Digital infrastructure enabled Saudi Arabia to confront pandemic

Digital infrastructure enabled Saudi Arabia to confront pandemic
Saudi Arabia’s strong digital infrastructure has enabled the public and private sectors to meet the devastating challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kingdom’s envoy to the UN has said. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 26 September 2021

Digital infrastructure enabled Saudi Arabia to confront pandemic

Digital infrastructure enabled Saudi Arabia to confront pandemic
  • Kingdom’s technological progress contributed to raising level of transparency, efficiency, says Saudi envoy to UN

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s strong digital infrastructure has enabled the public and private sectors to meet the devastating challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kingdom’s envoy to the UN has said.

“Guided by the national transformation program, the Kingdom’s technological progress has contributed to raising the level of transparency and digital efficiency,” said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN.

Al-Mouallimi made these remarks during a high-level side event organized by the Digital Cooperation Organization under the theme “Shaping a Comprehensive Digital Age,” a recently established global organization working toward achieving “digital prosperity for all.”

The DCO works with governments, the private sector, international and nongovernmental organizations and civil society to push for an inclusive digital transformation and the growth of digital industries.

The DCO’s seven-member body includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, and Pakistan. It accounts for a population of 480 million, 80 percent of which are under the age of 35. It said it is open to any new member that shares the same goals of “empowering youth, women, and entrepreneurs and leapfrogging the digital transformation.”  

In his remarks, Al-Mouallimi highlighted the Kingdom’s digital achievements and the efforts of the DCO during the pandemic. 

“They helped to make it possible to work remotely and adapt to the new conditions imposed by the pandemic,” said the ambassador, adding that the world is undergoing a shift towards digital transformation at a faster pace than ever before. 

“Digitization creates opportunities and challenges that go beyond borders, making digital collaboration an essential element in facilitating digital transformation at the international level, so that our digital future must be more inclusive and global efforts ensure that technology is available to all.”

Al-Mouallimi underlined that multilateral cooperation is necessary to meet digital challenges and opportunities. Countries must harness their full potential to integrate into the digital age, mainly dependent on global collaboration.

Al-Mouallimi said it is clear that the DCO emphasizes promoting digital cooperation to meet the current challenges.

“The core objectives of the DCO are about accelerating the growth of the digital economy, as well as promoting social prosperity to include all,” the envoy said, adding: “The organization also seeks to develop an ambitious model for promoting global digital efforts, making us, as members of the organization’s coordination office, forced to exert all efforts to reach our goals and objectives.”

He said that the Kingdom accelerated the growth of the digital economy in the region and around the world as a member of the DCO, stressing that the Kingdom will continue its commitment to maximizing digital capabilities at the national and international levels.

He added: “The Kingdom has put digitization at the forefront of the technological progress it seeks, and as a result, several outstanding achievements have enabled Saudi Arabia to make significant progress in global indicators, ranking first among the G20 countries in digital competitiveness according to the European Centre for Digital Competitiveness.”


King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking
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King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

King Saud University thanks Saudi leadership after being rated top in Arab world by Shanghai Ranking

RIYADH: The president of King Saud University thanked Saudi Arabia’s leadership for its support after the university was ranked top in the Kingdom and the Arab world by the Shanghai Ranking, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Dr. Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar said the university, ranked 121st globally, is proud of the national achievement, which adds to its local, regional and, international achievements.

“We are seeing the fruits of the university’s commitment to its educational goals in the field of developing academic studies, scientific research, and innovation in order to elevate our university, as well as the continuous work in strengthening our relations with leading scientific institutions around the world to achieve knowledge exchange with them and advance the educational level at the university,” Al-Omar said.

He continued: “We believe in the importance of appreciating successes and their impact in spreading a sense of self-confidence and belief in one’s ability to achieve more as is the case at King Saud University.”

Al-Omar said the university is continuing its scientific and research efforts to strive for excellence in various fields of science and knowledge in the world.


Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan
Updated 16 August 2022

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

Saudi education commission approves 2023-2027 strategic plan

RIYADH: The Board of Directors of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) has approved its strategic plan for the years 2023-2027.

The ETEC is the competent authority in the Kingdom to evaluate, measure and approve qualifications in education and training.

It covers the public and private sector and raises the quality of education in service of the economy and national development.

The four-year plan aims to develop the education and training sector in an effort to reach a world-leading Saudi model for the industry.

The Saudi model is designed to achieve national development and economic growth through the commission’s work with relevant national authorities.

It also aims to raise the quality of outputs to meet the needs of the labor market and Vision 2030’s Human Capacity Development Program.

The strategic plan covers students, trainees, learning outcomes, practitioners, institutions, programs, the education and training system, and the internal capabilities of the ETEC.

Its objectives are to improve student learning outcomes and performance through modern curricula standards and assessments, and to enhance the excellence and quality of education and training professionals by setting higher standards, granting licenses and pushing the pace of excellence in the field.

This is attained by conducting effective reviews, evaluation and accreditation processes, in addition to establishing a culture of continuous improvement of the education and training system, providing data-based advice to support national decision-making, and developing and strengthening the internal capabilities of the ETEC.

The plan also includes a number of initiatives, projects, performance indicators and targets that fall under the evaluation programs: the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Assessment Program for University Achievement.

The commission’s board of directors also approved updated academic accreditation standards in order to raise performance.


Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 

Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 
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Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 

Saudi trainee pilot dies after aircraft crashes in Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport 
  • A team was sent to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said

A Saudi trainee pilot died when the plane he was flying crashed shortly after taking off from Riyadh’s Al-Thumamah Airport, Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Investigation Bureau said on Tuesday. 

"The initial information indicates that the aircraft (Tecnam) took off from Al-Thumama Airport at about 6:30 a.m., with its pilot, a Saudi ‘trainee pilot,’ aboard a training flight," the bureau said in a statement. 

“Five minutes after takeoff, a mayday (distress call) was sent out from the pilot shortly before the connection was lost.”

The pilot was the only person onboard.

A search team was sent by the academy to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said, adding that the wreckage was located 5 kilometers north of Al-Thumama Airport.

The airport is located about 29 kilometers from the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.


KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp
Updated 16 August 2022

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

KSrelief mobile clinics provide treatment for displaced Yemenis in Walan camp

RIYADH: The mobile medical clinics of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued providing treatment services for the displaced in the camp of Walan in Haradh district in Yemen's Hajjah province, state-run Saudi Press Agency repoted. 
During the period from July 27 to Aug. 2, the clinics received 222 people with various health conditions, and provided them with the necessary medical services.
The clinics also provided 185 individuals with medications.
Moreover, KSrelief continued distributing food baskets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan.
Some 1,856 food baskets were distributed to the needy people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, benefiting 12,992 people.
This comes within the project to support food security, being implemented by the KSrelief in Pakistan, to alleviate the suffering of the needy and affected people.


Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral
Updated 16 August 2022

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral

Saudi man arrested  for shooting gun indiscriminately after video goes viral
  • The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported

DUBAI: A Saudi national was arrested in Najran city on Tuesday after he fired random shots from a personal weapon.
The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported. 
Another man, also a Saudi national, was arrested for documenting and publishing a video of the incident on social media. 
The incident comes a day after SPA reported a similar incident, which occurred in a governorate near Riyadh, where a man fired a machine gun ‘indiscriminately’ in a public place – he was arrested and now faces prosecution.