Riyadh will continue helping Sudan, says Saudi minister of state for African affairs

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Al-Qattan meets US Special Envoy to Sudan Donald Booth in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 30 June 2019

Riyadh will continue helping Sudan, says Saudi minister of state for African affairs

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan on Saturday received the US special envoy to Sudan, Donald Booth.

The meeting, held in Qattan’s office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jeddah, involved talks about ways to support security and stability in Sudan.

Al-Qattan assured the American envoy that the Saudi government and its people would continue to offer help to the northeast African country.

Earlier, the deputy head of the transitional military council in Sudan, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, said that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt had provided Sudan with assistance without interfering in its affairs, and thanked the Kingdom and the UAE for their backing.

In April, Saudi Arabia and the UAE granted Sudan $3 billion, which included a $500 million deposit into Sudan’s central bank in a bid to strengthen its financial position, ease pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve greater stability in the exchange rate.

The rest of the funding was toward food, medicine, and petroleum products, the Saudi Press Agency said.

 


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.