Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Northern Borders Region launches digital platform

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan. (SPA)
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Updated 02 July 2020

Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Northern Borders Region launches digital platform

The digital platform for the “Developmental Initiative” was inaugurated on Wednesday by Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of Northern Borders Region, alongside Mohammed Al-Shehri, director of the Northern Border University, and government department directors of the region.
The digital platform aims to provide information, skills, and services to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurs.
The platform also includes icons for identifying premises of the developmental initiative “Tanmawi,” providing detailed information to investors about the competitive advantages of the region and investment opportunities available to entrepreneurs in all sectors.
Prince Faisal said the launch of the digital platform will contribute to opportunity and investment, update promising and new ideas in the region, and enhance opportunities for success, in addition to the platform documenting all events and activities of the initiative.
He praised the initiative’s achievement in giving a clear analysis of the elements of MSMEs and the resultant identification of the deficiencies and the drawing up of a practical strategy to address them.
Prince Faisal stressed the need to motivate entrepreneurs and increase the numbers of small and medium-sized businesses, in order to achieve the goals of Vision 2030. He also called for more efforts to serve citizens, by raising the proportion of the private sector’s contribution to GDP, and through self-sufficiency in goods and services, promoting exports, and a diversification in income sources.
The initiative was launched by Prince Faisal two years ago. It aims to grow the number of small and medium businesses, achieve sustainable development in the region, raise the region’s participation in the growth of GDP in the Kingdom, and make the region an attractive environment for investment, according to the goals of Vision 2030.
 


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies