Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, chairing the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday, expressed optimism about the promising Saudi advancement in scientific and technological fields on the basis of statistics highlighting their development and the methods of mobilizing appropriate resources to achieve their anticipated progress, and recalled the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah that urge Muslims to constantly think about the creation of heaven and earth.
Prince Abdullah expressed satisfaction at the achievements of both general and higher education in the academic year of 1416, with 362 men and women graduating with Ph.D.s from Saudi universities and colleges. He added that the qualitative development of Saudi scientific and technological capability is among the basic necessities for success in any development plan, within the framework of a comprehensive strategy for all government bodies, including universities and research centers. The Crown Prince summed up his views on the subject as follows: development of national manpower in the fields of science and technology; emphasis on modern technological means suited to the national economy; investment in technological research in the areas where the Kingdom enjoys natural advantage such as petrochemicals and water use; expansion of national scientific research and technological advancement; boosting of research and development efforts in industrial and production establishments in the private sector; and encouragement of this sector to give opportunities to scientists to shoulder research activities in collaboration with national foundations.
Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that Crown Prince Abdullah described the Saudi-Yemeni Security Accord which was signed last Saturday in Jeddah by the Saudi and Yemeni Interior Ministers as a good and constructive step towards consolidating security in the two countries.
Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet passed the following resolutions:
1. approval of a contribution of U.S. $ 127,747 from Saudi Arabia to the budget of the Guidance Committee on Bosnia-Herzegovina;
2. approval of the general agreement signed in Riyadh last November for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan in the areas of economics, commerce, investment, technology, culture, and sports.