Saudi Arabia ranked global 5th, Arab 1st for humanitarian aid

Time: 10 January, 2020 

The rankings were a result of the unlimited backing by King Salman, says aid chief. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked a global fifth, and first in the Arab world, for its provision of humanitarian aid.

According to figures published on Wednesday on the UN Financial Tracking Service platform, the Kingdom contributed $1,281,625,265 (SR4,808,021,026 or 5.5 percent) toward the total amount of international spending on relief programs.

In Yemen, the Kingdom’s 2019 share of international humanitarian aid funding for the war-torn country amounted to $216 billion (31.3 percent).

Adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said the rankings were a result of the unlimited backing by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for support initiatives around the world.

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Conjoined twins’ parents praise Saudi care

Time: 02 January, 2020

Father of Mauritanian conjoined twins Taqi Mahmoud. (AN photo)
  • The twins were brought to Riyadh on directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to study their case
  • Once the examining is complete, the doctors will be able to tell when they can carry out the separation surgery

RIYADH: The parents of Mauritanian conjoined twins said they were extremely touched by the support provided by the Saudi leadership to aid their children.

The conjoined twins — Mohammed and Fadhil — and their parents were brought to Riyadh on directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to study their case and the possibility of separating them.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the father of the twins, Taqi Mahmoud, thanked the Saudi leadership for the generosity shown to them.

He said he was very grateful for the leadership’s efforts, including arrangements to bring them to Riyadh, the welcome by the team at the King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital (KASCH) and the warm hospitality provided to them throughout.

“The journey from Mauritania to Riyadh in coordination with the Saudi and Mauritanian authorities was very smooth, and the procedures for transferring the twins to Riyadh were carried out easily,” said Mahmoud.

“We are very grateful that Saudi Arabia extended help with open arms to receive us, the service being extended to us is so generous and welcoming,” he added.

Mahmoud said that his family traveled on a private jet on the instructions of King Salman.

He added that the twins, who upon arrival in the early hours on Tuesday were transferred to the KASCH, are undergoing various tests.

Once the examining is complete, the doctors will be able to tell when they can carry out the separation surgery.

Mahmoud said that the hospital communicated with the Mauritanian Ministry of Health, which then discussed the issue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry found that Saudi Arabia was the best country for assisting the twins, and the Kingdom sent a private jet within just a few days.

Abdulrahman Dadah, Mauritanian Embassy spokesman — who along with other officials visited the twins at the hospital — told Arab News: “We greatly appreciate the generous support of Saudi Arabia with instructions of the king and the crown prince.

“We know this is common support from Saudi Arabia to every such case, we appreciate that the Kingdom was one of the first countries to offer this health service, we are grateful for this opportunity which is giving the true meaning to humanity.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Namshan, chairman of pediatric surgery at KASCH and the twins’ supervisor, told Arab News: “We received them in good condition. They are in stable condition.

“We have completed some investigations including laboratory tests, radiological tests and studied the heart condition. For the next few days we will continue with examinations to decide about the separation.”

He said that everything is being provided for free. The mother is staying with the twins in the ward, whereas the father has been provided housing near the hospital with other facilities and daily expenses as part of the humanitarian service.

On the duration of stay for treatment, he said: “It depends if we find any problems that will halt their separation.”

He added that sometimes there are problems and organs cannot be separated, which prevents successful surgery.

“Under the National Twins Separation Program, we studied more than 110 babies and separated 48 of them. The other cases were not favorable for separation,” Al-Namshan.

Should the operation be approved, they will become the 49th set of twins to undergo the procedure in one of the largest separation programs in the world, he said.

Mahmoud expressed his confidence in the Saudi medical team, led by the experience supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.

