Amir re­ceives Al-Su­mait Prize Board of Trus­tees

2015, 2016 win­ners an­nounced

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yes­ter­day re­ceived First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter and Di­rec­tor of the Board of Trus­tees of Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­mait Prize for African De­vel­op­ment Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, and board mem­bers.

Dur­ing the meet­ing that came on the oc­ca­sion of an­nounc­ing win­ners of Al-Su­mait Prize for African De­vel­op­ment for the years 2015 and 2016, His High­ness the Amir re­called Su­mait’s ex­ploits and his great ser­vices to Is­lam and char­ity on the con­ti­nent.

Su­mait has of­fered a civ­i­lized and hon­or­able model for char­ity and hu­man­i­tar­ian work of his coun­try, de­vot­ing his life to as­sist­ing the af­flicted and the needy. His High­ness wished the board ev­er­last­ing suc­cess. The meet­ing was at­tended by Deputy Min­is­ter of Amiri Di­wan Af­fairs Sheikh Ali Jar­rah Al-Sabah.

Win­ners

Dr Kevin March of the Kenya-based African Academy for Sciences and Ox­ford Univer­sity was awarded the 2015 health award for his re­lent­less work to im­prove chil­dren’s lives in the African con­ti­nent, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled an­nounced after chair­ing a meet­ing of the Board of Trus­tees of the Prize. Mean­while, the 2016 prize, also $1 mil­lion and ded­i­cated for food se­cu­rity, was shared by the Peru-based CIP’s Sweet Potato for Nu­tri­tion Team and the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Trop­i­cal Agri­cul­ture (IITA), based in Nige­ria.

He said Dr March, who would re­ceive the $1 mil­lion prize, won the award for his sus­tained ef­forts for around three decades in sci­en­tific re­search, train­ing and build­ing of in­sti­tu­tions with the ob­jec­tive of con­trol­ling and erad­i­cat­ing Malaria, Sheikh Sabah said. He also in­di­cated that Dr March has big con­tri­bu­tions to ad­dress­ing prob­lems of res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem as well as mal­nu­tri­tion.

CIP’s team, ex­plained Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled, had suc­cess­ful re­search in im­prov­ing qual­ity of nu­tri­tion es­pe­cially by sweet potato in the African con­ti­nent. The team, he added, de­vel­oped new types of sweet pota­toes rich with vi­ta­min A thus im­prov­ing food sys­tem of mil­lions of African fam­i­lies, com­pen­sat­ing se­vere shortage of this es­sen­tial vi­ta­min.

The IITA has suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion of re­search aimed at im­prov­ing qual­ity of ba­sic food sub­stances, corn and legumes. Sheikh Sabah AlKhaled said IITA suc­ceeded in de­vel­op­ing food se­cu­rity for mil­lions of peo­ple in Africa through the de­vel­op­ment of ma­jor sta­ple food crops, such as cas­sava, ba­nana and maize. The win­ners will be of­fi­cially awarded dur­ing the up­com­ing Arab-African Sum­mit, due in Equa­to­rial Guinea, next month.

De­vel­op­ments

At the be­gin­ning of the Board of Trus­tees meet­ing, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, in a brief speech, called for col­lab­o­ra­tion of ef­forts to im­prove sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment plans of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly the African con­ti­nent to erad­i­cate poverty, il­lit­er­acy and dis­eases.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, who con­veyed greetings of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to mem­bers of Board of Trus­tees, said Kuwait has long been sup­port­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and de­vel­op­ment do­mains all over the world.

He said Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­mait prize was another ad­di­tion to en­deav­ors by the state of Kuwait to­wards de­vel­op­ment of needy com­mu­ni­ties. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled cited the UN hon­or­ing of His High­ness the Amir as a “Hu­man­i­tar­ian Leader,” and Kuwait as a “Hu­man­i­tar­ian Cen­ter.” The Board of Trus­tees con­sists of Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, Dr Don­ald Kaberuka, For­mer Pres­i­dent of the African De­vel­op­ment Bank, Dr Kwaku An­ing, For­mer Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, Ab­du­la­teef Al-Ha­mad, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and Chair­man of the Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Eco­nomic and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, and Tareq Al-Mutawa, Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of the Board of Public Gath­er­ing Char­ity Com­mit­tee and oth­ers.

Dis­cov­er­ies

Dr Adnan Shi­hab-Eldin, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sciences (KFAS), which ad­min­is­ters the awards, is the rap­por­teur. Shi­hab-Eldin, in a sep­a­rate state­ment, said “we are deeply hum­bled by the ef­forts demon­strated by Al-Su­mait prize lau­re­ates in the pur­suit of sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies to meet the chal­lenges of disease, nu­tri­tion, food pro­duc­tion and cli­mate change. “The lau­re­ates were in the front­line of Africa’s chal­lenges, yet have suc­ceeded de­spite lim­ited re­sources,” he said.

Al-Su­mait prize hon­ors in­di­vid­u­als or in­sti­tu­tions that help ad­vance eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, hu­man re­sources de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture in Africa through their sus­tained re­search and or in­no­va­tive projects that re­sult in ma­jor im­pact on the lives and wel­fare of the peo­ple of Africa es­pe­cially the poor and un­der­priv­i­leged.

The prize was an­nounced by His High­ness the Amir dur­ing the 3rd Arab-African sum­mit that was held in Kuwait in 2013 in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Al-Su­mait’s hu­man­i­tar­ian legacy in the African con­ti­nent. “Each of the win­ners rep­re­sent in­no­va­tive, ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives be­ing done to ad­dress the chal­lenges fac­ing Africa,” said Shi­hab-Eldin. —KUNA

—Amiri Di­wan and KUNA pho­tos

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah meets with First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter and Di­rec­tor of the Board of Trus­tees of Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Su­mait Prize for African De­vel­op­ment Sheikh Sabah Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, as well as the win­ners of the prize’s first two edi­tions.

First Deputy Premier and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah chairs a meet­ing of the Board of Trus­tees of the Prize yes­ter­day.

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