Survey to determine number of poor in Saudi Arabia

Updated 27 February 2013

Survey to determine number of poor in Saudi Arabia

A survey is currently under way to determine the number of poor in Saudi Arabia. Researchers will also draw up a definition and indicators of poverty in the country, local media reported quoting reliable sources.
The project was approved within the current budget (1434-35) of the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI), the sources said.
A team of researchers are currently conducting the survey on the income and spending of Saudi families. The one-year survey, which will be the basis for all future research, is scheduled to be completed next Shawwal (August), said Director General of the CDSI Mahanna Abdulkarim Al-Mahanna.
The survey is being conducted with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and will include other similar field studies by specialized teams covering all parts of the Kingdom, he was quoted as saying.
The survey on the income and spending of Saudi families will show the social and economic levels of these families to reflect the true living standards in society, experts said.
Consumer spending on goods and services will help planners determine demand and its impact on prices. The survey will also help government identify those who need social security programs. The survey is taking place over one year, using samples of different families, so that researchers can identify patterns over certain times, the sources said.
Earlier, Social Affairs Minister Yousuf Al-Othaimeen told the Shoura Council that efforts are under way to tackle poverty by addressing four major areas: unemployment, housing, low income, and the even distribution of government projects.
The minister outlined the second phase of the national development strategy (NDS) which is aimed at fighting poverty in the Kingdom. The NDS includes an allocation of SR 100 million for the establishment of a franchise project and another SR 476 million to support needy students by allocating them university seats and housing facilities.
Meanwhile, the ministry is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the poverty strategy related to the National Charity Fund, formerly known as the Charity Fund for Redressing Poverty.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.