Social Development Bank backs 40 micro-enterprises at Al-Jouf olive festival

Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets. (SPA)
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Updated 19 February 2024
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Social Development Bank backs 40 micro-enterprises at Al-Jouf olive festival

Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival.
  • The bank participated in the festival with a pavilion showcasing products and services aimed at promoting development in Saudi regions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Social Development Bank supported 40 micro-enterprises at the 17th Jouf International Olive Festival to help them gain access to markets.

The bank participated in the festival, held at the Prince Abdulilah Urban Center in Sakaka until Feb. 19, with a pavilion showcasing products and services aimed at promoting comprehensive and balanced development in Saudi regions, as well as providing support for local industries that are distinctive to each of the Kingdom’s cities.

The olive industry and its derivatives, which Al-Jouf region is well-known for, form a viable sector that includes several fruit, oil and wood-processing industries, allowing entrepreneurs to start a variety of promising projects.

Mohammed Al-Shammari, the bank’s branch manager in Al-Jouf, said: “40 productive families in Jouf region received developmental financing, with a ceiling of SR50,000 ($13,000), through non-profit sector financing intermediaries, as well as fully equipped sales outlets, to achieve further financial inclusion.

“These families’ development products ranged from the perfume and moisturiser business, which used natural ingredients and aromatic herbs abundant in the region, to sadu products and souvenirs, as well as popular dishes and food products. The bank has helped provide these families with the possibility to win one of the festival’s prizes for the top three participating productive families,” Al-Shammari said.

He highlighed the bank’s commitment to providing its developmental services, both financial and non-financial, as industries related to olives and their derivatives in Al-Jouf offer diverse opportunities for micro-enterprises, which supports the region’s economy and creates more job opportunities for the local community. He said that the bank looked forward to providing further support for pioneering projects and micro-enterprises in the region.

The productive families benefiting from developmental financing praised the Social Development Bank’s support for their projects, which contributes to their development and increases economic returns.

The Social Development Bank seeks to provide its comprehensive developmental services to all regions of the Kingdom. It also focuses on providing more capacity-building opportunities for peripheral areas to improve production efficiency and maximize economic participation, in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.


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Updated 18 July 2024
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RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief continues to provide healthcare for vulnerable people in Sudan and Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday evening.

The project in Port Sudan for urology surgery, from July 13 to 20, involves 11 volunteers with training in various specialties.

The team members have already completed six surgeries.

A similar project is currently being implemented for orthopedic surgery in the Seiyun district of Yemen’s Hadhramaut governorate, with seven operations already completed.


Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans

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Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans

Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans
  • Tel Aviv must end its ‘aggression’ and allow for urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged Gaza
  • UN failure to stop Israel driven by ‘short-sighted, selfish political interests,’ says Saudi envoy Abdulaziz Alwasil

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdulaziz Alwasil, on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that would compel Israel to end its war on Gaza.

Alwasil said Tel Aviv must comply with the Security Council’s own resolutions, which call for an immediate ceasefire and the delivery of aid into Gaza.

He said Israel, as the occupying power, must be forced to respect international law. This includes implementing the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures to end the genocide being perpetrated on the Palestinian people.

Alwasil said the UN Security Council, since the beginning of the assault on Gaza 10 months ago, has been holding “meeting after meeting to no avail.”

Meanwhile, the world continues to witness the Israeli “war machine deliberately targeting civilians and imposing the harshest forms of collective punishment by killing, displacing, starving and imposing a blockade on civilians.”

Alwasil added: “All of these blatant violations are happening before the eyes of the world and the international community continues to turn a blind eye.

“And this inaction pushed the occupation power, which is hiding behind a solid wall, to take advantage of this weakness and international silence to impose its inhumane, violent practices unabated.”

The Saudi Arabia envoy was speaking at a signature UN Security Council meeting called by Russia, which is holding the rotating presidency of the body for the month of July. It was chaired by Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Alwasil lamented the failure of the Security Council to stop the war, which he blamed on members of the body being bound by “short-sighted, selfish political interests that have impeded its ability to take the necessary firm actions to stop the Israeli aggression.”

“The failure by the international community and the Security Council to protect the innocent civilians has led so far to the killing of 38,000 people and the injury and maiming of tens of thousands, most of whom are women and children,” said Alwasil.

He added: “How can such a forced displacement that is recurrent in Gaza be justified? How can we stay silent in the face of this systematic starvation and deliberative blockade? How can the international community stand idly while a major humanitarian catastrophe is taking place before our eyes?”

Alwasil vowed that his country would continue to support the Palestinian right to self-determination and the establishment of a state on the lines of 1967 with East Jerusalem as the capital.

This would “ensure comprehensive justice (and) peace in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.”


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Updated 18 July 2024
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Press Agency said early Thursday.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a call on Wednesday to Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

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Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli strikes on UN school in Gaza

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has condemned Israel’s targeting the UNRWA-run Al-Razi School in Nuseirat camp in Gaza, and Al-Attar area in Khan Yunis, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

The statement described the attacks as “a series of repeated violations by the Israeli war machine against defenseless civilians.”

Israeli airstrikes killed more than 60 Palestinians in southern and central Gaza overnight and into Tuesday, including one that struck an Israeli-declared “safe zone” crowded with thousands of displaced people.

Tuesday’s deadliest strike hit a main street lined with market stalls outside the southern city of Khan Younis in Muwasi, at the heart of the zone that is packed with tent camps. Officials at Khan Younis’ Nasser Hospital said 17 people were killed.

Saudi Arabia renewed its categorical rejection of the continuation of Israeli genocidal crimes, and demanded an immediate ceasefire and ensuring the protection of civilians, relief facilities and their workers.

“The Kingdom holds the Israeli occupation forces fully responsible for their continued violation of all international and humanitarian norms and laws,” the statement read.

Saudi Arabia also reiterated the legal, humanitarian and moral responsibility placed on the international community to put an end to these ongoing violations of international law and international legitimacy resolutions by the Israeli forces.

The Kingdom said the failure to do so “not only reflects the inability and weakness of the international community institutions, but also portends consequences that go beyond this crisis and affect the foundations of international legitimacy and credibility, and the extent of our ability to maintain regional and international security and stability in the future.”

-With AP