Afghan president praises OIC for promoting peace

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds talks with OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 26 August 2019
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Afghan president praises OIC for promoting peace

  • Deal signed to establish 100-bed cardiac center in Kabul

JEDDAH: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, in Jeddah on Sunday. Ghani praised the role of Saudi Arabia and of King Salman in hosting the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan 2018, in Makkah in 2018.
He also noted the continuous support provided by the OIC for his country and its active role in promoting peace and security.
Ghani said his country sought to develop ties with the OIC to carry out cultural and social projects to combat extremism, hatred and terrorism.
Al-Othaimeen reiterated the organization’s commitment to promoting peace, security, stability and development in Afghanistan.
He also praised the role of the Afghan government in combatting extremism and fighting terrorism, and condemned the recent bombings in the capital Kabul.  
Meanwhile, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Afghan Ministry of Finance signed an agreement to establish and equip a 100-bed cardiac center in Kabul to provide high-quality cardiac health services in Afghanistan, in addition to establishing four integrated rural health care centers to improve access to primary health care services in four Afghan provinces.
The agreement was co-signed by the president of the IDB, Dr. Bandar Hajjar, and the Afghan minister of finance, Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi.
Each of the four rural health care centers will provide a wide range of services in an area of up to 60,000 people. The total cost of the project is $24.84 million based on the preliminary estimates provided by the late King Abdullah’s Fael Khair Program, run by the IDB.
After signing the agreement, Hajjar met with Ghani and discussed ways to develop relations between the two sides.
Ghani spoke of his country’s economic assets, which chiefly depend on agriculture, emphasizing that the IDB’s support for agricultural value chains in Afghanistan is important for developing agricultural production and moving it from the stage of exporting raw materials to exporting products.
Hajjar briefed the Afghan president on the efforts of IDB to improve production and productivity in its member countries.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC). Her appointment was approved by the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday.

Al-Mutairi received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University, and her Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. She also holds a postdoctorate in molecular biology and genetics from Harvard School of Public Health. 

She did her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health between 1998 and 2000. Later that year, she joined PerkinElmer as a microarray scientist in Chicago.

In 2003, Al-Mutairi began her ten-year career with Aramco, first as a preventive medicine adviser and from 2007 as an administrator of general medical relations.

In 2009, she served as chief of quality improvement and risk management at Saudi Aramco Healthcare Services, moving in 2011 to be administrator of the workforce planning and analytics division. In 2012, she was appointed as the manager of the medical support services department. 

Al-Mutairi was the manager of the Johns Hopkins Aramco joint venture integration project between 2013 to 2014. In 2016, she took up the post of senior adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Investment until 2017, when she became assistant minister for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in 2018.