A look at how Xi Jinping leads China's COVID-19 fight in 10 stories

Xi Jinping presents medals at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
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Xi Jinping presents medals at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
Xi Jinping inspects the COVID-19 prevention and control work at Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
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Xi Jinping inspects the COVID-19 prevention and control work at Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
Xi Jinping inspects the COVID-19 prevention and control work at Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
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Xi Jinping inspects the COVID-19 prevention and control work at Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
Xi Jinping visits an industrial park which produces high-end auto parts and molds in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, March 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)
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Xi Jinping visits an industrial park which produces high-end auto parts and molds in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, March 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)
Combo photo shows Xi Jinping waving to residents who are quarantined at home at a community in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
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Combo photo shows Xi Jinping waving to residents who are quarantined at home at a community in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
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Updated 09 December 2022

A look at how Xi Jinping leads China's COVID-19 fight in 10 stories

Xi Jinping presents medals at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

For the past nearly three years, President Xi Jinping has been leading China in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

Xinhua reporters recounted some of the key moments and stories of how Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, has led the nation through the most challenging moments all the way toward victory.

SLEEPLESS NIGHT

In early 2020, central China's Hubei Province bore the brunt of the epidemic. The provincial capital Wuhan was particularly hit hard.

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday for the Chinese people, Xi had a sleepless night, with COVID-19 clouding festivities.

The next day, Jan. 25, Xi convened a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on epidemic control. He told his six colleagues on the standing committee that the situation was pressing and they needed to study the issue together. "I could not sleep well on the eve of the Lunar New Year," Xi said.

"LET'S NOT SHAKE HANDS"

On Feb. 10, 2020, when the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Beijing reached 342, Xi, wearing a mask, visited a residential community, a hospital and a district disease prevention and control center.

He held out his wrist to have his body temperature checked upon entering every location. Xi chatted with residents in a street, asking them about the prices of vegetables.

"Let's not shake hands at this unusual time," Xi said. "We must have confidence that we can prevail over the epidemic."

"We can absolutely beat it," the residents responded.

ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT WUHAN PEOPLE

On March 10, 2020, Xi visited a residential community in Wuhan. On that day, the daily number of new confirmed cases on the mainland dropped to 24, but Wuhan still had 14,514 COVID-19 patients. The task of containment remained arduous.

Walking between apartment blocks, Xi looked up and waved to residents under lockdown who stuck their heads out of their windows and balconies to greet him.

"Let's keep it up! Hold on for a little longer!" Xi said.

Speaking at a symposium in Wuhan, he made a special request for officials to supply more fish, a favorite food of the Wuhan people.

"I AM REALLY IMPRESSED"

In May 2020, at the annual session of the National People's Congress, Xi talked about an interview of a local hospital president that impressed him.

Luo Jie, a national lawmaker from the hard-hit Hubei, told reporters how medical workers in his hospital spent 47 days saving an 87-year-old COVID-19 patient.

"So many people worked together to save a single patient. This, in essence, embodies doing whatever it takes (to save lives)," Xi said. "I am really impressed."

"MOST BEAUTIFUL ANGELS"

In March 2020, Xi lauded medical workers as "the most beautiful angels" when he inspected the command center of Huoshenshan Hospital in virus-hit Wuhan.

Xi noted that medical staff, including military medical personnel, rushed to Hubei and Wuhan without hesitation after the epidemic outbreak, and have made important contributions to curbing the epidemic.

COORDINATING EPIDEMIC CONTROL WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Xi has been emphasizing the need to balance epidemic control and economic development over the years.

On March 29, 2020, when he inspected coastal Zhejiang Province, Xi visited Ningbo-Zhoushan Port whose throughput had recovered to normal levels due to the timely measures it adopted to resume production.

He called for efforts to blunt the adverse impact on cargo shipping brought by restrictive measures adopted by various countries to fight the coronavirus. He also urged facilitation for the country's smooth trade flow.

During the epidemic, he went to places including Zhejiang, Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces to oversee production resumption and poverty reduction.

In 2020, China was among the first countries in the world to resume work and reopen schools and businesses. In 2021, China registered a GDP growth rate of 8.1 percent, among the fastest in the world's major economies.

