Saudi prince to make official visit to France next week: sources

Updated 05 April 2018

Saudi prince to make official visit to France next week: sources

  • Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been on a royal tour since the beginning of March that has taken him to Egypt, the UK and the US
  • During his visits to the various countries he has signed numerous deals worth billions of dollars

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will make an official visit next week to France, expected to focus on culture and investments but also the long-running war in Yemen, sources with knowledge of his plans told AFP.
The 32-year-old Prince Salman "will be on an official visit Monday and Tuesday, mainly to discuss culture, tourism, investment and new technologies," a source close to the Saudi delegation said
The crown prince has been on a lengthy tour of the US, during which he has met with President Tump, as well as former members of the country’s government.
He has also met representatives of the international media including Warner Brothers, when they discussed Saudi Arabia’s plans to open cinemas for the first time in decades.
In March Mohammed bin Salman signed a multibillion dollar investment deal with Egypt’s President Sisi.
He also went to the UK where he held meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and dined with the British royal family.
During his visit to the UK the two countries signed a massive $60 billion trade deal.

Qassim governor reviews COVID-19 impact on region’s SMEs 

Updated 06 April 2020

Qassim governor reviews COVID-19 impact on region’s SMEs 

BURAIDAH: Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal on Sunday presided over an emergency meeting aimed at mitigating the impact of preventive measures to fight the coronavirus on the region’s business sector and its small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).BURAI

The meeting, held through video conferencing, was attended by the governor of the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority, Saleh Al-Rasheed, along with officials of a number of relevant bodies.

Prince Faisal started by commending the royal directives given by King Salman, which included several steps to mitigate the losses of projects affected by the coronavirus pandemic, identify the means to develop SMEs and help both young men and women to do so.

“The meeting seeks to analyze the current situation of the region’s SMEs sector and look into ways to provide them with the necessary assistance.”

Prince Faisal ordered the launch of the “Windows of Hope” initiative concerned with introducing SME owners and entrepreneurs to the programs launched by the government to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus preventive measures on the private sector.

“We are all aware of the importance of informing the youth about all of the government’s measures and contributing to the Kingdom’s economy,” he said.

“What the region is doing in partnership with all of the sectors reflects the leadership’s keenness to support and serve Saudi SME owners and reassure them so they keep functioning in order for the system, made out of the health, security and economic sectors, to be completed,” he said.