Saudi communication body signs agreement with UN agency

Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) Gov. Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais and Doreen Bogdan-Martin, director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), sign deal to boost technology cooperation. (SPA)
Updated 18 January 2019
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Saudi communication body signs agreement with UN agency

  • Agreement shows commitment to strengthening the Kingdom’s role in the international community, says ministry
  • The deal was inked on Thursday in the Saudi capital

RIYADH: An agreement has been signed between the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the two organizations.

The deal, completed in Riyadh on Thursday, was signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais, the governor of the CITC, and Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the director of the ITU.

In a statement, the CITC said the agreement came as a result of their commitment to strengthening the Kingdom’s role in the international community, working with the ITU to enhance communication and information technology around the globe.

Dr. Al-Ruwais said: “This agreement aims to reinforce cooperation in supporting ICT regulators around the world, especially in developing countries. Moreover, it aims to share the Kingdom’s expertise in this field with all member states.”

Bogdan-Martin, meanwhile, commended the progress made by Saudi Arabia toward developing its telecommunications and IT sectors. 

Initiatives recently implemented by the CITC to adopt new technologies, such as 5G phone networks, have made the Kingdom one of the most developed regulators of the ICT sector in the world, according to the ITU’s rankings.

The ITU, a UN agency for information and communication technology, helps build strategic cooperation and understanding between governments and the private sector worldwide.

Through agreeing to partner with it, the Kingdom has become the first country to sign up to its cycle for 2019 (lasting until 2022), cementing its position as one of the UN’s key international ICT partners.


Saudi Arabian Nazaha’s fight against corruption continues

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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Saudi Arabian Nazaha’s fight against corruption continues

  • 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.