13th Meeting of Committee of Representatives of Civil Aviation Authorities in Arab Countries Kicks off Today

Cairo– The 13th meeting of the Committee of Representatives of the Financial and Civil Aviation Authorities of Arab Countries kicked off here today, chaired by the Head of the International Affairs Department of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Osama Abdullah Al-Zuhaymil, to discuss the updated and additional amendments to the draft agreement on exchanging exemption from customs taxes and fees on the activities and equipment of the Arab air carrier.
The Kingdom’s delegation to the meeting was headed by Dr. Mohammed Saif Al-Qahtani, an economist at the Ministry of Finance.
Director of the Arab Economic Integration Department at the Arab League, Dr. Bahjat Abu Al-Nasr, said in a statement that the committee discussed, for two days, the observations and proposals received from Arab countries, especially Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, and Sudan, on the updated and additional amendments to the draft (11) agreement on exchanging exemption from customs taxes and fees on the activities and equipment of the Arab air carrier, which the participants reached in previous meetings, especially since some Arab countries still impose fees and taxes in this regard, which does not achieve the required objective.
He added that the committee’s discussions are limited to the comments already received by the General Secretariat of the Arab League regarding several articles related to taxes and fees, tax exemptions, and the implementation of the agreement, pointing out that the committee is scheduled to submit a comprehensive report to the next meeting of the Council of Arab Transport Ministers next October, on the course of matters in the research and study of the committee, to amend the agreement on exchanging exemption from customs taxes and fees on the activities and equipment of the Arab air carrier.



Source: Saudi Press Agency

Shura Speaker Heads KSA’s Delegation to 16th Meeting of the Heads of the Shura, Representatives, National Assembly, and Parliament Councils in GCC

Riyadh– Speaker of the Shura Council, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, is heading the Kingdom’s delegation participating in the 16th meeting of Heads of Shura, Representatives, National Assembly, and Parliament Councils in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states hosted by Oman.

Dr. Al Al-Sheikh pointed out that the participation of the Shura Council in the Gulf Parliamentary Forum emanates from the Kingdom’s aspiration, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and HRH the Crown Prince, to shoulder ranks and deepen cooperation and action among the GCC countries to contribute to realizing the aspirations of the GCC nations.

Citing the support that the Gulf councils receive from the GCC leaders, Al Al-Sheikh stressed that the regular meeting of the Heads of Shura, Representatives, National Assembly, and Parliament Councils in the GCC countries contributes to increasing effective and continuous communication between the councils, and injects the Gulf work with new energies that carry ideas that keep pace with the current stage and the ongoing developments which require raising the level of coordination at all levels.

During the meeting, the heads of the legislative councils will discuss various topics that will be on the meeting’s agenda, as well as engage in several sessions which will be held on the sidelines of the 16th meeting of the Heads of Shura, Representatives, National Assembly and Parliament Councils in the GCC area.



Source: Saudi Press Agency

KSrelief Distributes More Than 86 Tons of Food Baskets in Taiz Governorate, Yemen

Taiz– The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) distributed yesterday 86 tons and 135 kilograms of food baskets to the most needy families in Taiz Governorate, Yemen, benefiting 4,830 individuals.

This is part of the project to support food security for the year 2022, which is implemented by the KSrelief in Yemen, and aims to distribute more than 192,000 food baskets, weighing more than 20,000 tons, to needy and affected families in 15 Yemeni governorates.



Source: Saudi Press Agency

Education Minister Meets with Acting CEO of the Global Partnership for Education

New York– Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, met with the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Charles North, on the sidelines of the Transforming Education Summi, in New York, where he congratulated the GPE on the 20th anniversary of its founding, which will be observed during the summit.
The meeting touched on the importance of education as a human right and a major driver of sustainable development, as well as the enhancement and advancement of human capabilities, and cited the Kingdom’s efforts to support educational projects around the world, given that the Kingdom is the largest supporter of regional financial institutions including the Islamic Development Bank, the OPEC Fund (OFID), the Arab Development Bank in Africa, and the efforts of GPE in supporting educational systems around the world, especially in low-income countries and regions, and its role in achieving sustainable development goals in those countries, in addition to discussing the future relations between the Kingdom and GPE.



Source: Saudi Press Agency

KSrelief Distributes Digital Headphones for Students with Hearing Disabilities in Aden

Aden– The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) distributed yesterday, in Aden, 300 digital headphones for students with hearing disabilities, as part of a project to respond to the needs of developing local capacities to teach students with disabilities.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor of Yemen, Saleh Mahmoud, praised this humanitarian efforts, which will contribute to improving the response of students with hearing disabilities.

This falls within the continuous humanitarian support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the KSrelief, to the Yemeni education sector and to develop the capabilities of children with disabilities.



Source: Saudi Press Agency

Pan-Arab Meeting to Review Ultimate Implementation of Arab Anti-Corruption Committee with Presidency of Saudi Arabia

Cairo– The Secretariat General of the Arab League today started hosting the first session of a team to review the ultimate implementation of the Arab anti-corruption committee, which is organized by the Arab League’s legal affairs administration in cooperation with the Saudi National Anti-corruption Commission (Nazaha) with the presidency of Nazaha Assistant President for International Cooperation Dr. Nasser Aba Al-Kheil and the presence of representatives of Arab member states to the committee.
Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League and Head of the Legal Affairs Sector Mohamed Al-Amin Ould Akik said that preventing and combating corruption is one of the essential pillars for the success of economic and social development projects, and for enhancing democratic construction for states, adding that combating corruption, uprooting it and prioritizing preventive measures are also considered a main pillar to avoid its risks and limit its devastating impacts on development.
He noted that there are multi-pillar comprehensive strategies that were adopted to face all aspects of corruption, enacting laws and preparing national mechanisms for this, including the establishment of independent higher commissions to combat corruption that are tasked with drawing policies, coordinating efforts of all concerned institutions, following up on the implementation of action plans, issuing periodic reports regarding anti-corruption efforts, and retrieving money collected through corruption.
He also referred to the support of the Arab League to national efforts exerted in stopping and combating corruption and subsequent impacts, supporting civil society institutions, and enhancing the respect of human rights, pointing out that holding this session is in implementation of what was endorsed in the fourth session of the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention, which was held in March in Riyadh.
For his part, Aba Al-Kheil stressed the importance of the joint Arab cooperation in anti-corruption efforts and steps to be made to implement the agreement as part of continuous cooperation among Arab countries to combat this cross-border scourge, in a bid to reduce its negative impact that undermine pillars of progress and development of societies, and realizing positive results in investing human and financial resources, realizing further growth, and boosting public performance levels to achieve economic and social progress for the Arab peoples.



Source: Saudi Press Agency