Ali Al-Asiri, CEO of Saudi e-government program Yesser

Ali Al-Asiri
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Updated 16 October 2020

Ali Al-Asiri, CEO of Saudi e-government program Yesser

Ali Al-Asiri has been the chief executive officer of the Saudi e-government program Yesser since December 2017. He played a pivotal role in overseeing Yesser’s success in meeting the Kingdom’s digital transformation goal of developing an integrated smart government.
Al-Asiri gained a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
He has more than 19 years of experience working with local and international organizations in program management and organizational leadership, and has a proven track record in sales, business development, the solutions and services sector, information technology (IT), and telecoms.
Between 2000 and 2006, Al-Asiri was employed as an IT support engineer at KFUPM’s information and technology center before joining SNC Lavalin Inc., in Calgary, Canada as a senior telecommunications engineer from 2006 to 2007.
In 2008, he took up a position at Cisco Systems Inc. as a consulting engineer responsible for developing multiple project implementations and designs, and in 2010 moved to Saudi Telecom Co. as a program director.
He then went on to hold a number of roles with US multinational corporation Juniper Networks, including as service manager, senior manager, and services sales and solutions delivery general manager.
Between May and November 2017, he worked as CEO at PrimeGate for IT, and from January to November of that year held the same title as founder of CloudBuilders Technology.
Digital transformation is one of the key pillars for realizing the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and Al-Asiri has been a vocal advocate of the importance of achieving a fully citizen-centered digital government.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. 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.


• 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.