Saudi foreign minister meets Thai counterpart

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha departs Riyadh, concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha departs Riyadh, concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha departs Riyadh, concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha departs Riyadh, concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)
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Updated 26 January 2022

Saudi foreign minister meets Thai counterpart

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held talks with his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, on the sidelines of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s official visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation in many fields and at all levels, in addition to exchanging views on several regional and international issues to achieve the interests of the two countries, the Saudi foreign ministry said.
“The two sides also touched on the importance of intensifying bilateral consultation and coordination to push relations toward broader horizons,” the statement added.
Prince Faisal said the premier’s visit aimed to converge the viewpoints of both kingdoms and consult to end outstanding issues, as well as strengthen bilateral relations.

He said that the two countries are looking forward to intensifying bilateral action in maintaining security and stability, combating terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations, and drying up sources of terrorism and its financing.
Prince Faisal said that his country is keen to work with all international partners to continue efforts that achieve global peace and security.
He also said the two kingdoms intend to raise the level of economic cooperation between them in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its ambitious programs, adding that the volume of the Kingdom’s exports to Thailand amounted to $4 billion in 2020, while the volume of Thailand’s exports to the Kingdom amounted to $1.65 billion.
Prince Faisal said both countries agreed to continue work on developing their ties in all fields, political and economic cooperation, and extending more bridges of communication between them.
Meanwhile, Prayut departed Riyadh later on Tuesday, concluding his visit. He was seen off at King Khalid International Airport by Minister of Commerce and Acting Minister of Information Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi.


Saudis are natural-born storytellers, says Saudi Film Commission CEO

Saudi Film Commission CEO Abdullah Al-Eyaf held several discussions with international industry professionals. (Supplied)
Saudi Film Commission CEO Abdullah Al-Eyaf held several discussions with international industry professionals. (Supplied)
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Saudis are natural-born storytellers, says Saudi Film Commission CEO

Saudi Film Commission CEO Abdullah Al-Eyaf held several discussions with international industry professionals. (Supplied)
  • Abdullah Al-Eyaf discusses the importance of Saudi talent during the 75th Cannes Film Festival

CANNES: Abdullah Al-Eyaf, the CEO of the Saudi Film Commission, aims to drive the Saudi film industry by fostering an environment for young Saudi filmmakers to develop their passions and talents.

During a panel discussion hosted on Sunday in the March du Film pavilion in Cannes, Al-Eyaf expressed his vision for Saudi youth filmmakers and the important role they play in the industry.

“We in the commission strongly believe in the filmmakers in Saudi, actually they are the reason behind all that we do,” Al-Eyaf said.

The Kingdom’s film industry is bursting with talent and passion from Saudi filmmakers, writers, and artisans. What is needed now is the strong support from an entity to facilitate that growth. This is where the Saudi Film Commission plans to come into play.

The Saudi Film Commission, under the Ministry of Culture, has conducted numerous outreach and education programs to help Saudi filmmakers in the industry through masterclasses, workshops and training.

According to the CEO, Saudis play a pivotal role in the industry’s growth on a global and local level.

“These young filmmakers started before the commission was established and they will continue with or without the film commission that’s why we think the industry will not be built in Saudi without these filmmakers,” Al-Eyaf said.

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With many blockbusters films showing an interest in shooting in the Kingdom, doors are opening for Saudi production teams, special effects artists, actors and many more talents to contribute to the industry.

Therefore the commission is striving to establish a wider creative opportunity for Saudi talent through partnerships and representation in global film festivals such as the Cannes festival.

Through the organizations and initiatives of the Saudi Film Commission, the Saudi presence during the Cannes Film Festival has only grown stronger since the 74th Cannes film festival held in 2021.

It is known that Saudi Arabia has a wealth of locations through its 13 diverse provinces. During the initial days of the festival, this is what attracted many producers and filmmakers to the Saudi pavilion to learn more.

With many blockbusters films showing an interest in shooting in the Kingdom, doors are opening for Saudi production teams, special effects artists, actors and many more talents to contribute to the industry.

Al-Eyaf said that Saudis are natural-born storytellers; what is needed now is to support and empower them throughout the film sector.

