New development program to enhance effectiveness of Saudi financial sector: minister

Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan. (AFP)
Updated 11 May 2018
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New development program to enhance effectiveness of Saudi financial sector: minister

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) has formally approved the Financial Sector Development Program, one of the 12 programs previously announced by CEDA to achieve Vision 2030.
Speaking at the Financial Sector Development forum on Wednesday, Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan said: “The program supports the national economy by developing the financial sector and enhancing its effectiveness. The objective is to increase the financial sector’s size relative to the GDP by 280 percent. The program will create a deep, diversified, digitized and stable financial sector capable of attracting financial technology companies and focusing on financial literacy to bring savings rates in line with leading international rates.”
“The Financial Sector Development Program is built on three pillars: Firstly, enabling financial institutions to support the development of the private sector; secondly, ensuring the formation of an advanced capital market; and thirdly, promoting and enabling financial planning,” he said.


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

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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.