President of Islamic Development Bank Receives Albania’s Advisor to Minister of Finance and Economy

President of the Islamic Development Bank Dr. Muhammad bin Sulaiman Al-Jasser received Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economy of Albania and Alternate Governor of the Islamic Development Bank Irina Shafa at the bank’s headquarters in Jeddah yesterday.

The two sides discussed strengthening the bank’s support for the development agenda in Albania.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


Undersecretary of Islamic Affairs Ministry Receives Head of Islamic Centre of Mozambique

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance for Islamic Affairs Dr. Awwad bin Sabti Al-Enezi received yesterday at the headquarters of the ministry’s branch in Makkah the head of the Islamic Centre in the Republic of Mozambique, Mohamed Ameen Al-Deen.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of common interest.

Source: Saudi Press Agency


Ministry of Transport Wraps Up “Qatar Access Management Guidelines” Workshop

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) held a workshop today on the Qatar Access Management Guidelines (QAMG) project, attended by representatives of several government entities and agencies, as well as consultancy firms and strategic partners.

The workshop, which provided an overview of the guidelines in production, its components, latest updates on progress, and international and regional access management best practices, was a platform for participants to share their feedback and views with relation to accessibility to the lots and areas, as well as laying out access management criteria for the lots located on local roads, highways, and expressways in Qatar.

Commenting on the occasion, MOTs Land Transport Planning Department Acting Director Saleh Saeed Al Marri said: “The cooperation the stakeholders and strategic partners showed to MOT in this workshop will contribute to achieving the project objectives in terms of laying out uniform executive actions for access management in Qatar and identifying a reference base for examining and releasing approvals, as well as the possibility of improving the current access.” The primary objective of the QAMG project is to update the current access management chapter of the Qatar Highway Design Manual (QHDM 2020). The update is expected to provide a comprehensive framework to manage accessibility appropriately, safely, and effectively in the roadway system and land development projects, including redevelopment.

Other QAMG project objectives include developing access management policies and regulations, providing direction to local authorities, consultants, developers, and planners to address existing access deficiencies and to meet forecast future access demand based on international and regional access management best practices. The project also aims at providing uniformity related to the management of both permanent and temporary access within the State of Qatar and promoting traffic safety at access locations across the country.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Qatar, Benin Discuss Cooperation in Civil Aviation Field

Acting President of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) Mohammed Faleh Al Hajri met with HE Minister of Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Benin Herve Hehomey, in the attendance of the Director General of the National Civil Aviation Agency of the Republic of Benin Karl Legba.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the civil aviation sector, in addition to topics of mutual interest.

The meeting reflects QCAA’s commitment to developing the civil aviation sector’s safety and security system in Africa and to raise African countries’ civil aviation sector’s efficiency and strength by meeting all international standards.

The meeting also comes as an affirmation of the State of Qatar’s pioneering and vital role in supporting and developing the civil aviation industry worldwide and continuously enhancing the sector’s future out of its duty and its effective international position in the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Official Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Highlights Qatar’s Major Role in Ceasefire Between Palestinians, Israelis

Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari underscored the major role undertaken by the State of Qatar in de-escalation, reaching the truce agreement and ceasefire between the Palestinian and Israeli parties.

During the media brief held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, he added that the State of Qatar has received international commendations from the U.S. Department of State, the White House, the United Nations, the General-Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and others for Qatar’s diplomatic efforts in accelerating the ceasefire between the two sides.

He pointed out that Qatar acts as mediator by being present in Gaza and communicating with the Palestinian factions there through conveying the messages with the “other side” and coordinating with the United States of America and the active actors.

Regarding the relations between Qatar and Afghanistan, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlined that such relations are based on providing support, security and stability to the Afghan people, whilst the mediation role undertaken by Qatar comes within the framework of the frank relations between Qatar, Taliban and the caretaker government which are based on firm and preliminary stances pertaining to the situation in Afghanistan generally, specially the empowerment and prosperity of Afghan people.

The official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the State of Qatar had a certain role in operationalizing the Kabul Airport and had efforts to evacuate foreign nationals, and this role has ended, and the caretaker government is currently managing this file, pointing out that the visit of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani to Kabul comes in the context of the State of Qatar’s political role in communicating with various parties in addition to facilitating the relations between the caretaker government and the international community and seeking to achieve security and prosperity for the Afghan people.

On the Qatari-Bahraini relations, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari pointed out that the Qatari-Bahraini Follow-up Committee agreed to resume direct flights between the two countries based on the concurrence between the ministries of transport in the two countries, effective from May 25, 2023, adding that the technical teams have completed their works with regard to the buildings of the embassy of the State of Qatar in Bahrain and the embassy of the State of Qatar in the United Arab Emirates which are poised to be opened soon upon the completion of some routine matters related to working cadres and operation crews.

The official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs talked about the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Annalena Baerbock to Doha, saying that it comes within the framework of the multi-lateral relations between the two countries, indicating that a contract has been signed recently to secure the arrival of Qatari energy products to Germany besides economic cooperation, various investments as well as cooperative political relations in many files.

Commenting on the level of the State of Qatar’s participation in the Arab summit which is scheduled to be convened in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Al Ansari noted the participation of HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi in the meeting of Arab Ministers of Foreign Affairs, underscoring the State of Qatar’s permanent keenness to participate at the highest levels in such summits to stress the cooperation ties with the Arab brothers.

About the Lebanese affairs, he said that currently there is no meeting on Lebanon in Doha, adding that the Qatari role in the convergence of views is continuing, and the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs is communicating with different parties and continues its positive role in coordination with regional and international parties.

