Religious, social figures urge unity, rejection of fake news in Awamiyah

Members of Saudi forces stand guard in the town of Awamiya in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, in this August 9, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 August 2017
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Religious, social figures urge unity, rejection of fake news in Awamiyah

AWAMIYAH: Forty-six religious and social figures in the town of Awamiyah have issued a statement calling for unity and rejection of fake news.
“It is essential that we prepare and work hard to make life better, and stand side by side to push our common boat again to glory and dignity, and surpass obstacles as fast as possible,” the statement read, stressing the importance of social unity in solving and avoiding problems.
The religious and social figures also emphasized the need for wisdom, saying members of society should listen to reason and serve their country.
People should dismiss divisive calls that are usually disseminated via social media, they said, stressing the importance of a culture of “substantiation.”
God said in the Holy Qur’an: “If a wicked person comes to you with news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly.”
The statement highlighted the importance of prudence in deciding priorities. Official announcements about the security situation and demolition progress in Al-Musawarah neighborhood, as well as media access to the area, indicate that residents will soon return to their homes.
But what is more important, the statement said, is that their return should be prearranged with security forces to save lives and minimize losses. The statement called for reconstruction, which requires societal cooperation.
Signatories include well-known figures such as Ibrahim M. Al-Ibrahim, Ahmed S. Al-Laith and Taher Al-Shamimi.
Al-Musawarah on Saturday witnessed repair work and replacement of power stations damaged by terrorist activity. Maintenance teams continued to fix water and sewage pipes.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.