SJA board holds first meeting after elections

Updated 22 May 2012

SJA board holds first meeting after elections

RIYADH: The new board of directors of the Saudi Journalists’ Association (SJA) held its first meeting after the elections at the SJA headquarters in Riyadh.
Turki Al-Sudairi was elected chairman of the SJA; Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem vice chairman; Eid Al Thaqil finance secretary and Nawal Al Rashid, secretary of the board. The board consists of 12 members.
The new board of directors of the SJA was elected after a successful polling process where some 440 journalists chose the board of directors. The contestants were 17 full-time media men and women.
Turki Al-Sudairi ranked first with the majority of ballots for the third time bagging 237 votes.
In second place came the chief editor of Okaz Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem with 181 votes, followed by Dr. Abdullah Al Jahlan, chief editor of Al Yamamah magazine who came third with 153 votes; Talal Al-Sheikh, chief editor of Al Watan newspaper was placed in the fourth position with 141 votes; Dr. Fahad Al Akran, chief editor of Al Madinah was placed in fifth position with 133 votes; Qinan Abdullah Al-Ghamdi came sixth with 129 votes; Nawal Al-Rashed got 127 votes; Eid Al Thaqil managing editor of Al Eqtisadiah got 123 votes; Ahmed Fuhaid from Al Hayat got 123 votes; Muhammad Al Waiyel received 118 votes; Ebtehaj Miniawy, 115 votes; Al Shahry and Nasser, managing editor of Al Bilad newspaper bagged 76 votes each.
Al-Sudairi in his speech at the SJA meeting said: “The convening of the general assembly and holding of elections is very important, especially since it is related to full-time journalists.” He pointed out that the task of the SJA is to support the press and journalists.
Dr. Abdullah Al Jahlan, board member and secretary general of SJA said the election evoked great response from media-persons and 440 journalists from Saudi newspapers took part in the voting process for the selection of board members in a very organized way.
The 440 journalists, who took part in the voting process, were optimistic the new leaders will meet their aspirations and expectations.
Managing editor of the women’s section in Al-Riyadh newspaper Nawal Al-Rashed said she wished to be the voice of the Saudi press and an active member in the SJA.
She stressed that the SJA has ushered in a new era that is bound to satisfy everyone.
Al Rashed said that her participation in the session before the previous one gave her enough experience to avoid what happened in the first session. She said she will be keen to develop further training courses and that there will be cooperation between the SJA and sectors of press in the Gulf and Arab countries.
The involvement of a number of chief editors in the electoral process shows the importance of the elections.
Ebtehaj Miniawy, managing editor of women’s department at Al Madinah newspaper said the SJA since its inception in 2004 motivated her.
Thoraya Abid Sheikh from the Association of Human Rights said the role of the organization was limited to confirming the identity of the candidates and to check their credibility and integrity.


Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

Updated 15 November 2019

Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

  • MoUs with top firms such as Chinese tech giant Huawei, French oil major Total open new opportunities

RIYADH: The Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Foundation Misk Initiatives Center has signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh with local and international companies to support and develop youth talent.

Among the companies were the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the French oil firm Total, the Emirati Federal Youth Authority, and the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

The agreements stipulated joint work between the two parties in the fields of talent development in Saudi Arabia and information and communications technology, in accordance with the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

This initiative aims to find ways of cooperation and employment opportunities between the two parties.

The MoU signed between the center and the Emirati Federal Youth Authority provides for the enhancement of joint cooperation in support of youth. 

The two parties will seek to discuss future cooperation, to build a strategic partnership between the two parties in exploring potential cooperative opportunities and setting a framework for such cooperation, in addition to organizing the exchange of technologies and innovations through the joint organization of courses, forums and workshops.

The MoU aims at creating a specialized scientific dialogue between the two parties, conducting joint research at the institutes in the field of entrepreneurship and the skills of the future, considering launching joint initiatives, and examining the possibilities of cooperative programs based on the extensive experience of Misk and the Federal Youth Authority.

Misk’s Initiatives Center agreement with Total will promote joint cooperation, find training opportunities for Saudi talent at the company’s headquarters and facilities, and cooperate on educational programs that support entrepreneurship and an ecosystem for startup companies, especially in the fields of energy and technology.

The Misk Global Forum also witnessed the signing of a MoU with “Hub71” to promote learning and leadership among Saudi youth, and enhance opportunities for joint collaboration, in addition to two MoUs with 500 startups and seed stars “to promote joint cooperation between the two parties, to develop and grow the business of startups and provide them with the necessary

Misk also signed a MoU with the Public Institution for Education and Global Leadership to promote joint cooperation and achieve the objectives of both sides, to support innovation initiatives that instill the entrepreneurial mindset of young people, as well as the establishment and organization of entrepreneurship approaches. 

Both parties agreed to focus on exploring potential collaborative opportunities related to the Entrepreneurship World Cup, and establish a competition with competitors coming from 170 countries.

Both parties also agreed to support international competitions aimed at identifying the best solutions in various fields and sectors, as well as exchanging programs on entrepreneurship and innovation.

The center has signed a MoU with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund to discuss the possibility of providing training programs and courses for the center’s employees of the Fund and the relevant authorities. In addition to discussing available opportunities for cooperative training within the Fund, and providing opportunities for participation and contribution of the Fund’s staff in Misk’s programs.

The MoU aims to explore the benefits of existing agreements between the two parties with international financial and educational institutions, in order to find opportunities that provide programs, training and educational courses, and granting cooperative trainings for Saudi youth in those global institutions.

The center also signed a MoU with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), aiming to enhance joint cooperation on educational technology and its integration into the educational systems in the Islamic world.

An MoU with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will enhance the cooperation between the two parties in several initiatives, including academic development, training, entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

An MoU with Endeavor Saudi Arabia will support the Kingdom’s youth, enhance their talents and potential, stimulate economic growth, and find ways of cooperation between the two parties that serve their common interests.

The center’s MoU with the Ministry of Economy and Planning aims to spread awareness, provide new information on the education and training of human resources in the administrative and economic fields, youth empowerment, and coordinate efforts to raise their abilities.

The MoU aims to create cooperative training opportunities in local and international institutions with the purpose of workforce growth in the Kingdom’s economic sector, contributing to the development of national competencies in the economy, policies and procedures, strategic planning, in addition to providing job opportunities for graduates from areas that serve the interests of both parties and support the achievement of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.