On the Qatari assistance provided to Sudan, Dr. Majed Al Ansari indicated that the State of Qatar continues to provide humanitarian and medical aid, in addition to evacuating hundreds of Sudanese people through the air bridge between Doha and Port Sudan, pointing out that about 162 tons of aid were provided, and 1019 of Qatari ID holders were evacuated.

Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Majed bin Mohammad Al Ansari discussed the activity of the Ministry and its officials during the last week including their efforts in developing and promoting bilateral relations with several brotherly and friendly countries.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Meets Libyan Counterpart

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al Jaber Al-Sabah met on Tuesday with visiting Libyan counterpart Najla El-Mangoush.

The meeting discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of developing them.

The latest regional and international developments were also discussed during the meeting.

The two sides reviewed the situation in Libya and the continuous efforts exerted to enhance the desired political process.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Foreign Ministers of Oman, Luxembourg Discuss Bilateral Ties, Regional and International Developments

Omani Foreign Minister Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi held a session of political talks with Luxembourg Foreign Minister of Jean Asselborn, who is on a visit to the Sultanate of Oman.

The meeting discussed means of enhancing cooperation in the fields of economy, renewable energy and other fields. It also touched on several regional and international matters of mutual interest.

Al Busaidi affirmed the keenness of the Sultanate of Oman to continue developing bilateral relations in all fields. He reiterated the importance of exchanging views on various matters of mutual concern. The Luxembourg Foreign Minister expressed his country’s keenness on boosting cooperation in various fields.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Co-operative Republic of Guyana… Land of Gold, Diamonds, Many Waters

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, headed by His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, who is currently on an official visit to the country, is located on the northern mainland of South America, bordered by Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the nine countries that make up the Amazon rainforest, with an area of 214,969 square kilometers.

Being the only English-speaking country in South America, Guyana is culturally part of the Anglophone Caribbean. It also shares maritime borders with Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, and is a gateway to North America.

The population of Guyana is less than one million, and the population hails from the Americas, Europe, Portugal, Africa, India, and China, and they unite together to create a unique cultural experience, distinguished by different dialects, cuisines, arts, fashion, music, and other forms of expression.

According to a statement from Exxon Mobil, Guyana has large high-quality oil reserves, estimated at 33 billion undiscovered barrels, with the potential to produce 750,000 barrels per day by 2025.

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is called the “land of Many Waters”; as it includes 276 waterfalls and four major rivers, which makes its hydroelectric power a reliable source of electricity and sunlight throughout the year also creates a stable source of solar energy in addition to the coastal plains in Guyana allow the operation of powerful turbines to become a sustainable source of energy.

Guyana is famous for the production of gold, diamonds, and semi-precious stones, as the mining sector exports these and other materials in high-quality bauxite, copper, iron, nickel, and aluminum.

The area of forests in Guyana is about 18.5 million hectares, and more than 1,000 species of trees have been classified from the Amazon region. Its main exports from these forests include raw timber and refined cotton charcoal, and its skilled artisans also produce a variety of handcrafted furnishings for home and office use.

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana has large numbers of skilled workers who serve in the industry sector, which contributes to lower production costs, as Guyana is famous for packaging agricultural products, the creation of clothing for various brands, the production of a steady supply of medicines, beverages, and industrial materials, and its strategic location allows it to meet the demand for manufactured, packaged products using global distribution channels.

Guyana has more than 400,000 hectares of arable land, fertile soil, and distinctive weather that helps grow crops producing sugar, flour, rice, fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, as well as animal and marine production.

At the level of the tourism and hospitality sector, the Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a distinguished tourist destination due to its unique cultural heritage, landscapes, and tourist attractions that make it the undiscovered jewel of the Amazon, and Guyana airport has recently been expanded to facilitate the movement of many flights, increase the number of visitors, and owns many high-end hotels. Guyana is keen to have vocational training in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Education in Guyana is seen as a bridge out of poverty, the only way to permanently improve the quality of life of its citizens in all sectors.

Guyana is famous for the quality of teaching, modernizing its curricula, and normalizing e-learning in classrooms and vocational training centers.

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana has several advantages that make it an ideal location for Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), as its English-speaking heritage and good approach have led to the opening of many business process facilitation (call centers) companies specializing in outside sales or telemarketing.

Guyana strives to raise awareness of the need to improve medical services and facilities, particularly in maternity care, oncology, and mental health, and its rural and urban communities benefit from well-equipped hospitals, comprehensive health centers, advanced technological treatments, and high-quality medicines.

Guyana is expanding infrastructure projects such as highways, roundabouts, bridges, banks, airports, laying communication cables, and building cell towers to serve the population, schools, universities, hospitals, and factories to keep pace with the massive economic transformation in all sectors.

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana has several national celebrations, the most important of which is Independence Day which falls on May 26 of each year, in which the celebration of the anniversary of Guyana’s independence from the UK on May 26, 1966, and preparations for this day begin months in advance, usually ending at midnight, as thousands gather at the National Cultural Center to participate in the flag-raising ceremony, listen to the president’s speech, enjoy a variety of performances, including painting the Maypole, listening to poems, music, and songs, where the festivities end with a grand fireworks display and local specialties.

Guyana also celebrates Emancipation Day on Aug. 1 of each year, and it is also called Freedom Day in Guyana and other parts of the Caribbean, in which the people of Guyana celebrate the anniversary of the end of slavery on Aug. 1, 1838. On this day, residents of all cultural backgrounds wear different and traditional African clothes and offer artistic and cultural performances that include traditional dances, African music, drum,s and food, fun shows, and games.

Source: Qatar News Agency