Saudi anti-corruption body finds irregularities in hiring of minister’s son

The National Anti-Corruption Commission main office in Riyadh. (SPA file photo)
Updated 28 November 2016
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Saudi anti-corruption body finds irregularities in hiring of minister’s son

JEDDAH: The National Anti-Corruption Commission, popularly known as Nazaha, has discovered irregularities in the appointment of a Cabinet minister’s son.
The commission has submitted its findings to the Royal Court.
The investigation was launched following complaints on social media alleging corruption in the hiring of the son of the minister of civil service.
The complainants alleged abuse of power on the part of the minister in having his son hired by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
In a statement on Sunday, Nazaha said its findings indicated that the Municipal and Rural Affairs Ministry had failed to abide by royal orders to attract and hire talented people.
“With regard to the appointment of the minister’s son, the anti-corruption body has found that the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs did sign a contract with the person concerned, but failed to abide by some of the control and regulatory conditions set out in Royal Order No. 34807,” the statement said.
The irregularities included the failure of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to coordinate with the Ministry of Civil Service to determine the salary and to ensure proportionality with professional expertise and specialization. 
The salary should be according to corresponding remuneration in the job market. In addition, the procedures for medical examinations were not completed and there was a failure to comply with the specified age for hiring which is at least 33.
According to what has been monitored by the body on social media, and the information available to Nazaha, the commission expanded the scope of investigation to include other contracts implemented by several ministries. It has found that 10 ministries have failed to abide by one or more of the regulatory controls and conditions for hiring.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.