National Plans and Initiatives
The initiative is designed to maintain food security and circumvent any future food crisis by taking action to secure the country's food supplies. It provides for the secure storage of strategic commodities including rice, wheat, barley, corn, soya beans, as well as livestock.
The initiative also mandates maintaining price stability for essential food products. The government has taken a number of actions to tackle the issue of potential food scarcity and seeks to cement national food security through this initiative.
| One of the three largest botanical gardens in the world, the King Abdullah International Gardens will cover a total area of about 2 million square meters and consist of a range of different ‘world’ gardens, of specific scientific, cultural and environmental interest, that represent all kinds of different climates. In addition, its aquariums and parks will be home to a wide variety of animal life, from birds and butterflies to fish and reptiles. Aimed at the scientific community and the public alike, visitor amenities will include markets, theaters, meeting halls, coffee shops, children’s playgrounds and other services.
Displays will include a botanic garden with its own museum, a seed bank, a gene bank, scientific parks, an international garden, water gardens, a Valley-walk and open areas for strolling and picnicking places. Observation towers will permit visitors to enjoy all gardens, without placing either flora or fauna under stress. The gardens are expected to become a major tourist attraction and serve as a reflection of tourist projects in Riyadh and Saudi Arabia in general. This mammoth project represents a huge leap in the conception of large-scale tourism and recreation in the Kingdom, and in addition to residents, will attract visitors from neighboring countries.
Launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, this project lends great support to the efforts made by the Ministry of Education towards achieving the monarch’s vision of making education the pillar upon which a knowledge-based economy is built. That vision sees education as a force for momentum that can lift Saudi Arabia to the level of other advanced countries and raise participation of the future generations in the nation’s development, on all levels.
Its core purpose is to specify a set of internationally-comparable standards that will define the educational process. The project is also envisioned as developing an integral system for evaluating the quality and provision of education in general. This includes the development of academic curricula that keep pace with modern scientific and technological progress, as well as meet students’ needs for knowledge, psychological and mental balance and quality of life.
On the one hand, this necessitates re-training teachers so that they are able to properly teach the revised curricula and on the other hand, improving the overall educational environment to ensure better training and academic acquisition as well as reinforcing the innovative spirit of students. More Information
This project is a systematic overhaul for the development of a number of government sectors, judicial and financial entities, including amongst others, the ministries of Justice, Finance and Civil Service in addition to the Experts Authority and the Supreme Committee for Administrative Organization. Each of these entities must specify which mechanisms serve the project in terms of developing the judiciary within the bounds of an independently-allocated budget amounting to SR7 billion. It will help towards the comprehensive development and improvement of both the Judiciary and the Diwan Al-Mathalem.
The project is distinguished by the importance it places on the principle of judicial independence and in assigning the Supreme Judicial Council to supervise over all judges and other related departments and sectors. It is further marked by its decision to elevate judicial credits, as well as for introducing a number of innovative specializations for judges, which will serve to reinforce the notion of specialization, to the benefit of judges and court audiences. More
Located in the northeast of Jeddah province and established by royal decree in 2009 it is due for completion in 2014. The project is comprised of unique sport facilities that will raise sporting ability in Saudi Arabia. With several halls and training grounds that feature modern technologies, the facilities entail a qualitative shift in the Saudi sport landscape. With it unique design and 60 thousand spectator capacity, the 3 million square meter grounds will host local, regional and international sporting championships that meet FIFA standards.
HD monitors and TV studios overlook the site, which also includes as assortment of well-known global and local restaurants and business, a separate Olympic training ground, indoor sport halls that accommodate 10 thousand spectators, festival and conference halls, a large mosque, sporting academies and car parks capable of accommodating up to 8,000 vehicles. Construction is taking place around the clock, with those in charge of the project guaranteeing the quality and efficiency of the development.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz officially opened this international research university offering post-graduate studies on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. KAUST is envisaged as starting a new era of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, to the benefit of the region and the world. The University is supported by a healthy endowment of several billion dollars and is governed by a permanent and independent Board of Trustees and it welcomes eligible men and women from all over the world. KAUST seeks to implement research in strategic disciplines focusing on areas of science and technology of specific interest to the Kingdom, as well as to the region and the world, namely: natural resources, energy, the environment, bioengineering, engineering and material science, applied mathematics and computer science. The University has established multi-disciplinary research centers to support these disciples and grants degrees in 11 fields. The main campus occupies an area of more than 36 million square meters in Thuwal, along the Red Sea Coast, about 80 kilometers north of Jeddah.
