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NEW CASES OF RVF ARE REPORTED

10/7/00 10:25:03 AM
RIYADH, OCT 7 , SPA --SIX NEW CASES OF RIFT VALLEY FEVER (RVF) WERE REPORTED FROM THURSDAY EVENING UP TO FRIDAY EVENING THEY INCLUDED 5 CASES IN JIZAN REGION AND ONE CASE IN QUNFUZA. ONE OF THE PATIENTS DIED IN JIZAN REGION , ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT ISSUED HERE ON FRIDAY NIGHT BY THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT AT THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH.

THE STATEMENT NOTED THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF THE REPORTED CASES OF THE DISEASE UP TO FRIDAY EVENING, OCT 6, EVER SINCE THE APPEARANCE OF RVF REACHED 264 . 94 PERSONS WERE RECOVERED WHILE 58 PATIENTS DIED.

THE DEPARTMENT EXHORTED THE CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS IN JIZAN REGION TO TAKE THE APPROPRIATE PREVENTIVE MEASURES INCLUDING AVOIDANCE OF THE BITE OF MOSQUITOES AND DIRECT CONTACT WITH ANIMALS --SPA
Source: SPA

The Kingdom studies more investment bids

Cairo, 2nd October 2000
Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, Governor of the General Investment Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was today quoted as saying his authority was studying more bids for foreign investment in the fields of gas, oil, services and minerals.

In an interview with al-Ahram Daily published here today, the Prince said the Authority was endeavoring to create the conditions that would make the investment climate in the Kingdom more attractive and better able to compete at the regional and international levels. He said the fields of investment are not only the traditional fields of oil, petrochemicals and gas. They include mineral, productive and service activities, adding that the Authority is currently embarked on studying investment applications in these fields in addition to the fields of operation and maintenance of computer and telecommunications, in accordance with the new Foreign Investment Act in the Kingdom.

The size of joint foreign investments in the Kingdom amounted to about 50 billion by the end of 1999, he told al-Ahram. He gave an account on the privileges and incentives provided by the Kingdom to foreign investors, including provision of land lots for notional prices, guarantees of intellectual property rights, freedom of movement for capital and interest, rights of ownership of real estate, rights of litigation whenever disputes arise, embargo on confiscation except by judicial order. In addition, there is the reduction of the tax maximum rate from 45 percent to 30 per cent and transfer of losses for unlimited periods, and the right to receive loans from the Saudi Industrial Development Fund for projects owned by non-Saudis.

He said the investment regulations stipulated that the minimum capital for agricultural investment is SR25 million and for industrial investments is SR5 million. It should not be less than SR2 million for other non-industrial investment fields.

Source: SPA

Rift Valley Fever situation

Riyadh, 1st October 2000
The Department of Health Information and Publication at the Ministry of Health said ten cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) were reported from 7 pm on Saturday, 30th September 2000, up to 7 pm on Sunday, 1st October 2000.

One case was reported in Riyadh, one in Asir region and eight cases in Jizan. The statement noted that six of the patients died, five in Jizan and one in Riyadh region.

It noted that ten patients were discharged from the hospital after recovery; six in the Jizan region and four in the Asir region.

Since the appearance of the disease up to 7pm on Sunday, 1st October, 223 cases had been reported; 62 patients have since recovered, while 52 patients have died.

Source: SPA

Rift Valley fever (RVF) Information and Facts

World bank approves Saudi railway expansion plans

Dammam, 1st October 2000
The World Bank (WB) has given its green light to the expansion of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), paving the way for the privatization of the Kingdom's railway system, according to Communications Minister Dr Nasser bin Muhammad Al-Salloum.

'The recommendation of the WB is very encouraging: the railway expansion is now under study by the Ministerial committee on privatization,' said Dr Salloum in a statement published today by the Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette.

He said a sub-committee on the railway privatization would be created soon to go into the details of the privatization process. Dr Salloum noted that the privatization of SRO follows the government commitment to handing over the ownership and management of services and infrastructure to the private sector.

The Minister said the expansion and privatization of SRO have been thoroughly evaluated by the WB and the Saudi investment bank. Dr Salloum expressed hope that the SRO expansion will be implemented by the year 2001.

The SRO expansion will cover the following routes in the south and central regions: from Jeddah port to the Dammam port via Riyadh: from Riyadh to Qasim, Hail, al-Jouf up to Jordan.

In the eastern region, the expansion is expected to cover from the Dammam port to Jubail ports and on to al-Khafji area near the border with Kuwait. Railway arteries in the region will also connect several loops linking Jubail industrial city and King Fahd international airport where massive urbanization and settlement are planned.

On Saturday, Salloum chaired the monthly meeting of the SRO board, which recommended a new budget it will submit to the Ministry of Finance and National Economy for approval. He said the new budget will cover upgrading, operational expenditures and creating more jobs for Saudis required in the expansion.

Source: SPA

Saudi Arabia's first satellite in orbit

Byknur, Kazakistan, 26th September, 2000
A Russian military rocket, adjusted for civil purposes, was today successfully launched from Byknur space base in Kazakistan, to put five satellites, including two for Saudi Arabia and one for Malaysia, into orbit.

The heavy rocket SS-18 named Satan was launched at 10:5 GMT. The short-range ballistic rocket was part of the soviet union's air arsenal and currently being transferred to civil purposes according to a Russian/Ukrainian joint project.

The Saudi satellites, to be affiliated to the Saudi Space Studies Institute, were put into orbit at 650kms.

The mission was previously scheduled to take place last August but was postponed due to technical problem in the rocket's engine.

Source: SPA

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