Saudi G20: Youth group discusses empowerment

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Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi G20: Youth group discusses empowerment

  • Young leaders emphasize importance of using new technologies to amplify youth voices,

RIYADH: Young people from around the world took part in a virtual meeting as part of Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency to discuss international issues related to youth. 

Organized by the Misk Foundation in partnership with the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, attendees discussed challenges to youth leadership, particularly lack of opportunity, and the importance of youth leadership, highlighting the different perspectives young people offer, and their adaptability to a rapidly changing world. 

Othman Al-Moamar, Y20 chair and research manager at Misk, said that sharing the platform with youth delegates was a great responsibility.

“Youth’s challenges today are further exacerbated by COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease pandemic) and it’s up to us to make sure we fulfill the promise of this platform by amplifying youth voices and ideas to ultimately see our leaders implement youth-led solutions.”

Other issues discussed in the meeting included the importance of access to education – particularly at the secondary level – to ensure young people have the skills they need, the removal of the stigma surrounding youth leadership, ideas, and participation, and the need to focus on initiatives, policies, and ideas that were realistic and could achieve real-world impact – particularly with the challenges posed by COVID-19.

A number of common themes emerged, such as using technology to develop a global, online platform for young voices as well as the importance of ensuring diversity and ending discrimination.

Saudi Arabia’s Y20 team have chosen to focus their activities around three key themes that complement the broader G20 goals: Future fit – preparing for the future of work and entrepreneurship; empowerment – developing agile and dynamic future leaders; and global citizens – promoting proactive, culturally sensitive problem solvers.


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.