Prince Salman receives Danish crown prince, Jordanian health minister

Governor of Riyadh chairs King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives board meeting

King Abdulaziz Foundation names winners of prize, grant of Prince Salman for Arabian Peninsula History Studies

Prince Salman says young entrepreneurs make one of the bricks in the national economy building

Education minister launches administrative, financial resources management systems project

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Region, received Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest between the two friendly countries.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to Prince Salman; Saudi Ambassador to Denmark Abdulrahman Al-Hadlaq; and Denmark's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Christian Konigsfeldt.

Prince Salman also received Jordanian Minister of Health Dr. Naif Al-Fayez and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest between the two countries.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Adviser to Prince Salman; and Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah.

Meanwhile, Prince Salman issued an order to establish Riyadh Competitiveness Centre to raise Riyadh City's competitiveness, and directed to form an executive committee to supervise founding of the centre, operating, formulating its executive committee and organizing regulations under the chairmanship of Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to Prince Salman, and a number of senior officials.

The step came within continuous efforts exerted by the Governorate of the Region and its affiliated bodies to create an investment-prone appropriate environment, to attract private sector companies, businessmen and investors desiring to launch their projects in Riyadh, in order that it may cope with economic development tempo taking place in other world capitals and cities.

Prince Salman also chaired the second meeting of the Board of Trustees of Prince Salman Prize for Young Entrepreneurs.

The participants of the meeting reviewed the annual report of the Prize's secretariat general and other related topics.

The meeting was attended by a number of senior officials.

On the other hand, the Secretary General of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Samari said that the Scientific Committee of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Prize and Grant for Arabian Peninsula History Studies has announced the winners of the prize and grant for the year 1429-1430 H.

The number of winners is 21, of whom 11 won the prize and 10 won the grant.

The winners of the five-category prize and grant are as follows:

First: Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Prize:

1- The Prize for Pioneers of Arabian Peninsula History was granted to Sheikh Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Aboudi, Dr. Ahmed bin Omar Al-Zayla'i, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Humaid and Abdulrahman bin Zeid Al-Suwaida. The prize was granted to the pioneers in recognition of their efforts in the service of the Arabian Peninsula history. The value of each prize is SR 100,000.

2- The Prize for Youth in the field of Arabian Peninsula History Studies was withheld by the Scientific Committee. The prize is granted to youth researchers interested in the Arabian Peninsula History Studies in general and the history of Saudi Arabia in particular. The value of the prize is SR 50,000.

3- The Prize for Scientific Book & Article. The Prize for Scientific Book amounted to SR 100,000 was granted to Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Thunayan and Dr. Nadia bint Abdulaziz Al-Yahya. The Prize for Scientific Article amounted to SR 10,000 was granted to Dr. Said bin Dubies Al-Otaibi, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Sunaidi and Dr. Dalal bint Mukhlid Al-Harbi.

4- The Prize for PhD Thesis was granted to Dr. Huda bint Abdullah Al-Abdulali. The value of the prize is SR 30,000. 5- The Prize for Master's Thesis was granted to Khalid bin Abdullah Khariri. The value of the prize is SR 20,000.

Second: Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Grant: The value of the grant is SR 20,000 to SR 80,000. A number of researchers were selected to receive the grant.

Prince Salman also received Governor of Al Ghat Governorate Abdullah Al Nasir Al Sudairi accompanied by a member of Al Ghat Municipal Council.

During the reception, they reviewed a number of issues concerning Al Ghat governorate.

In the Saudi capital , Danish Crown Prince Frederik visited the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce. He was received there by Abdulrahman Al Juraisi, chairman of the Chamber in addition to a number of officials.

During the tour, Prince Frederik asserted confidence on the future of friendship and economic co-operation between the two kingdoms based on understanding, cultural respect, and common interests.

Acting Commence and Industry Minister Dr. Saud Al-Mat'hami had received Crown Prince Frederik.

They reviewed the bilateral trade and industrial relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Denmark as well as means of boosting trade and industrial cooperation between the two countries.

In 2008, the volume of trade exchange between the two countries amounted to SR 1, 643 million.

Crown Prince Frederik arrived in Riyadh last week.

At the King Khalid International Airport, he was received by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for Technical Affairs Dr. Mohammed Al-Kathiri, and the Saudi Ambassador to Denmark Abdulrahman Al-Hadlaq.

Prince Frederik was also received by Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, President-General of Youth Welfare.

During the meeting, they discussed cooperation between the two friendly countries in the fields of youth and sports.

Prince Sultan bin Fahd welcomed the Danish Crown Prince on the occasion of his visit to the Kingdom which comes within the framework of relations binding the two countries in various fields.

On his part, Crown Prince Frederik expressed his pleasure over his visit to the Kingdom and its distinguished role being played at the international arena under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier, wishing all success for Saudi Sports.

The meeting was attended by a number of princes and officials.

The Executive President of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), Dr. Mohammed Al-Kanhal received Prince Frederik and his accompanying delegation.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Al-Kanhal said the Authority is keen on enhancing its relations with the distinguished bodies which are concerned with food.

“We have been setting up the required regulations and standards for the protection of the public health,” he said.

On his part, the Danish Crown Prince said as oil has been playing an important role in the industrial and economic revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the agricultural and food products have been playing an important role for the Danish economy.

He pointed out that two-thirds of Denmark’s production are from food materials and these are exported to all regions of the world.

The Danish Crown Prince also noted that food products play a crucial role as regards Saudi-Danish relations.

Later, Dr Ibrahim Al-Miheizi, the Deputy President of SFDA for food affairs, signed a document with the executive director of the veterinary and food administration in Denmark.

The document stipulates lifting ban Denmark imposed after the spread of the mad-cow disease.

Meanwhile, a workshop was organized to discuss the standards of the healthy food and issues pertaining to surveillance of food as well as the requirements of export.

The workshop also reviewed the role which could be played by the international organization for animal health in this respect and other related topics.

On the other hand, Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Al Saud, Minister of Education, said the objective of his ministry is to graduate students in possession of knowledge and skills and have a creative spirit through positive interaction with the changes of the age.

“We would be very glad to have graduates that are fortified with spiritual, moral and intellectual perspectives and are capable of troubleshooting whatever encumbers them,” Prince Faisal said at the inaugural ceremonies of a project to launch administrative and financial resources management systems.

He said that the stage the Kingdom is now experience is a qualitative one as all sectors seek the improvement of their services after finalizing the quantitative stage that focused on spreading all services nationwide.

Meanwhile, Prince Faisal received three Saudi students who excelled in the Sixth International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) concluded in December 2009, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Ahmed Mohammed Burhan from Najd Secondary School, Riyadh won the Gold Medal in 2000 m steeplechase in 5.49.99 minutes.

Ibrahim Eisa Abdullah from Al Aredh Private High School won the silver Medal in 3000 M with 8.54 Minute. Suleiman Homoud Al Matroudi from Bishr bin Al Bara Intermediate School who won the Bronze in the International Junior Science Olympiad.

Prince Faisal expressed happiness towards these excellent achievements which ascertained brilliance of Saudi youth.

He also hailed the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, and schools in Riyadh's Education Administration, which resulted in these encouraging achievements.

The reception was attended by the Ministry's senior officials.