‘Intense efforts’ made in identifying terror cells

Updated 17 February 2017
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‘Intense efforts’ made in identifying terror cells

RIYADH: Security forces in Saudi Arabia are undertaking “intense efforts” to identify terror cells, an official has said.
Maj. Gen. Bassam Attia, director of the Investigations and Strategic Planning Center of the Interior Ministry, and ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, described in a press conference how security agencies immediately start investigating information received about suspected criminals.
Such was the case last Saturday, when information was received about individuals from four separate regions of Saudi Arabia, who were suspected of being involved in terrorist cells. Arrests were made days later.
“Even if we fail the first time to arrest some of the individuals about whom we have confirmation that they are connected with terrorist cells, we will know their names,” said Al-Turki.
“In many cases we will have announced the results of the investigation and the names of those involved, or any evidence confirming their links to terrorist cells.
“Security authorities exert intense efforts to identify such cells. We cannot be certain about the number of cells still in operation, but often these are cells that are logistically important to the organization; they remain under the radar because their members are not directly linked to terrorist activities and are also careful.”
Attia said the Kingdom is actively coordinating with international authorities in combating terrorism funding, especially to Daesh.

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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.