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HH the Amir patronizes KFAS’ awards ceremony Crown Prince distributes awards to winners

 KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday sponsored the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Awards ceremony, where His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah attended on his behalf. Attendees and officials warmly welcomed His Highness the Crown Prince upon his arrival at the ceremony venue, Sheraton Hotel. Among the present officials was KFAS’ Director General Dr Adnan Shehab-Eddine, along with the foundation board members. The ceremony was also attended by Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim, Former Speaker of the National Assembly Jassem Al-Kharafi, senior Sheikhs, Deputy Chief of the National Guards Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah, Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Jarrah Al-Sabah and senior State officials. The ceremonial gathering got underway with Quranic recitation, followed by a short documentary about the foundation, then a statement by Dr Shehab-Eddine. Afterwards, His Highness the Crown Prince distributed awards and certificates of appreciation to winners of the foundation 2012 awards. Reciprocating, KFAS presented His Highness with a memorial plaque. In his address at the ceremony, the KFAS Director General stated, “Today we meet again under patronization of His Highness the Amir May Allah safeguard him, Board Chairman of Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences, with the gracious attendance of His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Crown Prince, May Allah protect him, representing His Highness (the Amir), for celebrating a new batch of Kuwaiti and Arab scientists and researches with a record of abundant and innovative contributions.

“(They are being honored) for their tangible contributions to advancement of knowledge, thus they have earned the awards of Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences in 2012.” Expressing good wishes to the awards’ winners, Shehab-Eddine noted that Kuwait hosted, around the middle of November, the third session of the Arab-African Summit, upon an invitation by His Highness the Amir, under theme “partners of development and investment,” where it was crowned with record success that drew praise “of everybody due to the sagacious leadership of His Highness (the Amir).” Noting that the summit successful outcome reflected the Kuwaitis’ inborn advocacy of cooperation, solidarity and aiding others, Shehab-Eddine said the generous initiative by His Highness the Amir at the inaugural session “was a stark translation of this blessed approach, innate among natives of Kuwait, where His Highness announced the State of Kuwait (decisive) decision to allot a mega annual financial award, named after the late Dr Abdul- Rahman Al-Sumait for (funding) researches and development initiatives in Africa.” On KFAS’ foundation in 1976, Shehab-Eddine paid tribute to the late Amir, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, whose desire, along with that of the private sector, represented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led to the creation of the foundation, KUNA photo Top & above: HH the Crown Prince during the awards ceremony. with aim of building an enlightened society. KFAS, whose board is chaired by His Highness the Amir, and funded by Kuwaiti share-holding companies, has always drawn utmost care and concern by His Highness the Amir, he said, alluding to His Highness Sheikh Sabah who has continued to devote the special attention to the foundation since he was the premier. Such top-level care, he added, should nudge the foundation personnel to persevere and “continue the quest for more concrete accomplishments, with greater efficiency.” Cautioning against complacency, the Director-General called for continuous efforts to spread the knowledge of science among the natives and encouraging the youth to get engaged in the realm of sciences, promoting knowledge and supporting scholars and innovators. Serving this approach, KFAS is relentlessly seeking to realize such objectives, executing programs in the second year of its five-year strategy, he said naming among the projects under execution: Start of operating Jaber Al- Ahmad Al-Sabah center for Nuclear Medicine in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Kuwait University.

This center, the most advanced scientific center established by the foundation, offers high-quality services in medical diagnosis of chronic diseases, such as brain tumors, cancer and cardiac diseases. It hosts a special laboratory for scientific learning, training and research, particularly with respect of examining side-effects of some newlyproduced drugs. Secondly, Dr Shehab-Eddine added in his presentation shedding light in details on the foundation multi-axes strategy, “In its quest to realize His Highness the Amir outlook of expanding usage of solar energy for electricity generation in Kuwait, the foundation has begun executing its exemplary project of supplying solar energy to some public buildings such as Al- Zahraa and Kaifan Cooperatives,” in coordination with Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies. Another unprecedented venture is being planned; aimed at promoting solar energy for commercial usage for the public, he said, noting that it will cover, in the first phase, 150 houses in several residential district. These two ventures, carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and Water and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), aim to lower load on the electrical network at peak times and rationing oil and gas consumption

Shedding light on the third venture, Shehab-Eddine indicated the foundation was involved in making plans for expansion of the Scientific Center to include makeshift habitat for dolphins, a new exploration hall, predicting that the number of the visitors to the center that has totally reached eight million since its establishment would double. KFAS completed, this year, studying economic and technical feasibility of establishing Kuwait Virtual University, forecast to serve tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and hundreds of thousands of Arabs. The foundation, in the last three years, doubled its research projects to 60. Also this year, it started offering financial contributions to small and medium companies, particularly for funding studies and researches. In conclusion, Dr Shehab-Eddine extended gratitude to His Highness the Amir for patronizing the ceremony and His Highness the Crown Prince for attending it on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Sabah. Speaking on behalf of the awards’ winner, Dr Ahmad Saqer Ashour greeted Their Highness the Amir and the Crown Prince, noted educational benefits of Kuwait’s scientific and cultural publications, praised the foundation award and expressed deep gratitude to the foundation officials for the distinctive honoring of the winners.

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