GCC plans media campaign on Yemen goals

Updated 19 February 2016
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GCC plans media campaign on Yemen goals

RIYADH: The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) information ministers held their third extraordinary meeting here on Thursday to discuss a joint media strategy about the bloc’s objectives in the region, particularly in Yemen.
The meeting was held at the King Salman Airbase Airport under the chairmanship of Adel Al-Toraifi, Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture and information, in the presence of GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani.
Chairing the meeting, Al-Toraifi said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman was keen to see the ministers develop strategies that would serve the people of the region.
He said the meeting was being held to discuss a joint media plan that would highlight the way in which relief efforts in Yemen were being hampered by Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
He said that these groups were disrupting peace efforts by launching ballistic missiles. “These criminal attacks are attacks against all the GCC countries,” he said.
He said that GCC states face many challenges including negative media campaigns, which require a firm response.
“Our responsibility, as ministers of information, in these difficult and critical periods, is to grow and advance our media. We have to address these media campaigns against the GCC states.”
Earlier, Al-Zayani said the meeting would boost media cooperation between the GCC countries. Among those who attended were Bahrain’s Isa bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hammadi, Oman’s Abdul-Moneim bin Mansour Al-Hassani, UAE’s Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Jaber, Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al-Thani, and Kuwait’s Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.