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King Salman receives top honor for humanitarian efforts

Time: 02 January, 2020

King Salman has been honored by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for his humanitarian efforts. (SPA)
  • He was awarded the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, which is the highest honor from ARCO
  • The king expressed his thanks to everyone from the ARCO delegation, welcoming the organization’s humanitarian work, and wished it success

RIYADH: King Salman has been honored by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for his humanitarian efforts, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
He was awarded the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, which is the highest honor from ARCO and is granted to kings and heads of states in recognition of their work, especially in the Arab world.
The award came during the king’s reception on Wednesday of the secretary-general of ARCO, Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, and was in recognition of the monarch’s efforts to reduce human suffering and an acknowledgment of Saudi Arabia’s pioneering role in the humanitarian field.

The king expressed his thanks to everyone from the ARCO delegation, welcoming the organization’s humanitarian work, and wished it success.
Al-Tuwaijri thanked the Kingdom for providing humanitarian, relief and development assistance to those affected by disasters and crises, and for the king’s diplomatic efforts at regional and international levels.
He added that the Kingdom topped the list of donor countries and that it allocated a greater percentage of aid from its national income than other donor countries. Saudi aid exceeded $40 billion during the last 15 years and it had been distributed among 124 countries across all continents, he said in his speech.
The reception was attended by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, State Minister Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, and Minister of Health and chairman of the board of directors at the Saudi Red Crescent Authority Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah.

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Comoros inaugurates Saudi-funded road network

27/12/19

  • The SFD has financed over seven projects in Comoros, home to around 820,000 citizens
  • The SFD is one of the largest contributors to sustainable development aid

DUBAI: A new road network, fully supported by the Saudi Fund For Development (SFD), has been inaugurated in Comoros Islands on Friday.

Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of the Comoros Islands, joined government officials and the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the Comoros to inaugurate the new road network that will provide faster and more efficient movement of people and goods, as well as better access to markets in urban centers.

The new roads include a 23-kilometer Airport-Qalawa stretch on Grande Comore Island, as well as the 12-kilometer Dundee-Langoni road in Anjouan Island.

The SFD has financed over seven projects in Comoros, home to around 820,000 citizens, valued in total at more than $80 million. The projects have supported different sectors in the island country, including transportation, health, education and potable water sectors.

Comoros’ Assoumani praised the Kingdom’s contributions and support of the country’s development plans at the inauguration.

Ibrahim Al-Turki, an advisor to SFD said: “The SFD and the Government of Comoros have a long history of working together. Our efforts aim to improve the quality of life for the people of the Comoros, and to ensure the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)’s through facilitating their access to new markets.”

The SFD is one of the largest contributors to sustainable development aid, promoting stability and prosperity since 1975. The SFD has financially contributed to more than 1000 international development projects through loan and grant mechanisms.

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The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)

Time: December 27, 2019

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The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)
Headquarters

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Key people
Ahmad Agil Al-Khateeb (Chairman)

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is a Saudi Arabian government agency that was established in 1974.[1] SFD’s activities varied from development, finance, trade and funding.[2] The fund was established to finance developing countries. The initial capital of the fund upon its establishment was SR 10 billion.[1] Since its establishment, SFD has contributed to financing 750 projects in 71 countries.[2] The Chairman of the SFD is Ahmad Agil F Al-Khateeb.[3]

Objectives[edit]

The main objectives of SFD are:

  • Financing the development projects established in developing countries.
  • Financing non-crude oil exports.
  • Providing development countries with loans, technical aids and institutional support.[4]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up to:a b “Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) | Devex”www.devex.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Saudi Fund for Development | arab.org”. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  3. ^ “Saudi Arabia to Give $16 million in Grants to Pakistan for Health, Education Sectors”RS-NEWS. 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  4. ^ “The Saudi Fund For Development”Eyeofriyadh.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.

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Saudi Fund for Development finances 240 projects in 42 countries

01/12/19

  • SFD increased its contribution to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by supporting local content

RIYADH: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) became a major pillar of the national economy during the past five years by supporting Saudi exports and financing the private sector with SR29.7 billion ($7.92 billion) in funding, says a report issued by the SFD.

In accordance with its strategy, SFD increased its contribution to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by supporting local content when implementing its projects, and hiring Saudi consultants and contractors at a total cost of SR5.12 billion.

