Saudi delegation participates in high-level international audit meeting

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, with General Auditing Bureau (GAB) President Hossam bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Anqari. (SPA)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi delegation participates in high-level international audit meeting

  • The Saudi delegation was composed of representatives of the General Auditing Bureau (GAB)
  • The meeting discussed the implementation of the objectives of sustainable development goals

JEDDAH: General Auditing Bureau (GAB) President Hossam bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Anqari led GAB’s delegation to the high-level meeting of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi.

The two-day meeting, organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in cooperation with INTOSAI — represented by INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), discussed the contributions of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) to the implementation of the objectives of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The meeting also discussed the promotion of inclusiveness in monitoring processes, opportunities and challenges facing SAIs, and mechanisms for improving discussions, exchanging knowledge and dialogue between SAIs and related parties, and their contributions to achieving the UN 2030 agenda.

GAB also explained its views on the role of SAIs in contributing to implementing SDGs.

During the meeting, GAB reviewed the outputs and guidance of the conference held in May in Riyadh, titled “Implementing UN 2030 SDGs: Challenges of the Preparedness Stage,” in which a large number of UN and World Bank experts participated alongside heads of SAIs.

The conference was the ideal platform for opinion and knowledge exchange on how to best support audit institutions at an international level in preparation for implementing SDGs.

GAB’s participation in the meeting reflects its standing in the international organizations of financial auditing and accounting as well as its role in driving global efforts to achieve the UN SDGs.

GAB demonstrated its continuous efforts in monitoring the implementation of SDGs in INTOSAI member states to achieve the UN Vision 2030 and the aspirations of GAB.

GAB’s participation also reflects the importance of effective partnership between GAB and INTOSAI, represented by IDI.

This partnership contributes to building bridges of international cooperation, exchanging information and experience, and driving growth to achieve the UN 2030 agenda.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Al-Mouallimi praised GAB’s efforts in representing the Kingdom in INTOSAI and preserving public funds and rationalizing its uses.


Saudi Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

  • The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement
  • The king wished the two countries further security, prosperity and stability

JEDDAH: King Salman chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday.

The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement.

King Salman expressed his congratulations to the two countries and said that he hoped the signing of the agreement would be a strong basis for closer cooperation and friendship, achieving security and stability, and would positively affect the security and stability of the region.

The king also congratulated Djibouti and Eritrea on their historic meeting in Jeddah — which came in response to his invitation — wishing the two countries further security, prosperity and stability.

The Cabinet praised the efforts of the two countries’ leaders to restore relations between them to establish a new stage that would witness a great development in relations and further cooperation.

The Cabinet congratulated the king and crown prince on the success of these efforts, which resulted in the signing of the Jeddah Peace Agreement and also the historic meeting between Djibouti and Eritrea after ten years of severed relations. 

The Cabinet praised the resolutions of the 150th ordinary session of the Arab League’s Council at the level of foreign ministers held in Cairo, and the statement issued by the Arab Quartet Ministerial Committee held on the sidelines of the 150th session of the Arab League’s Council, on the follow-up of the crisis with Iran and ways to address its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

The Cabinet highlighted the terrorism practiced by Iran through its interference in Arab affairs, which needs cooperation to confront and deter, reiterating that the Kingdom has made efforts to combat terrorism and has not hesitated to provide support with the cooperation of the international community to address this.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of the suicide bombings north of Tikrit in Iraq, the Somali capital of Mogadishu and Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, expressing condolences to the families of the victims, the governments and peoples of Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.