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H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs chairs the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Al-Sumait Prize for African Development

The Board of Trustees of Al-Sumait Prize for African Development held a meeting chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Minister of Information. The meeting focused on the developments related to the award and the process of selecting the winners for this year's award dedicated to education in Africa.

Al-Sumait’s Board of trustees meeting was chaired by H.E. Sheikh/Dr. Ahmad Al-Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Minister of Information and attended by Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) representing the Foundation that administrates the award.

The Board of Trustees, discussed a series of issues and matters related to the award including the process of nominating entities and individuals to the award, the winner’s evaluation and selection criteria as well as other topics on the agenda.

Through Al-Sumait Prize, the State of Kuwait has acknowledged and awarded organizations working in Africa and for Africa for their exemplary and impactful projects in one of the three categories the award covers each year: Education, Health and Food Security.

The board of trustees includes Mr. Abdulatif Alhamad, former Director General and Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development; Prof. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education- UNESCO; Dr. Kwaku Aning, Chairman of the Governing Board of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman of Ghana Nuclear Energy Institute and former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency; Dr. Daniel Gustafson, Senior Advisor to the Director-General-FAO; Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Mr. Tareq Al-Mutawa, Chairman of Sadeer General Trading & Contracting Company and Executive Member of the Board of People's Committee for Fundraising.

Al-Sumait Prize for African Development, which honors individuals and/or institutions that help advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in Africa, was established on the initiative of the late Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, may his soul rest in peace. Each year the Al-Sumait Prize covers one of three categories: Health, Food Security and Education and is administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees that oversees the selection of the recipients.

The Prize commemorates the legacy of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who dedicated his life to addressing the health, education and food security challenges confronting Africa and established the Direct Aid humanitarian organization.