In light of the Kingdom’s contribution to the achievement of economic and financial objectives in developing countries, SFD provided grants and loans amounting to more than SR44 billion to finance 240 projects in 42 countries, the report said

The SFD’s main objectives are to participate in financing uplift projects in developing countries by granting them necessary loans, technical aids required for financing studies and institutional support.

Since the launch of the fund in the 1970s, it has financed programs in different economic sectors including transportation, agriculture and energy.

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The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)

09/11/19

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Key people

Ahmad Agil Al-Khateeb (Chairman)
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) is a Saudi Arabian government agency that was established in 1974. SFD’s activities varied from development, finance, trade and funding.The fund was established to finance developing countries. The initial capital of the fund upon its establishment was SR 10 billion. Since its establishment, SFD has contributed to financing 750 projects in 71 countries.The Chairman of the SFD is Ahmad Agil F Al-Khateeb.

Objectives
The main objectives of SFD are:

Financing the development projects established in developing countries.
Financing non-crude oil exports.
Providing development countries with loans, technical aids and institutional support

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Saudi Arabia provides $18bn in refugee aid

02/11/19

Faisal bin Fahd bin Jadeed. (KSA Mission UN/Twitter)

  • Saudi Arabia has given more than 50,000 people Saudi nationality enabling them to move, work, enjoy education and health care free of charge

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed that it has provided nearly $18 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of refugees.
In a speech during a debate on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees affairs report, third secretary Faisal bin Fahd bin Jadeed said political, economic and social changes have forced vast numbers of people to move to the Kingdom.
He said the Kingdom has given more than 50,000 people Saudi nationality enabling them to move, work, enjoy education and health care free of charge.
Saudi Arabia grants its nationality to any child whose parents are unknown, he said, adding that the Kingdom is among the world’s biggest donors, citing that it has provided more than $160 million for Syrian refugees.

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UN relief coordinator thanks Saudi Arabia for supporting humanitarian efforts in Yemen

Time: October 17, 2019  

Workers prepare to unload a fuel shipment from an oil tanker at the port of Hodeidah, Yemen

RIYADH: The Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock thanked Saudi Arabia for supporting UN efforts to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen on Thursday.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths also spoke at the UN Security Council meeting and  thanked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his efforts in supporting the Yemen peace talks

Griffiths added that the UN team’s efforts in Hodeidah has also helped reduce violence.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s permanent representative at the UN ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that his country was ready to host a new round of negotiations between Yemeni sides.

Kuwait previously hosted talks on Yemen in 2016 but they broke down after the Houthis rejected a UN proposal aimed at ending the war in the country.

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Sudan has received half of $3bn aid promised by Saudi Arabia and UAE

Time: October 08, 2019  

Sudan’s protest leader Ahmad Rabie flashes the victory gesture alongside Gen.Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the chief of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council during a ceremony where they signed a “constitutional declaration” in August. (AFP)
  • Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi said Saudi Arabia and the UAE had deposited $500 million in the Sudanese central bank
  • He was speaking on the sidelines of an event in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: Sudan has received half of $3 billion in aid promised by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in April and expects the remainder to be paid by the end of next year, Sudan’s finance minister said late on Monday.
The Gulf countries agreed the aid package soon after former president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted, throwing a lifeline to Sudan’s new military leaders at the time.
Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi said Saudi Arabia and the UAE had deposited $500 million in the Sudanese central bank, while $1 billion worth of petroleum products, wheat and agricultural production inputs had been received.
Long lines for bread and fuel are a recurring feature of Sudan’s economic crisis.
“I met with the ambassadors of the kingdom and of the UAE, and we agreed on a programmed schedule that will God willing take us to the end of 2020, to finish off the rest of the grant,” Elbadawi said.
He was speaking on the sidelines of an event in Abu Dhabi, where Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is visiting after traveling to Riyadh earlier in the week.
Sudan’s new prime minister was accompanied on his visit to the Gulf by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of the transitional sovereign council, and other senior officials.
Last month, Elbadawi announced a nine-month economic rescue plan aimed at curbing rampant inflation while ensuring supplies of basic goods, which would keep bread and petrol subsidies in place until at least June 2020.

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