Saudi based dialogue center taking steps to develop local indicators

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Saudi based dialogue center is working in collaboration with the UN Development Program on an international project to develop its local socioeconomic and political indicators. (SPA)
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Saudi based dialogue center is working in collaboration with the UN Development Program on an international project to develop its local socioeconomic and political indicators. (SPA)
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Updated 17 February 2020

Saudi based dialogue center taking steps to develop local indicators

  • The center has held several meetings with UNDP specialists in the presence of KACND official

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) is working in collaboration with the UN Development Program (UNDP) on an international project to develop its local socioeconomic and political indicators, SPA reports.
The project will be undertaken in accordance with internationally accepted standards recommended in the UN social indicators program’s report.
In the past two weeks, the center has held several meetings with UNDP specialists in the presence of Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan, the secretary-general of KACND, and his deputy, Ibrahim bin Zayed Al-Assiri, as well as specialists from the center. The meetings are aimed at developing a national cohesion index and adopting it by the end of this year. 


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.