Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Great Wall of China

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Great Wall of China during his official trip to the country. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived Thursday morning. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived Thursday morning. (SPA)
Updated 22 February 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Great Wall of China

  • Crown prince arrived in China on Thursday, on the third leg of his Asia tour
  • He will meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping during the official visit

BEIJING: China and Saudi Arabia agreed on Thursday to further boost financial cooperation as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing on the final leg of his Asia tour.

The crown prince was due to meet President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Later he was expected to join Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to co-chair the third meeting of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee.

At the airport, the crown prince was greeted by a number of Chinese officials, including Khi Li Fung, Deputy Chairman of the Advisory and Political Council of the People's Republic of China, and Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom Li Huaxin.

The crown prince visited the Great Wall of China on Thursday, where he posed for photos and took in the dramtic scenery.

Among the most striking initiatives agreed by the two countries is a plan to develop greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

Support for a multilateral approach to development and greater policy communication were agreed at a meeting of a financial subcommittee, jointly chaired by Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zou Jiayi and her Saudi counterpart Hamad Al-Bazai.

Meanwhile, more than 25 Saudi government and private companies will launch their products and services at a major investment forum held in conjunction with the crown prince’s visit.

“Invest in Saudi Arabia,” organized by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, will take place at the Sino-Saudi Forum in Beijing on Friday. 

The investment forum will promote closer economic ties in sectors including industry, energy, transport, finance, culture, heritage and agriculture. 

More than 1,000 visitors, including leading investors, decision makers and investment companies, will focus on business links between the Kingdom and China, with partnerships and agreements likely to be agreed in several fields.

Other initiatives signed off by the Saudi and Chinese delegations include support for reform of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and backing for new multilateral development institutions, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

In a separate meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir hailed the rapid growth of cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih also said the crown prince’s visit will lift bilateral relations to a “new high.” 

As the Kingdom’s largest trading partner, “China is climbing the ladder very quickly with its technology, capabilities and exports in the world,” Al-Falih said.

“This major investment is just starting,” Al-Falih said. “Saudi Arabia has a lot of capital that needs to find profitable places to be deployed. China is a great place to invest.”

The Saudi minister expressed confidence in planned integration between Vision 2030 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

 


Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

  • The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields
  • The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions.
The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions.
The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums.
The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion.
Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years.
The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills.
The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally.
The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market.