KSRelief, UN agencies discuss ways to enhance cooperation in Yemen

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 27 April 2019

KSRelief, UN agencies discuss ways to enhance cooperation in Yemen

  • KSRelief has implemented 996 projects in 44 countries with a combined value of $3.25 billion

RIYADH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Saturday met the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen at the center’s headquarters, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah met Lise Grande in Riyadh, where they discussed ways to enhance cooperation and support relief and humanitarian work in Yemen.

They also discussed ways to support food security and measures to ensure that aid reached beneficiaries in all regions of Yemen, in addition to discussing the strategic partnership between the two sides during 2019.

Grande said the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was getting worse. “It is a very difficult humanitarian crisis. That is why we are grateful to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for their contribution of $200 million provided to three UN organizations this month, with $140 million provided to the World Food Programme (WFP), $40 million to UNICEF and $20 million to the World Health Organization (WHO),” she said in a statement.

Grande praised the WFP funding, which helped to save the lives of 3 million people, and said it would be used by UNICEF and the WHO to combat cholera and improve nutrition.

Earlier, Al-Rabeeah said that Saudi foreign aid between 1996 and 2018 exceeded $86 billion. “The Kingdom supports 81 countries in a fully impartial manner,” he added,

KSRelief, which was established in May 2015 under the directive of King Salman, has implemented 996 projects in 44 countries with a combined value of $3.25 billion, SPA reported him as saying.

“Saudi Arabia hosts 12 million immigrants of different nationalities, which represent 37 percent of its population, and thus it ranks second in the world in terms of the number of immigrants, preceded only by the US. Among these immigrants are 561,911 Yemenis, 262,573 Syrians, and 249,668 people from Myanmar.”

He added that KSRelief had implemented 330 projects worth $1.99 billion in Yemen in partnership with 80 UN agencies and international and local NGOs. These included the MASAM mine clearance project, a project for rehabilitating thousands of children recruited by Houthi militias, and the establishment of artificial limb centers in Marib and Aden.


Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

Updated 15 November 2019

Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

  • MoUs with top firms such as Chinese tech giant Huawei, French oil major Total open new opportunities

RIYADH: The Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Foundation Misk Initiatives Center has signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh with local and international companies to support and develop youth talent.

Among the companies were the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the French oil firm Total, the Emirati Federal Youth Authority, and the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

The agreements stipulated joint work between the two parties in the fields of talent development in Saudi Arabia and information and communications technology, in accordance with the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

This initiative aims to find ways of cooperation and employment opportunities between the two parties.

The MoU signed between the center and the Emirati Federal Youth Authority provides for the enhancement of joint cooperation in support of youth. 

The two parties will seek to discuss future cooperation, to build a strategic partnership between the two parties in exploring potential cooperative opportunities and setting a framework for such cooperation, in addition to organizing the exchange of technologies and innovations through the joint organization of courses, forums and workshops.

The MoU aims at creating a specialized scientific dialogue between the two parties, conducting joint research at the institutes in the field of entrepreneurship and the skills of the future, considering launching joint initiatives, and examining the possibilities of cooperative programs based on the extensive experience of Misk and the Federal Youth Authority.

Misk’s Initiatives Center agreement with Total will promote joint cooperation, find training opportunities for Saudi talent at the company’s headquarters and facilities, and cooperate on educational programs that support entrepreneurship and an ecosystem for startup companies, especially in the fields of energy and technology.

The Misk Global Forum also witnessed the signing of a MoU with “Hub71” to promote learning and leadership among Saudi youth, and enhance opportunities for joint collaboration, in addition to two MoUs with 500 startups and seed stars “to promote joint cooperation between the two parties, to develop and grow the business of startups and provide them with the necessary

Misk also signed a MoU with the Public Institution for Education and Global Leadership to promote joint cooperation and achieve the objectives of both sides, to support innovation initiatives that instill the entrepreneurial mindset of young people, as well as the establishment and organization of entrepreneurship approaches. 

Both parties agreed to focus on exploring potential collaborative opportunities related to the Entrepreneurship World Cup, and establish a competition with competitors coming from 170 countries.

Both parties also agreed to support international competitions aimed at identifying the best solutions in various fields and sectors, as well as exchanging programs on entrepreneurship and innovation.

The center has signed a MoU with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund to discuss the possibility of providing training programs and courses for the center’s employees of the Fund and the relevant authorities. In addition to discussing available opportunities for cooperative training within the Fund, and providing opportunities for participation and contribution of the Fund’s staff in Misk’s programs.

The MoU aims to explore the benefits of existing agreements between the two parties with international financial and educational institutions, in order to find opportunities that provide programs, training and educational courses, and granting cooperative trainings for Saudi youth in those global institutions.

The center also signed a MoU with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), aiming to enhance joint cooperation on educational technology and its integration into the educational systems in the Islamic world.

An MoU with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will enhance the cooperation between the two parties in several initiatives, including academic development, training, entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

An MoU with Endeavor Saudi Arabia will support the Kingdom’s youth, enhance their talents and potential, stimulate economic growth, and find ways of cooperation between the two parties that serve their common interests.

The center’s MoU with the Ministry of Economy and Planning aims to spread awareness, provide new information on the education and training of human resources in the administrative and economic fields, youth empowerment, and coordinate efforts to raise their abilities.

The MoU aims to create cooperative training opportunities in local and international institutions with the purpose of workforce growth in the Kingdom’s economic sector, contributing to the development of national competencies in the economy, policies and procedures, strategic planning, in addition to providing job opportunities for graduates from areas that serve the interests of both parties and support the achievement of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.