Newly appointed Saudi Cabinet members sworn in

King Salman receives newly appointed ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 02 January 2019
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Newly appointed Saudi Cabinet members sworn in

  • King Salman also presided over Tuesday afternoon’s Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace

RIYADH: King Salman swore in the new Cabinet ministers at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The ministers included Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd as minister of state; Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as minister of national guard; Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak as minister of state; Dr. Hamad bin Al-Asheikh as minister of education and minister of information; and Turki Al-Shabanah as media minister.

Other officials were sworn in included Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz as governor of Asir, Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz as deputy governor of Makkah, and Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz as governor of Al-Jouf.

Furthermore, King Salman presided over Tuesday afternoon’s Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace.

The king affirmed that the issuance of a number of royal decrees, which included the restructuring of the Cabinet and some government agencies and the appointment of a number of ministers and officials, stems from the keenness to continue the Kingdom’s development process, achieve the aspirations in the performance of the state’s institutions, and to raise the level of services provided to citizens and residents. 

He also greeted the new ministers and wished all new officials success, while expressing his thanks to former officials for their efforts.

The Cabinet expressed its appreciation to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for emphasizing that economic and structural reforms in the national economy are moving steadily toward achieving the objectives of Vision 2030. These include diversifying the economy, achieving economic stability and financial sustainability, improving the efficiency of public finance management, stimulating the private sector, and working to improve the standard of living for citizens.

The Cabinet appreciated the royal decree that will allow the continuation of the disbursement of allowances for the monthly cost of living for civil and military personnel, pensions and the monthly allowance for social security beneficiaries, while continuing the increase in financial rewards for male and female students for one fiscal year, reflecting the keenness of King Salman to fulfill the needs of all Saudi citizens.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”