Falling debris from intercepted Houthi missile injures Pakistani in southern KSA

File photo showing a coalition air defense battery shooting a missile to shoot down Houthi missile directed at Jazan. (Reuters)
Updated 17 June 2018
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Falling debris from intercepted Houthi missile injures Pakistani in southern KSA

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense system shot down a ballistic missile launched from Yemen toward the southern border province of Jazan, the Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday.

Authorities confirmed that a Pakistani man was injured lightly after being hit by falling debris from the intercepted missile.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia had repeatedly fired missiles toward Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition of Arab countries in supporting forces loyal to the UN-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.


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.