Saudis receiving nuclear training in Argentina: Envoy

Argentinian Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda holds talks with Nasser Al-Daoud, undersecretary of Riyadh Region Governorate, at the National Day celebrations in Riyadh on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 28 May 2017

Saudis receiving nuclear training in Argentina: Envoy

RIYADH: Saudis are being trained in Argentina under a new nuclear cooperation agreement with the Kingdom, Argentinian Ambassador Jaime Sergio Cerda told Arab News Thursday at his country’s national day reception at Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh.
The agreement is aimed at developing the use of nuclear energy to produce electricity, he said, adding that Saudis are exchanging expertise with experts in Buenos Aires.
The Kingdom is developing its human resources to be ready for when it sets up its own nuclear power plants, Cerda said, adding that Saudi Arabia is the third-largest trade partner of Argentina.
The acquisition of land by Saudi dairy company Al-Marai for the production of alfalfa to feed dairy cows in the Kingdom has created job opportunities in Argentina, he said.
“Our exports to the Kingdom include frozen chicken, fruits, vegetables, corn, among others. Imports from the Kingdom include petrochemicals,” he added, invited Saudi private sector firms to invest in Argentina.
He recalled that during the historic visit of the Argentinian vice president to Riyadh last November, the two countries decided to expand cooperation in line with Vision 2030.
Cerda said last week an important delegation from Al-Imam Muhammed bin Saud Islamic University traveled to Buenos Aires to promote cultural cooperation and get better knowledge of Argentinian people and traditions.
The recent summits in Riyadh during US President Donald Trump’s visit show that the Kingdom is on the right path in combating extremism and terrorism, to the benefit not just of Muslim countries but the rest of the world, he added.
Cerda thanked King Salman for his continuous support to Argentina.


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.