“We really appreciate what they are doing and our only role is to support them and to have Saudi Arabia as a friendly environment for filmmakers to create their films and tell their stories to the world and to Saudi,” Al-Eyaf said.

The Saudi Film Commission aims to expand and strengthen the Saudi film industry on a local and global level through partnerships, investment and educational empowerment.

During the 75th Cannes Film Festival, the Saudi pavilion welcomed some of the biggest global names in the film industry — producers, directors and actors — to partner on Saudi film projects.

The commission’s role isn’t only to support Saudi talents but it’s also to foster a community where directors explore collaborative initiatives from filming in Saudi to creating films with some of the many Saudi talents in the sector.

In January the commission launched the third phase of the “Film Makers” program that took students through sets of comprehensive training workshops that were spread throughout the Kingdom.

“We have already contacted hundreds (of Saudi filmmakers) via either training programs, grants or the fund that we launched a couple of years ago,” the CEO said.

The commission has developed an incentive package for local and international filmmakers to establish the Kingdom as a global hub for film, creative production and industry talent.


Saudi Arabia re-elected president of ALECSO’s executive council

Saudi Arabia re-elected president of ALECSO’s executive council. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia re-elected president of ALECSO’s executive council. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia re-elected president of ALECSO’s executive council

Saudi Arabia re-elected president of ALECSO’s executive council. (SPA)
  • Members agreed on importance of maintaining council’s new and advanced vision

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been unanimously re-elected to chair the executive council of the Tunis-based Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization until 2024.

The decision was made by members of ALECSO’s executive council after the 26th session of the general conference, which concluded its activities on Saturday.

Council members expressed their appreciation for the positive results achieved and the complementary work of the executive council during the past 10 months.

They unanimously agreed on the importance of maintaining the council’s new and advanced vision and reiterated that the accomplishments represented an important shift in the council's history toward strengthening its role in supporting the organization and its programs to serve its orientation in the Arab world, as it had worked on several initiatives that strengthened joint Arab action.

The decision to re-elect the Kingdom came after the appreciation of the general conference for the efforts made by the executive council under the Kingdom’s stewardship, which executed its tasks according to a clear methodology and spirit based on integrated work between the executive board and administration of ALECSO.

The Arab ministers praised the initiative of the Saudi representative and chairman of ALECSO's executive council, Hani Al-Moqbil, to develop the council’s road map, which was put together with a transparent methodology based on the involvement of countries in building a common Arab vision to support and enable the organization to achieve its goals.

Al-Moqbil extended his appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their constant support, empowerment, and care, which was reflected in the Saudi role and its presidency of the executive council to contribute to a beneficial impact and supportive action for the development of ALECSO.

He also thanked Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who is also the chairman of the National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science, for his support, guidance, supervision, and harnessing of capabilities which gave direct and significant support throughout the Saudi presidency which helped it in serving its goals with all Arab countries.

Al-Moqbil also thanked the Arab countries and members of the ALECSO executive council for their re-election of the Kingdom and for renewing their confidence in the results that had been achieved during the past 10 months.

He added that this could only have been achieved through the spirit of teamwork and keenness to develop the organization's activities and constructive participation in adopting decisions and organizing tracks of action to reach the best possible results to contribute to achieving the goals of the organization, and to promote building dialogue and cooperation thus serving the organization’s joint work among the countries.

Al-Moqbil said: “Saudi Arabia, in its presidency of the executive council, worked to oversee the interests of the countries by listening to their proposals, observations, and visions to ensure that they are reflected on the ground and implemented in stages. The countries will work with greater effort and higher interest in taking care of the organization's interests."


Saudi FM receives South Sudan president’s security adviser

Saudi FM receives advisor of South Sudan President. (Supplied)
Saudi FM receives advisor of South Sudan President. (Supplied)
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Saudi FM receives South Sudan president’s security adviser

Saudi FM receives advisor of South Sudan President. (Supplied)
  • Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received Tut Galwak, security affairs advisor of South Sudan President Salva Kiir, in Riyadh on Sunday.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance, develop and advance them to broader horizons in various fields.

Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest.

The reception was attended by Saudi Assistant Minister of State for African Countries Affairs Dr. Sami Al-Saleh.

