Saudi Arabia sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases — royal decree

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
Updated 12 March 2018

Saudi Arabia sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases — royal decree

RIYADH: King Salman has approved a plan to create legal departments, under the authority of the attorney general’s office, specialized in curbing corruption.  
They will undertake investigations and prosecutions in instances related to corruption lawsuits.
The king and crown prince are adamant about fighting corruption, said the attorney general, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, adding that judicial experts at his office are highly proficient in conducting interrogations and prosecuting criminals.
The royal decision was announced on Sunday in a report on the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The report said the king’s decision came from “his concern over combating corruption in all its forms aiming to protect the homeland and its resources, maintain public money and protect the integrity of the public employment.”
Commending the decision, Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, president of the National Anti-Corruption Committee (Nazaha), said: “This shows the interest and care of the leadership to facilitate all actions that lead to the achievement of the Kingdom’s goal of eradicating corruption and tracking and bringing corrupt people to justice, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”
Saudi Arabia’s position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has continued to improve with the country jumping five places in the index.
In total, 180 countries were ranked on the basis of a number of best practice indicators, including international standards linked to business ethics.
Saudi Arabia jumped to 57 in 2017 from 62 in the previous year.
According to data released by the global anti-corruption organization, KSA’s overall score was 49 out of 100. Among Arab countries, Saudi Arabia improved its ranking to third in the region, with a higher score than the regional average of 33.

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.