Jun 19: Recently Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief participated in the Helsinki Policy Forum organized by the foreign minister of Finland to discuss the global policymaking to address COVID19 and other issues. The virtual event was participated by many officials from Gulf-MENA and Europe regions.
The Supervisor General said that, “Saudi Arabia, as a host of the G20 and a major player in the MENA region, has led many initiatives regionally and globally, including some to minimize the consequences of COVID-19”.
“We meet today,” the Supervisor General continued, “as the world faces a major challenge represented by the new Corona (COVID-19) pandemic which has affected almost 8 million people globally, with close to 450,000 deaths. This pandemic has changed a modern world with significant economic, social, political, health, and other challenges; some of these may have a considerable impact upon our lives.
“Based upon these challenges, and also upon the strong historical relationship between the MENA region and Europe, there is an urgent call for more effective planning of well-designed cooperation and collaboration with the aim of sharing data, common objectives and initiatives to solve conflicts in the MENA region; there is also a need to look for shared economic opportunities and stability which will lead to regional prosperity.
“Saudi Arabia has led many initiatives, including some to minimize the consequences of COVID-19, in order to reach long-lasting regional stability; the goals of these initiatives include conflict de-escalation and demanding the end of interference in the internal affairs of other countries – measures which will lead to a stable MENA region sustained by prosperous nations and an interactive economy.
“As clear evidence of Saudi Arabia’s noble initiatives, and as a host of G20, it has announced a donation of 500 million US Dollars as follows: USD 200 million to support WHO in controlling the pandemic globally; USD 150 million to support GAVI in obtaining a vaccine to help countries in need; and USD 150 million to support CEPI towards vaccine development. In addition, Saudi Arabia has supported the WHO Fund to support countries with fragile health systems with an amount of 10 million US dollars”.
“Regionally, Saudi Arabia, through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief, has provided support to the following countries to control COVID-19: Yemen – USD 25 million; Palestine – USD 4 million; and Somalia – USD 3 million. Also, Saudi Arabia is preparing to help several other countries and regions in need, particularly in Africa.