New center to provide information about Saudi Arabia, aimed at international media

Updated 28 August 2017
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New center to provide information about Saudi Arabia, aimed at international media

JEDDAH: A new communications center will broadcast information about Saudi Arabia to regional and international media.
The International Communication Center is aimed at strengthening relations with international media and adopting a policy of openness, the Ministry of Culture and Information said. It will have an associated Twitter account and will broadcast in English, French and German.
The center “will periodically broadcast information and documented facts about the events, humanitarian actions and services that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia performs,” the ministry said.
It can be contacted by phone on 00966595455467, by e-mail on [email protected] and on the Twitter account @CICSaudi.


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.