HONORING HEROES

On Sept. 8, 2020, a national meeting honoring heroes in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

"Are you keeping well?" After having a photo taken together with the honored, Xi stood up and greeted then-84-year-old epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan.

"Great!" said Zhong, expressing his willingness to continue working at the front line of combating respiratory diseases and handling public health emergencies.

Zhong was one of those who had been awarded by Xi in person the Medal of the Republic or the title of People's Hero for rendering meritorious service and making outstanding contributions in the COVID-19 battle.

A SLEW OF LEADERSHIP MEETINGS

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Xi chaired more than 30 meetings of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee or of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to discuss virus response measures.

Under Xi's leadership, the nation was quickly mobilized and took a myriad of containment measures in accordance with various epidemic situations. This made it possible for China to curb the spread of the virus and protect the lives and health of the Chinese people to the greatest extent.

GOLD MEDAL FOR CHINA'S COVID-19 RESPONSE

When the COVID-19 pandemic continuously wreaked havoc across the world, China came into the global spotlight with the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics culminating with fruitful outcomes.

Under the leadership of Xi, China fulfilled its promise to deliver streamlined, safe and splendid Games to the world.

China's COVID-19 response policy has once again withstood the test, contributing useful experience for the world to battle the virus and host major international events, Xi said at a commendation gathering for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

"As some foreign athletes said, if there were a gold medal for responding to the pandemic, then China would deserve it. I would say that this gold medal belongs to all the staff involved in hosting the Games," said Xi.

CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH

In the strenuous fight against the virus, China has been committed to safeguarding people's lives and health. Meanwhile, it has taken due responsibility for the public health of the international community.

Under Xi's leadership, China initiated the country's largest global emergency humanitarian assistance since 1949. It sent medical experts and anti-virus materials around the globe. It provided over 2.2 billion doses of vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations.

Meeting with Xi in Beijing in February 2022, then Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed gratitude to the Chinese side for helping his country fight COVID-19. "The vaccines offered by China have not only saved our people, but also our economy," he said.  (Xinhua)


Salam leaps into a greener future at LEAP 2023

Salam leaps into a greener future at LEAP 2023
Updated 06 February 2023

Salam leaps into a greener future at LEAP 2023

Salam leaps into a greener future at LEAP 2023

Salam, recently named the fastest growing Saudi telecommunications brand by Global Brands, is showcasing its vision for digital transformation toward a greener future at LEAP 2023, the Kingdom’s flagship global tech event taking place between Feb. 6-9 at the Riyadh Front Center for Exhibitions and Conventions.

Now in its second year, LEAP gathers tech trailblazers and leading digital experts from around the world, bringing together over 100,000 technology innovators to discover new ideas, meet disruptive trendsetters and investors, and connect with cross-industry mentors. 

As a forward-looking Saudi company, Salam’s booth at the event showcases Saudi Arabia’s vision for a digital tomorrow and how technology will drive the Kingdom’s digital transformation in line with Vision 2030. The interactive tunnel will take visitors through an immersive, futuristic world reflecting Salam’s vision for a greener and smarter future, including the development of smart cities.

Ahmed Al-Anqari, CEO of Salam, said: “At Salam, we are proud to support the Kingdom’s digital transformation goals by looking ahead to the future and exploring the various ways we can cater to the growing digital needs of our society. Combined with our pledge to contribute to a greener tomorrow, I am confident that Salam’s digital technology will help us reach our objective of being an industry-leading operator making a difference in the Kingdom’s digital transformation journey.”


PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030

PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030
Updated 05 February 2023

PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030

PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030

Since its official launch in 2019, PepsiCo has been continuously looking to empower, inspire and guide generations of women in the Kingdom through its “Tamakani” platform. Originating from the Arabic term that translates to “enable,” Tamakani is the company’s women’s empowerment platform with the goal to empower 1 million Saudi women by 2030.

As of 2022, women comprise 35 percent of the workforce in the Kingdom, which is an impressive 18.5 percent increase over the last five years.

