Dr. Sami Al-Homod, assistant minister for planning and development at the Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources

Dr. Sami Al-Homod
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Updated 03 March 2020

Dr. Sami Al-Homod, assistant minister for planning and development at the Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources

  • Al-Homod was appointed vice dean of libraries for administration and financial affairs and remained in the position until 2008 when he was promoted to dean of the e-learning and distance learning department at KSU

Dr. Sami Al-Homod was recently appointed the assistant minister for planning and development at the Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources.
He gained a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Riyadh’s King Saud University (KSU) in 1994. Three years later, he obtained a master’s degree in the same subject from George Mason University in the US and achieved a Ph.D. in information technology from the same institution in 2002. Al-Homod also completed a leadership development program at Boston Consulting Group in 2013.
He began his professional career soon after his graduation from KSU, becoming a system analyst and programmer at the IT center of the Saline Water Conversion Corp. One year later, he joined his alma mater as a teaching assistant in the college of administrative sciences.
In 2004, Al-Homod was appointed vice dean of libraries for administration and financial affairs and remained in the position until 2008 when he was promoted to dean of the e-learning and distance learning department at KSU.
He became a faculty member of the management information systems department at the college of business administration in 2012 and one year later joined the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development as its deputy minister for planning and development.
In 2015, he moved to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice as deputy minister for planning, development and informatics and supervisor of the ministry’s Vision Realization Office.
Al-Homod provided consultancy services to Riyadh municipality from 2012 to 2013 and also supervised its IT and e-services center.
In addition, he provided consultancy services to the then Ministry of Higher Education (before its merger with the Ministry of Education), Ernst & Young, and the KSU colleges of computer and information sciences, and applied sciences.
Al-Homod has received a number of international awards and honors including a UN award for public services on Smart Campus Projects in 2011, the Prince Bandar bin Sultan Award for scientific and academic achievement in 1998, and an excellence certificate in information systems from George Mason University in 1997.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 6 min ago

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.