FaceOf: Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi, president of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection

Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi
Updated 03 August 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi, president of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection

  • Al-Thaqafi was awarded the National Service Award by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who was the governor of Asir region at the time

Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi has been the president of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection (PME) since April 2017.
PME is tasked with measuring the level of air pollutants in Makkah and other holy sites during the Hajj season in compliance with industrial and environmental establishments and facilities and in accordance with regulatory standard guidelines.
PME recently began employing women in environmental inspection teams in line with a decree to support environmental inspection, assessments to reduce pollution, safeguarding public health, and to improve quality of life.
This week PME completed its operational plan for this year’s Hajj season, providing pilgrims with an electronic guide transmitting the most accurate and up-to-date meteorological and environmental information through an integrated system in multiple languages.
Al-Thaqafi was awarded the National Service Award by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who was the governor of Asir region at the time, as a distinguished academic faculty member and the most active in national service in 1417 A.H (1997), among other awards and certificates.
Al-Thaqafi attained a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from King Abdul Aziz University in cooperation with the University of Arizona in 1984, a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Manchester, UK in 1988, and a Ph.D. in pollution and environmental protection from the University of Manchester in 1991.
Prior to his role as president of the PME, Al-Thaqafi’s roles included head of the Environmental Health Department from 1985-1986 and head of the Health Awareness and Environmental Health Department from 1986-1987.
He was assigned to work with the scientific group established to combat oil pollution, based on the approval that is specific to execute the national plan to combat pollution in the Arabian Gulf in 1991 for six months.


KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board. (SPA)
Updated 19 February 2019
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KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

  • Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Complaints to the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, have risen by 50 percent in a single year amid increasing efforts to combat financial and administrative misconduct in the Kingdom.
Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year, according to statistics released by the commission.
Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.
Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board and 3.37 percent to the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security.
The commission’s smartphone app received 29 percent of the reports, followed by the website at 23.6 percent, while 19.2 percent of the complaints were made in person at Nazaha’s branches. AN Jeddah
Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030.