This online Encyclopedia contains information on medical matters, nutritional systems, a healthy life style, access to medical care, as well updates on
the latest relevant news and events. It includes customer-friendly personal services and interactive applications and is designed to meet the needs of
specifically-targeted categories (i.e. men, women and children) and has been tested for accessibility to ensure it responds to the user needs.
Nurses and doctors can use its content to improve communication with their patients. The site has been developed to contain an enormous amount
information to help understand the potential consequences of taking certain medications.
This initiative is launched by Ministry of Commerce & Investment in collaboration with (Thiqa) company for business services. The main objective of the initiative is to maximize success opportunities of the online stores and facilitate communication between the stores and their customers. The initiative is useful to all individuals involved in e-commerce whether they are sellers or buyers. All can sell and buy through the electronic platforms and advanced communication devices. While registration is free of charge, there are no particular conditions for registration in this service.
This service boosts creditability of e-commerce and e-business since its website is a credible shopping platform to all buyers. The dealer will be provided with an icon to document his/her accounts in his own e-platforms. Moreover, the buyer can review accounts of dealers that are registered in the service and all their platforms and accounts that are integrated to the service. He/she can also review evaluation and feedback from previous customers.
Launched by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, the initiative aims to explain the role CIT plays in the lives of contemporary communities, by expanding media coverage of CIT issues and elaborating the role of CIT in the media.
Target audiences include CIT reporters at local newspapers and selected reporters from the CIT business sector.
In choosing to adopt free open-source software technology, KACST is aiming to encourage its general introduction and will create partnerships with public and private sector parties for the provision of the logistic, technological, legal and strategic services need to meet the initiative’s objectives.
KACST hopes to increase engagement in developing national policies on open source criteria and technologies. A digital library will be established that depends on open content and open access. Additional objectives include increasing awareness of open source software, open criteria, open content and open access, providing technical and consultant service mechanisms to government sectors that decide on a partial or total switch to open source software or open criteria. It will also assist in developing and providing training programs on free open-source technologies and support research and development on open-source software for meeting local and regional needs. It will also provide for cooperation with national CIT incubators in order to support and encourage promising micro and medium-sized enterprises that employ open-source technologies. Endeavor will be made to introduce concepts of open-source software in CIT education programs.
The National IT Plan (NITP) project has been completed. The NITP includes a long-term vision for IT in the Kingdom over the next twenty years in addition to the first five-year IT Plan. The long-term vision consists of a future outlook, seven general objectives and a number of implementation policies. The first five-year IT plan includes specific objectives derived from the general objectives of the long-term vision, and from implementation policies and suggestions for some projects, regulations and procedures. More
In accordance with the royal decree issued on 25/01/1428H (13 February 2007) which assigned the responsibility for regulating medical devices, in vitro diagnostic devices, prescription eye glasses, contact lenses and their solutions to the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA). And the council of ministers decree No. 181 on 03/06/1428H ( 18 June 2007 ) which gives the SFDA full authority to issue guidance that include rules and procedures of registering medical devices establishments and their products.
In fulfillment of article three of the decree which appointed the SFDA to build a database for all establishments working in the field of medical devices and their products. The SFDA is pleased to launch the Medical Devices National Registry (MDNR) to list all Medical Devices Establishments, manufacturers, agents and suppliers dealing with medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, prescription eye glasses, contact lenses and their solutions and the products they deal with along with their country of origin and any premarket approval they have from other international regulatory authority.
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The royal decree no. (8 / m) of 19/04/1406 directed King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology in its first tasks of its basic system to do “proposing national policy for the development of science and technology, and to develop the strategy and plan for their implementation." This also creates a national trend in the fifth development plans of the (1410-1415 AH), and sixth (1415-1420 AH), which called for the acceleration of the preparation of a comprehensive national plan, and far-reaching for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The following figure shows the targets set for the National Policy for Science and Technology. More
This national project is led by the most experienced agencies skilled in discovering and nurturing talent and uses a sophisticated scientific approach
based on the best educational practices in ensuring the selection of the most deserving candidates.
A massive database of all talented individuals, male and female, of all ages and in all parts of the kingdom, will be established.