Saudi labor minister stresses Kingdom’s pursuit in raising awareness against drugs

Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis
Updated 20 October 2017

Saudi labor minister stresses Kingdom’s pursuit in raising awareness against drugs

RIYADH: The Minister of Labor and Social Development and member of the National Committee for Drug Control, Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis, stressed the need to concert efforts to face and eradicate the scourge of drugs and the need to cooperate with the relevant sectors and authorities to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs on individuals and society.
The educational forum for the prevention of drug abuse in the work environment was held on Thursday under the auspices of Al-Ghafis at the ministry in Riyadh.
During the forum, Al-Ghafis said: “The ministry is supporting the efforts of relevant authorities fighting drugs by providing all possible means that help raise awareness about drug dangers.”
The secretary-general of the National Committee of Narcotics Control (NCNC), deputy director general of the General Directorate for Drug Control, and chairman of the National Committee for Combating Drugs (Nebras), Abdul Ilah Al-Sharif, indicated that governmental institutions, especially the security bodies, are doing their best to protect the youth from malicious and ill-intentioned people who work day and night against this country.
Al-Sharif added: “This forum falls into the framework of the social role of the ministry in cooperation with Nebras, and is a part of our national duty to protect the Kingdom and the youth from all dangers.”
“The government has established centers and hospitals to help the drug addicts and abusers completely recover, so they can become effective members of society,” he added.
The forum public watched a video featuring the government’s efforts in fighting drugs, and another one on Nebras’ efforts.


Oil surges on hopes of new deal on output cuts

Updated 02 June 2020

Oil surges on hopes of new deal on output cuts

  • Brent price has doubled in five weeks
  • OPEC talks may be brought forward

DUBAI: Oil prices surged toward $40 a barrel on Monday as hopes rose for an early agreement to extend the big production cuts agreed by Saudi Arabia and Russia under the OPEC+ alliance.

Brent, the global benchmark, jumped by more 9 percent to nearly $39, continuing the surge that has doubled the price in five weeks — the best performance in its history. It recovered after record supply cuts agreed between the 23 countries of the OPEC+ partnership, and enforced cuts in US shale oil.

DME Oman crude, the regional benchmark in which a lot of Saudi Aramco exports are priced, rose above $40 a barrel for the first time since early March.

Market sentiment was buoyed by the possibility that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would agree with non-OPEC members to extend the cuts for a longer period than was agreed in April.

Oil analysts expect OPEC to fast track a “virtual” meeting to formally agree to maintaining cuts at the record 9.7 million barrels a day level. The meeting was scheduled for June 9, but bringing it forward would allow producers more time to set pricing levels.

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An official with one OPEC delegation told Arab News there was consensus among the 23 OPEC+ members for the new date, which could be as early as June 4. The meeting will also consider how long the current level of cuts would be maintained. Some OPEC members want it to run to the end of the year, other producers would prefer a two-month extension.

Omar Najia, global head of derivatives with trader BB Energy, told a forum run by Gulf Intelligence consultancy: “I’d be amazed if OPEC did not extend the higher level of cuts. As long as Saudi Arabia and Russia continue saying nice things to each other I’d expect the rally to continue.”

A Moscow source close to the oil industry said energy officials there had come to the conclusion that “the deal is working” and it was important to keep prices at an “acceptable” level.

Sentiment was also affected by a comparatively high level of compliance with the new cuts, running at about 75 percent among OPEC+ members, with only Iraq and Nigeria noticeable under-compliers.

Robin Mills, chief executive of Qamar Energy, said: “That’s where I’d expect it to be after two months in such a fluid situation. It will be even better in June.”