Winners of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques International Prize for Translation announced

Saudi Economic Forum in Jeddah lays out Saudi Arabia’s cultural challenges

Heads of Saudi universities stress importance of universities’ role in enhancing moderation among Arab youths

The Secretariat of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Prize for Translation announced the winners of the prize for the year 1431 H. - 2010 G.

The winners were announced in a ceremony held under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Member of the Board of Directors of King Abdulaziz Public Library and President of the Prize's Council of Trustees.

In a speech on the occasion, Prince Abdulaziz highlighted the king's support for the prize and for promotion of cultural and civilization dialogue among nations and peoples.

The winners of the prize were the Arab Translation Organization; Dr. Mohammad bin Abdullah Alzghaibi; Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Alghasham; Dr. Yosif Ahmad Barakat; Dr. George Zaitani; Dr. Mohammad Badawi; Dr. France Shob; Dr. Yolanda Ghowardi and Hosain bin Shainah.

Two translators were honored. They were Dr. Chong Jaikon and Dr. Mohammad A'nani.

Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja expressed pleasure at the success of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz's International Award for Translation in attracting big cultural and scientific establishments and foundations and showing keenness to nominate the best of translated works in humane and applied sciences to compete for the Award.

He emphasized that this success embodies the world community's appreciation for the initiatives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on dialogue among civilizations in order to foster values of peace and co-existence among different nations.

In a statement marking the occasion of announcing the winners of the 4th round of the Award, Dr. Khoja said that attaching the Award to the name of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has consolidated the award's recognition and appreciation as a great cultural and scientific project.

He said the award is yet another mechanism and means for opening doors of dialogue and knowledge and cultural communication among the Arab Islamic civilization on one hand and different world civilizations on the other within the framework of a firm belief of the Saudi prudent leadership in the importance of dialogue with others, openness to meet them, sharing human values, and closing the doors before pretexts for civilizational struggle or confrontation which was proved false in history.

He stated that human civilization is the product of a common effort of all nations and peoples.

The Minister of Culture and Information pointed out that translation was the way that benefited the contemporary western civilization from the Islamic civilization according to testimonies by fair witnesses in both the west and east.

He added that stimulating the movement of translation remains a necessity to enlarge the use of the human family from any scientific, intellectual or innovative product of different cultures, confirming that the diversification of the award's domains helps achieving that goal and lays the foundation for a sound knowledge of the cultural and civilizational characteristics of other peoples and countries, itself a condition for a constructive dialogue away from any claims or attempts to impose a specific culture on others.

The Minister expressed confidence that the winning works would contribute to enriching the Arab library in the modern sciences fields and opens a new wide window for introducing our Arab Islamic civilization to the world.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Assaf addressed 'Saudi Economic Forum', which started its two-day deliberations in Jeddah Tuesday. The Forum will focus on the current global economy and the driving force behind Saudi Arabia's economy.

It is being organized by the Ministry of Finance in cooperation with Economy and Business Group at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.

Another key speaker of the Forum will be the Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), Dr. Mohammed Al-Jasser.

Other speakers will touch upon subjects like Global Economic Prospects, issues of investment and financial policies and the global economic outlook.

Some delegates of Saudi companies will tackle prime issues like the future of the Saudi economy; the most prominent sectors for growth in the Saudi economy and measures to create jobs and bring about the added-value to the national economy.

One of the sessions of the Forum on Wednesday dealt with 'the region's economy and expectations of the next stage on the assessment of the situation of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) economies after the crisis and drawing the main lessons that can redirect some of the economic options.

Another session will shed light on 'the banking industry in Saudi Arabia and the region and the challenges of the next stage and quality control systems and the organizational systems and structures of money markets and banks that are needed in the region to avoid slipping into economic crises in the future.

These speakers are from Saudi Arabia, other GCC countries, Arab, Muslim and friendly countries of the Kingdom from abroad.

The final session of the Forum reviewed 'The role of the Saudi private sector and investment in infrastructure to support economic development,' and the challenges that lie ahead.

World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati also addressed the Forum and highlighted the Bank's vision and its strategy towards the region in general and Saudi Arabia in particular.

Moreover, Minister Assaf received at his office this week the Managing Director of the World Bank Group, Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati who is currently on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in the 4th seminar on the cities of knowledge organized by the Al-Madinah Municipality in cooperation with the World Bank.

She is also participating in the Saudi Economic Forum currently being held in Riyadh.

During the reception, Dr. Al-Assaf and Dr. Indrawati discussed the role of the World Bank in supporting the region's countries.

On the other hand, the conference on the role of Arab universities in promoting the principle of moderation among Arab youth started its first session in Madinah this week.

The first meeting of the four-day conference was convened under the chairmanship of the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki.

The conference is due to discuss six main topics in 11 sessions.