New app to rate Saudi government services

The platform will help decision-makers come to the right choices based on performance reports. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2017
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New app to rate Saudi government services

RIYADH: A new smartphone application for citizens to provide feedback on government services will be launched in early 2018.
Hussam Al-Madani, acting director general of the National Center for the Measurement of the Performance of Public Agencies (CMPPA), revealed the launch of the app to Makkah newspaper on Thursday.
The app will help measure the performance of public and semi-official agencies and convey public complaints and suggestions directly to relevant officials, as well as follow up the messages received by different authorities.
The center would act based on the result of the measurements of these authorities.
Al-Madani said the CMPPA is designing an electronic platform for international performance to follow the capability of Saudi Arabia compared to more than 200 other countries.
The platform would give an overview of the performance of Saudi Arabia based on more than 250 international measurement indices, through 12 measurement axes, and would also represent a reference for international classifications.
The aim was to achieve comprehensive stability in a positive way, and help decision-makers come to the right choices based on performance reports.


Saudi Crown Prince calls for decisive international position against Iran: interview 

Updated 6 min 48 sec ago
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Saudi Crown Prince calls for decisive international position against Iran: interview 

  • Talking to Asharq Al Awsat, Mohammad Bin Salman says Kingdom doesn’t seek war but will defend itself against threats 
  • Says killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “painful crime” and that strategic ties with US are key to regional stability 

JEDDAH:  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday said Saudi Arabia does not seek war but will also not shy away from confronting any threats.

He called for a decisive international position against Iran and said the regime in Tehran didn’t even respect the presence of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe when it attacked two tankers, one of them carrying the Japanese flag. 

The crown prince’s comments came in an interview with Arab News’ sister publication Asharq Al Awsat.

The heir to the Saudi throne said the Kingdom will continue to support Sudan and wishes nothing but good for Yemen. However, Saudi Arabia would never accept having a militia serving the Iranian agenda at its border, he said. 

He also described the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a “very painful crime.” He added that the Kingdom seeks to achieve full justice and accountability. 

As for the Aramco IPO, the crown prince says it is expected to occur at some time between 2020 and the beginning of 2021. 

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