“At the heart of Vision 2030’s values and our intrinsic values, empowering women comes as a priority,” PepsiCo said.

“When introducing the initiative, we focused on implementing three main platforms: Amplifying Voices, Facilitating Mentorship and Fostering Entrepreneurship, to bridge the varying gaps we came across in the job market.”

Aiming to equip women with the necessary tools, knowledge, skills and networks to become impactful leaders, PepsiCo has been partnering with associations dedicated to empowering women.

To mark the launch of Tamakani, the company collaborated with Eggdancer Productions — the Kingdom’s first female-owned and managed production company — to create “Rise — The Journey of Women in Saudi Arabia.” It is a documentary that chronicles the changing social landscape of Saudi Arabia through the lens of influential Saudi women. Directed by Danya Alhamrani, it allowed Saudi women to see themselves represented like never before, and the younger generations to get inspired.

Through the Amplifying Voices pillar, PepsiCo’s aim was to give a platform to the unheard stories of Saudi women. In partnership with the Family Affairs Council, the Mozn Podcast was born. The first-of-its-kind in the Kingdom, not only does the platform offer emerging and leading Saudi females the space to shed light on their professional success stories to inspire others, but it also allows their personal stories to come to light.

Some of the most notable personalities to have graced the platform include Dr. Hala Al-Tuwaijri, head of Saudi Human Rights Commission; Dr. Thuraya Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund; and Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Muqrin, representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO.

Tamakani also partnered with AmCham — a platform for the American business community to connect, grow and prosper in the Kingdom — under the PepsiCo-sponsored Women in Business Committee, to launch the Diwaniya Quarterly event. It offers a safe space for both men and women executives in the Kingdom to come together in an informal setting to discuss business and social issues.

Under the Facilitating Mentorship pillar, PepsiCo collaborated with the largest women’s university in the world, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, to sponsor the “Qudwah” program. 

The program aids Saudi females to take up the mantle of leadership, by connecting them with accomplished leaders to advance their professional goals and leadership potential. 

Through this program, Tamakani has empowered 68 beneficiaries to embark on a rewarding career path and recently welcomed the second cohort of future beneficiaries, with the aim to empower more than 70 of them in 2023.

Under the same pillar, Tamakani collaborated with Al-Nahda Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Saudi women for almost six decades, to sponsor their innovative “Fursa” and “Himmah” programs. This way, it is empowering more than 50 beneficiaries to be financially independent and secure sustainable employment opportunities.

As for Tamakani’s Fostering Entrepreneurship pillar, the platform partnered with the Atlantic Council to sponsor the WIN Fellowship Program. The council promotes constructive leadership, and in collaboration with it in April 2022, Tamakani supported 33 Saudi women entrepreneurs, to build their leadership and executive capacity to scale their businesses to new heights.

Overall, PepsiCo’s Tamakani initiative has empowered more than 100,000 Saudi women since its inception.


Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA
Updated 05 February 2023

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opened its first KitchenAid showroom in Saudi Arabia. The brand for small appliances has stores across the world, including in the US since 1919.

Yasser Al-Zagzoog said: “The company was keen to bring this American brand to the Saudi market through its agent, the Zagzoog Company for Home Appliances. This was done after a careful study that indicated the ability of this brand to compete and obtain a share in the market owing to its rich experience in the field.”

He added: “The inauguration of the KitchenAid showroom is the first in the series of others that will be opened in the Kingdom. The aim is based on a well-studied strategic plan to expand the marketing of KitchenAid products, as the showroom includes a series of new products characterized by best performance and modern design, in a wide variety of colors to meet the needs of every consumer.”

Zagzoog for Home Appliances was founded in 1959 by Sheikh Suleiman Said Zagzoog. The company has rich experience in the marketing and sale of home appliances for more than 60 years. 

It has 20 branches, 95 showrooms, 20 customer service centers and more than 300 distributors

Zagzoog is the agent and distributor for several brands in Saudi Arabia.


Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023

Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023
Updated 06 February 2023

Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023

Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023

Etihad Etisalat, popularly known as Mobily, will participate as a digital partner in the second edition of LEAP 2023 International Technology Conference, which will take place in Riyadh from Feb. 6 to 9, under the theme “Towards New Horizons.”
The conference brings together more than 100,000 technological innovators and experts from all over the world to discover pioneering ideas, build new partnerships, communicate with investors and thought leaders, and fly toward new horizons to build a more innovative future.
Through its participation in the international conference of decision-makers and technology enthusiasts, Mobily seeks to discuss the most critical challenges that our world is witnessing at the present time and how to overcome them considering the unmatched revolution of the digital innovation and artificial intelligence sector. These efforts are in line with the company’s objectives to enable the digital economy in the Kingdom and provide capabilities and opportunities for individuals to achieve their ambitions.

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Technological innovators and experts from all over the world will attend LEAP 2023 to discover pioneering ideas and build new partnerships.

Salman Al-Badran, CEO of Mobily, said: “LEAP conference is the most important event of its kind in the region, as it brings together technology industry experts, decision-makers, and stakeholders under one roof to exchange ideas and discuss mutual objectives that lead to a better technological future for all.”

Mobily is keen to reaffirm its leading role in supporting Saudi Arabia’s ambition and its Vision 2030 for a brighter and more innovative digital future, says Salman Al-Badran, CEO of Mobily

He added: “Mobily is keen to reaffirm its leading role in supporting the Kingdom’s ambition and its Vision 2030 for a brighter and more innovative digital future. During the conference, Mobily will also offer a range of distinguished services and advanced digital solutions that meet the needs of users and provide them with an exceptional experience.”
Mobily will offer a variety of technological solutions, including the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, smart cities, and many more. By providing a digital experience like no other, Mobily aims for a more vibrant and connected future.
The Saudi company, which launched commercially in May 2005. provides integrated services for three main sectors — individuals, businesses and carriers. It has one of the largest wireless networks by coverage in Saudi Arabia and the region, and one of the widest FTTH networks, in addition to one of the largest data center systems worldwide.

 


Al-Futtaim Engineering joins forces with Dahua Technology to bring smart security solutions to Kingdom

Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim. (Photo/Social media)
Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 05 February 2023

Al-Futtaim Engineering joins forces with Dahua Technology to bring smart security solutions to Kingdom

Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim. (Photo/Social media)

Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, part of Al-Futtaim Group, held the first-ever joint seminar in Saudi Arabia with long-term partner Dahua Technology, to showcase their smart integrated solutions in the domain of security and surveillance systems.
At the seminar, AFET introduced its infrastructure services division’s strong competencies to deliver Dahua Technology’s surveillance solutions across various sectors. These sectors include smart city surveillance, road and transport security and surveillance systems, education smart surveillance monitoring solution, hospitality surveillance systems, and multilocation monitoring and recording solutions.
Organizations have been embracing digital transformation to improve customer experience and enhance infrastructure, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals to build a futuristic city by harnessing data. There has also been a rising demand for cutting-edge surveillance technology and better control of network devices, without compromising on privacy. Understanding this, AFET is bringing its portfolio of infrastructure technology services and solutions to offer end-to-end IT services in the Kingdom.

This strategic partnership will further strengthen and support our cyber resilience capabilities and offerings to the Saudi market.

Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies

Murali S., managing director at Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, said: “This strategic partnership will further strengthen and support our cyber resilience capabilities and offerings to the Saudi market. Our expertise in providing holistic 360-degree solutions to the building and high technology industries, perfectly complement Dahua Technology’s focus on world-leading video-centric smart IoT solutions and services. We look forward to introducing our smart integrated security and surveillance and are confident that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship to enable a safer society and smarter living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Gary Li, general manager at Dahua Technology Saudi Arabia, said: “Today, modern security and surveillance needs are expanding, and our customers’ requirements have shifted from simple security and surveillance products to smart technology.”

 Working with Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies allows us to access and understand the technical knowhow while also integrating these smart solutions to exceed our client expectations. As a world-leading video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, we are proud to work with Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies to provide innovative and reliable products to their business units in Saudi Arabia.”
Through a shared vision of using premium quality products and holistic solutions, both companies have a proven track record of enabling their customers to grow their businesses and create value for end users.