No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

Updated 21 January 2019
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No delays in private sector’s payments, says Saudi ministry

  • Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 to reach $3.5 billion

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry has confirmed that 97 percent of its payments for private sector contracts are paid within 30 days of issue, with 99 percent paid within 60.

The remaining 1 percent of payments, the ministry said, were not made due to court orders, or as a result of disputes between the government and the client, and were subject to contractual dispute resolution mechanisms. 

Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia more than doubled in 2018 to reach $3.5 billion.

Attracting foreign investment is a key part of the Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy away from oil revenues. 

The Kingdom is also taking all steps to make small and medium enterprises the main engine for economic development. 

 


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.