Lulu, Indian Overseas Forum boost cancer awareness in EP

Organizers of the medical camp addressed a media conference recently, where they stressed the need to boost cancer awareness.
Updated 03 August 2019

Lulu, Indian Overseas Forum boost cancer awareness in EP

As a part of its social responsibility toward the community, Lulu Group is conducting a medical camp in association with the Indian Overseas Forum to raise awareness about cancer and its timely diagnosis.

The awareness section will be supervised by Dr. Abdul Majeed, maxilla facial consultant and president of the doctors’ association at King Fahd Military Hospital.

The 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. camp will be conducted on the following dates and outlets.

Aug. 1 at Alkhobar

Aug. 2 at Jubail

Aug. 8 at Dammam

Aug. 9 at Al-Ahsa

Following this camp in the Eastern Province, it will be extended to the Lulu Group in the Riyadh region, said its representatives.

It is supported by the Malayali Doctors’ Association.

A prominent role has been played in the medical camp by Sasidharan, IOF national general-secretary; Mansoor, IOF president; Gopal Shetty, IOF executive member; Salam Suliman, Lulu regional manager, Eastern Province; Hashim, Lulu commercial manager, Eastern Province. 

They all were present at the media conference where they stressed the need to boost cancer awareness and use the opportunity for a free checkup.

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Yesser spurs excellence in digital governance

Updated 13 August 2020

Yesser spurs excellence in digital governance

With the bold Vision 2030 reform blueprint galvanizing all aspects of its digital journey, Saudi Arabia has seen radical changes in the way government entities operate and services are delivered to people over the past few years. Since its establishment in 2005, Saudi Arabia’s electronic government program, Yesser, has been at the forefront of developing robust information and communications technology infrastructure and integrating digital technologies into all areas of administration.

Yesser CEO Ali bin Nasser Al-Asiri said the online platform has enabled government agencies to simplify and improve processes of their operations, increase the quality of services, and deliver services not only in a secure, cost-effective, and sustainable manner but also in accordance with the aspirations of the beneficiaries.

“More importantly, the availability of these systems has made shared government data more easily accessible for all entities and enhanced communication between them. As a result, the decision-making processes have become more effective and efficient,” he said.

The Vision 2030 agenda envisages “an ambitious nation effectively governed.” Working toward realizing this goal, Yesser has focused on providing the latest technical solutions to governmental agencies, programs, and organizations to raise the productivity and efficiency of the public sector. These solutions have revolutionized the system of service development and delivery in the Kingdom’s public sector.

For instance, the Unified National Platform “gov.sa” is a reliable portal for more than 900 government electronic services and includes information on 250 government agencies in the Kingdom, whereas the National Contact Center (Amer) is aimed at facilitating e-government transactions for the public by providing support services and addressing inquiries about 345 services offered by more than 40 government agencies associated with the center. Meanwhile, the Government Service Bus (GSB) facilitates the integration and exchange of shared government data between government agencies for safe and timely online delivery of services.

Yesser’s initiatives were also instrumental in ensuring the continuity of public sector services when various measures taken by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 posed significant operational challenges. Besides helping activate remote working for government agencies, the entity introduced many initiatives, such as the launch of a guide for telework, benefiting 94 percent of the government agencies in the Kingdom. Yesser also collaborated with various ministries and authorities to facilitate the return of Saudi citizens stranded outside the Kingdom due to border shutdowns and air travel suspension.

Yesser was established by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in 2005 in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and the Communication and Information Technology Commission, in response to a royal decree directing MCIT to formulate a plan for providing government services and transactions electronically.