KACST to spend SR 22 million on research

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Updated 08 July 2013

KACST to spend SR 22 million on research

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has allocated SR 22.84 million for 25 research projects to be conducted at different universities in the Kingdom, a senior official from the organization said here Sunday.
“During the Hijri year 1433-34, funds have been distributed to numerous scientific areas in different universities,” General supervisor of the KACST Grants Program Mohammed bin Ahmed Khiyami said.
“Areas of research include SR 3.90 million for basic sciences, SR 13.38 million for medical research, SR 3.61 million for agricultural and SR 1.94 million for engineering projects,” he added.
Stressing the importance of scientific research and technological advancement, Mohammed ibn Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, president of KACST, said developed countries have spared no effort in the field of research and development, dedicating a considerable portion of their GDP (gross domestic product) to this purpose, which has led to the phenomenal scientific and information revolution witnessed today.
“KACST has supported many scientific research projects aiming to serve developmental issues in various sectors. These research projects have yielded good results which have benefited various parties in both the private and public sectors,” he noted.
He pointed out that the KACST is in the process of implementing many research projects in its labs and research centers.
In terms of international cooperation, he said KACST is an effective partner of several world organizations such as the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency), the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and a majority of Islamic scientific networks and world scientific associations.
KACST is an independent scientific organization administratively reporting to the prime minister. KACST is both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories. The science agency function involves science and technology policymaking, data collection, funding of external research and patenting inventions.


SR137m of debt paid via Saudi Interior Ministry’s Furijat

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SR137m of debt paid via Saudi Interior Ministry’s Furijat

JEDDAH: The value of debt paid through donations as part of the Interior Ministry’s Furijat initiative has reached more than SR137 million ($36.4 million), according to a report published on its Twitter account.
According to the report, 1,024 citizens and residents have benefited from the program in the 18 days since its launch.
The initiative aims to provide a simple, safe medium through which to donate money to pay the debts of people convicted in non-criminal financial cases and who are eligible for benefits from government support programs.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Furijat will be accessible via the Absher electronic platform.
Through Absher, donors can make payments by clicking on the application icon on the directorate’s website, and choosing the category of beneficiary and the amount to donate. The process may be completed via the SADAD payment system provided by SAMA.