 


Two Holy Mosque chief announces initiative for gifted students

Two Holy Mosque chief announces initiative for gifted students
Updated 22 May 2022

Two Holy Mosque chief announces initiative for gifted students

Two Holy Mosque chief announces initiative for gifted students
  • Al-Sudais stressed in his speech that the presidency was keen on supporting talented and distinguished students
  • He announced an annual competition under the auspices of the presidency for talented students

JEDDAH: Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, has announced an initiative for gifted students in coordination with the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba).

The coordination between the general presidency and Mawhiba aims to contract a partnership or memorandum of understanding to develop and encourage local talent to become an integral part of the world stage.

Al-Sudais stressed in his speech that the presidency was keen on supporting talented and distinguished students as its goal was to maximize its partnerships with the education system.

Following the triumphs of the Saudi delegation at the International Science and Engineering Fair 2022 earlier this month, members of the decorated team and their families were hosted by the presidency to perform Umrah on May 21.

Following the triumphs of the Saudi delegation at ISEF 2022, members of the team and their families were hosted by the presidency to perform Umrah. (Supplied)

ISEF 2022 saw the participation of pre-college students from around the world showcase innovation in scientific research and advancement. Dozens of Saudi students scooped awards at the exhibition.

Al-Sudais applauded their accomplishments and he spoke more about the presidency's links with the education sector.

“What the talented team achieved by all standards is considered an unprecedented global achievement at ISEF 2022, by achieving 22 international awards, including best project award, 15 major awards, and six special awards, outperforming students from 85 countries.

“The presidency has dispatched a large number of people abroad for academic studies with the aim of developing their educational and academic capabilities, as well as urging researchers and graduate students to harness technology and digitization in the service of pilgrims and visitors through specialized research, elaborate studies, and support for creators and inventors.”

He said that talented students would be able to register their inventions and develop their proposals, and he encouraged younger generations to be a part of the Kingdom’s digital transformation in various fields through school curricula and quarterly activity sessions.

He added that partnerships were important, especially considering that the two colleges of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah had more than 1,000 students from more than 50 countries.

Al-Sudais announced an annual competition under the auspices of the presidency for talented students through their participation in any development work presented to the Two Holy Mosques.

He also announced a cooperation initiative between the presidency and the education sector to enable students to volunteer in any field the presidency needed to serve the Two Holy Mosques.


Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to protecting rights of workers

Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to protecting rights of workers
Updated 22 May 2022

Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to protecting rights of workers

Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to protecting rights of workers
  • Official highlights strong labor partnership between the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has developed three policies to increase the protection of workers’ rights, Sattam Alharbi, Deputy Minister of Human Resource and Social Development (HRSD) for Control and Development of Work Environment has said. Alharbi was speaking on the sidelines of the International Migration Review Forum at the UN between May 17 and 20, 2022, in New York.

Alharbi participated as keynote speaker in a session on labor mobility and human rights and how to improve labor migration governance for migrant workers in the Middle East.

The event highlighted the strong partnership between the Philippines, as the labor-sending country, and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, as countries of destination. It also served to review the goal of enhancing the availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration, facilitating fair recruitment and safeguard conditions to ensure decent work.

Alharbi emphasized the necessity of enhancing international collaboration to ensure safe, and orderly migration by harmonizing national policies and establishing bilateral and multilateral partnerships.

The three polices that he mentioned were the National Policy for Occupational Health and Safety; the National Policy to Ban Child Labor; and the National Policy to Abolish Forced Labor.

He discussed the Saudi Vision 2030 objectives connected to expatriate security, highlighting accomplishments such as their protection during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the vision's proactive role in covering several of the Global Compact for Migration goals.

He said that Saudi Arabia has signed 23 agreements with labor-exporting countries, the contents of which are per international standards, to ensure a partnership based on the promotion of human rights between employees and employers.

He also spoke of several initiatives launched by the Kingdom, stemming from its strategic objectives to improve the working and living conditions of expatriates and to attract international competencies, such as the initiative to improve contractual relationships and the vocational examination program. It also sought to activate new types of visas to meet market needs and provide more flexible options to attract skilled workers.

He stressed the Kingdom's initiatives to protect expatriate rights, such as the wage protection system that monitors employer’s compliance, the labor contracts electronic authentication program that allows workers to approve the terms of their contracts through a unified platform, the “Weddy” program to settle labor disputes, and the labor initiative.