in making the Kingdom part of the global campaign against illegal tobacco dealings.
“As one of the countries that signed this international pact early, it will contribute to the well-being of humanity as a whole. Such a forward-thinking step is not unusual for the Kingdom and its wise leadership.
We hope, as health care professionals and officials, that this move by the Kingdom will help to decrease the supply and demand of tobacco and will consequently contribute to fighting tobacco-related illnesses that exhaust financial resources and which also put lives in danger,” Khoja said.
“This Kingdom has always been very active and effective in global initiatives related to tobacco control and in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Policies (MPOWER),” he pointed out.
The objective of this protocol is to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products. The protocol has 47 articles and four annexes related to licensing, tracing, tracking and record keeping, as well as sections related to security and internet sales of illicit tobacco products.


Saudi Arabia's Disabled Children’s Association continues campaign to complete ‘Khair Makkah’ project

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Saudi Arabia's Disabled Children’s Association continues campaign to complete ‘Khair Makkah’ project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) continues its efforts to complete its charity investment project “Khair Makkah,” located within the the borders of the Grand Mosque in Makkah’s Al-Naseem district.
DCA works to help maximize the quality of life for disabled children in Saudi Arabia.
The association explained that the first phase of this philanthropic project, which is expected to be completed next year, will cost SR180 million and will include two towers constructed over an area of 5,700 square meters.
The revenues from the rentals of both towers are expected to cover the expenses of two out of 11 service centers spread across the Kingdom to benefit handicapped children in Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif , Madinah, Assir, Hail, Al-Jawf, Al-Ras and Jazan.
Almost 80% of the construction work of the first phase has been completed and is expected to be submitted by mid next year. The project’s revenues, expected to be 5%, will cover the expenses of several disabled children care centers.
DCA is encouraging philanthropists to participate in completing this mega project on its deadline by sending text messages for donations to number 5050.
It will provide a permanent source of support for operation expenses and other free specialized services for around 4,000 children yearly, especially in light of the remarkable growth in its annual operating budget, which reached SR120 million.
According to the association, the total amount of sukuk for the “Khair Makkah” project amounted to about SR180,000, 147,000 of which were subscribed, while 33,000 are remaining sukuk. The value of one Suk is SR1,000. A further SR33 million is needed to complete the project.