KSA aims to develop its growing creative economy

Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, executive chairman of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property. (Supplied)
Updated 10 November 2018

KSA aims to develop its growing creative economy

  • Modern technology provides a global bridge for economic and cultural relations by providing equal opportunities for all

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is “paying great attention” to the expanding creative economy, according to Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, executive chairman of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property.
He led the Kingdom’s delegation at the first World Conference on Creative Economics in Bali, Indonesia.
It also included representatives from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
“The creative industry is a global competition and the leadership of the Kingdom ... is paying great attention to this growing economy,” said Al-Swailem.
He added that modern technology provides a global bridge for economic and cultural relations by providing equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, gender, background or geographical location.
He also thanked the Indonesian government and the organizers of the conference, and praised the great efforts they are making to take care of and preserve the rights of creators.
The conference aims to promote the creative economy as a catalyst for communication and understanding that can help to forge economic and cultural relations.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.