Dr. Abdulhamid Al-Khalifa, director general of the OPEC Fund for International Development

Time: July 21, 2019  

OFID Director General Abdulhamid Al-Khalifa

Dr. Abdulhamid Al-Khalifa has been the director general of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) since November 2018.

Elected at OFID’s June 2018 Ministerial Council meeting, Al-Khalifa replaces Suleiman Al-Herbish, who served three terms as OFID director general between 2003 and 2018.

Prior to his appointment at OFID, Al-Khalifa was deputy secretary-general of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund from 2014 to 2018 and adviser to the secretary-general from 2010 to 2014.

He has also held a number of leadership positions at the World Bank Group and served the government of Saudi Arabia in various capacities.

Al-Khalifa holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Miami, Florida, and a master’s in applied economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

During OFID’s annual ministerial meeting in Vienna, Al-Khalifa said: “OFID’s vision is to be a relevant, agile and efficient development finance institution that can deliver maximum development impact to its partner countries, while becoming self-sustainable in financing its operations.”

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan headed the Saudi delegation at the meeting.

The Kingdom is the largest stakeholder in the fund, which was established in 1976 with the aim of contributing to the social and economic development of emerging and less-advanced countries. OFID’s financial aid has so far benefited 134 countries.

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Saudi Arabia and UAE send 50,000 tons of fertilizer to Sudan

14/07/19

A Sudanese farmer ploughs his field in the capital Khartoum on April 22, 2010. The newly elected governor of Khartoum warned on April 21 against protests disintegrating into violence like in “Tehran or Nairobi” after next week’s announcement of Sudan’s election results. AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)
A Sudanese farmer plows his field in the capital Khartoum. (File/AFP)
  • The aid was an extension of the $3bn financial support already provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent a ship carrying 50,000 tons of fertilizer to Sudan.
The aid, which left Jubail in the Kingdom for Port Sudan, will “urgently save the agricultural season in the country and help farmers,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The fertilizer was an extension of the $3 billion financial support already provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to the country, including a $500 million deposit into the Central Bank of Sudan.
The aid is to support the economy and ease pressure on the Sudanese pound, SPA said.
Sudan has been embroiled in months of turmoil after a deep economic crisis engulfed the country last year. Protests forced President Omar Al-Bashir from power in April after decades in at the helm of the country and a military transitional council reached a power sharing deal with the main opposition alliance this month.
SPA said the urea fertilizer would help the Sudanese people during the current crisis and ease the burden on Sudanese farmers “given that agriculture is a major source of income for a large number of the population.”

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Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib, lead specialist of the nonprofit Saudi organization Albalsam International

Time: July 05, 2019  

Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib

Top pediatrician Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib was born in Madinah, on Jan. 5, 1966. He has been leading a team of medical specialists from the Kingdom’s nonprofit organization Albalsam International, that has just completed surgeries on 14 Tanzanian children.

The week-long surgery trip, which ended on June 29, was the second visit by the Albalsam team to the East African country.

Habib gained his doctor of medicine degree from King Saud University, in 1989, and attained a master’s degree in pediatric surgery from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada in 2004.

His also worked as a resident general surgeon at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh from 1990 to 1996 and was a fellow pediatric surgeon from 1997 to 2007.

Habib was an associate consultant pediatric surgeon from 2001 to 2002, has been a consultant pediatric surgeon since 2002, was director of pediatric surgery from 2002 to 2005, has been chairman of the departmental mortality and morbidity committee in Saudi Arabia since 2004, and was a fellow pediatric surgeon at McMaster University from 2000 to 2001.

He is also a member of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, the Saudi Pediatric Association, and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

The Albalsam medical team’s visit to Africa came in response to a request from the Tanzanian government and was carried out in coordination with Tanzania’s ambassador in Riyadh, Hemedi Idd Mgaza.

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Saudi Arabia’s aid agency to extend vaccination program in Yemen

Time: July 03, 2019

The project aims to vaccinate 1,140,000 Yemeni children against various diseases at a cost of over $4.8 million. (SPA)
  • King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015, to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed an agreement with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday to extend a vaccination project for Yemeni children for another six months.
The agreement was co-signed by KSRelief Assistant General Supervisor Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez and UNICEF’s regional chief field officer, Eltayeb Adam.
The project aims to vaccinate 1,140,000 Yemeni children against various diseases at a cost of over $4.8 million.
On Monday, KSRelief announced it had also distributed 450 food baskets to displaced people in the Hajjah governorate in the country, benefiting 2,700 people.
King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015, to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs. Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000, with 225 projects worth $389,682,000 targeting women and 234 projects worth $529,463,000 targeting children.

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Al-Balsam International Organization performs cardiac surgeries in Yemen’s Mukalla

Time: May 05, 2019  

The organization’s medical team performed an open-heart surgery and seven therapeutic cardiac catheterizations on Yemeni citizens. (SPA)
  • The target of the campaign, which runs from May 26 to June 2, is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries
  • Al-Balsam’s medical campaigns in Yemen started in 2003

RIYADH: On the first day of its operations, Al-Balsam International Organization on Sunday succeeded in saving the lives of 8 Yemeni people in the port city of Mukalla, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The organization’s medical team performed an open-heart surgery and seven therapeutic cardiac catheterizations on Yemeni citizens.
The target of the campaign, which runs from May 26 to June 2, is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries and around 90 therapeutic cardiac catheterizations.
The governor of Hadramout Province, Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmeen Al-Bahsani, thanked Saudi Arabia and Al-Balsam’s team, who were prevented from arriving in time by cyclone Mekunu, for providing medical services to heart patients in Yemen on a daily basis during their stay.
On the sidelines of his meeting with Al-Balsam’s medical team on Sunday at the Charitable Foundation of Cardiology in the city of Mukalla, Al-Bahsani said: “This is the medical team’s second visit, and what those consultant cardiologists from Saudi Arabia are doing is great, distinctive, and very humane.”
He praised the enthusiasm and determination of the medical team, who are keen to help heart patients in Hadramout and in Yemen after their circumstances prevented them from traveling abroad to receive medical attention.
The executive director of Al-Balsam International Organization, Emad Bukhari, said Al-Balsam’s medical campaigns in Yemen started in 2003 and have always been welcomed in the Yemeni provinces in which they have worked.

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