DiplomaticQuarter: British envoy in Riyadh praises KSRelief for ‘outstanding’ humanitarian work

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah meets Simon Collis and Mark Richardson in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 12 September 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: British envoy in Riyadh praises KSRelief for ‘outstanding’ humanitarian work

  • The workshop discussed how to assess and analyze humanitarian needs, strategic planning and prioritize responses

RIYADH: British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis commended the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for the outstanding humanitarian work it is doing in various parts of the world.
The envoy called on Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor general of KSRelief, and discussed programs and relief works being carried out by the center.
The meeting took place at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh and was also attended by Mark Richardson, director of the UK’s Middle East and North Africa at the Department for International Development.
“During the meeting, the ambassador was briefed on KSRelief’s work to help people in need around the world, especially in Yemen,” the center said in a statement to Arab News.
“Some of the center’s projects and programs implemented in cooperation with the UN agencies were also discussed,” it said.
The two sides talked about a range of humanitarian topics of common concern, and ways forward to further strengthen the already close ties between Saudi Arabia and the UK.
“The British ambassador expressed his appreciation for the outstanding work being done by KSRelief and its international partners to alleviate the suffering of all in need,” said KSRelief.
Recently, KSRelief organized a workshop on “Humanitarian Needs Assessment,” in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The workshop discussed how to assess and analyze humanitarian needs, strategic planning and prioritize responses.
According to a UN report, the number of Yemenis in need of assistance has risen from 14.7 million in 2013 to 24.1 million in 2019 — a problem that will cost about $4.2 billion to address.
Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has sent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries. Al-Rabeeah said since 2014, more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.


Concerns rise over fake gold in Saudi Arabia

Local gold markets have seen stagnation in recent times, because of the increasing price of gold on international stock markets. (Photo/Shutterstock)
Updated 22 February 2020

Concerns rise over fake gold in Saudi Arabia

  • Accusations fly as pilgrims targeted by sellers of counterfeit precious metal

JEDDAH: A video posted on Twitter by a member of the Precious Metals Committee explaining the ways some gold manufacturers manipulate weight of gold and diamonds has attracted significant attention in Saudi Arabia, raising the question of the authenticity of gold in the Kingdom.

In the video, Mohammed Azooz said cover-ups have made many Saudi gold sellers lose power over the market, and that industry was being controlled by non-Saudis.
In the video, he explained how some people circumvented customs and sneak gold into the country, especially during the Hajj season to target pilgrims.
The Arabic translation of #cheating_in_jewelry has been trending in Twitter for a few days, and several people posted about the issue, blaming those who were selling fake gold to pilgrims as pure gold.
This is not the first time the fake gold issue has been raised. The World Gold Council previously suspended its activities in the Kingdom following claims that some jewelry manufacturers mixed glass with gold. Former Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal rejected the accusations at the time, described them as “grave and dangerous.”
Local gold markets have seen stagnation in recent times, because of the increasing price of gold on international stock markets.

FASTFACTS

• Types of gold depend on the percentage of gold per kilogram. For example, 24k gold, which is considered the best in quality, is 99 percent gold mixed with 1 percent of precious metal such as silver or copper. This type of gold is considered pure, and not used for adornment.

• For a kilogram of 22k gold, 125 grams of precious metals are added to 875 grams of pure gold; 150 grams of precious metals are added to 850 grams to make a kilogram of 21k gold, and 18k gold has 250 grams of precious metals per kilogram.

The price of one kilogram of 24 karat (k) gold in the Kingdom can reach SR185,000 ($46,700).
Gold and economic experts say that the movement in gold prices depends on numerous factors such as political and economic events around the world, the price of the US dollar in banks, black markets, as well as the supply and demand trends in global stock markets.

Types of gold depend on the percentage of gold per kilogram. For example, 24k gold, which is considered the best in quality, is 99 percent gold mixed with 1 percent of precious metal such as silver or copper. This type of gold is considered pure, and not used for adornment.
For a kilogram of 22k gold, 125 grams of precious metals are added to 875 grams of pure gold; 150 grams of precious metals are added to 850 grams to make a kilogram of 21k gold, and 18k gold has 250 grams of precious metals per kilogram.

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The Kingdom has launched an initiative, the first of its kind, authorizing authorities to launch a Shariah-based gold investment fund to enrich investment products through the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).
Moath Alkhasawneh, CEO and board member of FALCOM Financial Services, said the FALCOM Gold Fund was officially licensed by the Capital Market Authority. The fund aims to add value to Tadawul through a Shariah-based investment fund, as gold trading transactions are considered a good investment and a high-quality commodity with low risks in investment portfolios.
“Gold retains its value compared to banknotes — their value decreases because of inflation. The high demand on gold in light of the shortage of supply can drive the prices of gold higher in the long run,” said Alkhasawneh.
“The gold investment fund focuses on investment in pure and precious gold, and the investment transactions will take place at the Switzerland Gold Market under the supervision of the higher authorities in Switzerland. This will make it safer and more flexible.”