Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,225 Points

Riyadh, Saudi Stock Exchange’s main index ended trading lower here today, losing 23.31 points to close at 12,225.88 points.

The total value of the trading reported was SAR 5.9 billion, while the toll of shares traded was 154 million, divided into over 280,000 deals.

The Saudi Parallel Equity Market Index (NOMU) ended the day gaining 84,31 points, to close at 25,365.73 points, with a valuation of SAR 106 million and an overall tally of more than 720,000 stocks traded and divided into as many as 5,261 deals.


Source: Saudi Press Agency

OIC Secretary General Receives Italian Consul General

Jeddah, Hissein Brahim Taha, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), received here today Italian Consul General and Special Envoy to the OIC Leonardo Costa.

During the meeting, the OIC Secretary General hailed the distinguished relations between the OIC and Italy, expressing his aspiration to enhance dialogue and cooperation between the two sides in all fields of common interest.

For his part, the Special Envoy valued the important role of the OIC, hailing the friendly relations between the two sides.


Source: Saudi Press Agency

Sudan Records 61 New Cases of COVID-19

Khartoum, Sudan recorded 61 new infections with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 6 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The Sudanese Ministry of Health stated, in a statement, today, that the number of infections has risen to 591,124, while the death toll reached 3,776, adding that the recovery tally rose to 49,643.


Source: Saudi Press Agency

Minister of Human Resources Holds Bilateral Meetings with Candidates for ILO Director-General Post

Riyadh, Eng. Ahmed bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, has recently held a number of bilateral meetings in Riyadh, with prominent candidates for the position of Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) for the five-year term of office, starting from October 1, 2022.

The first meeting was with the Australian candidate Gregory Joseph Vines, followed by a meeting with Togo’s candidate Gilbert F. Houngbo, and the last meeting came with the French candidate Muriel Penicaud.

The meetings were attended by H.E. Vice Minister for the Labor Sector Dr. Abdullah Abuthnain, and the concerned senior officials.

During the meetings, topics of mutual interest were discussed, including the latest developments in the international labor markets, in light of the repercussions related to the pandemic. The candidates presented their ILO work agenda and future professional aspirations, and emphasized the importance of maximizing the cooperation to expedite the full recovery of global labor markets. In turn, Eng. Al-Rajhi mirrored their sentiments during the meetings, and highlighted the Kingdom’s role as a titular member of the International Labor Organization’s Governing Body.

It is worth noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was elected a titular member of ILO’s Governing Body for the session (2021-2024), at elections that took place last June during the 109th session of the International Labor Conference. The organization’s board of directors also invited candidates for the post of Director-General of the ILO to apply for the position, in mid-2021, and received the nominations in preparation for the electoral process. The term of the current Director-General Guy Ryder, ends on 30th September, 2022.


Source: Saudi Press Agency

Palestine Records 7,682 New Cases of COVID-19

Ramallah, Palestine recorded 7,682 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours along with 15 new deaths and 8,776 recoveries in all Palestinian governorates.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 321 people infected with coronavirus are hospitalised and 115 receive treatment at intensive care units, while 31 are on ventilators.


Source: Saudi Press Agency