King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

King Salman receives senior officials from various anti-corruption agencies at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 12 February 2019
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King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

  • The king stressed the need for fighting graft

RIYADH: Senior officials from different government monitoring and anti-corruption agencies called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. 

The king stressed the need for fighting graft and the importance of the role of these government bodies in this regard.

The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Dr. Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, the chairman of the Control and Investigation Board, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Hussain, and the chief of the General Auditing Bureau, Dr. Hossam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Anqari, attended the meeting.

While chairing the weekly Cabinet session, King Salman last week reiterated the Kingdom’s resolve to combat corruption.

Law enforcement and auditing bodies should strengthen their roles so that they can protect and preserve public funds, he added. The king thanked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee, for his efforts and keenness.

King Salman also thanked the committee’s staff and working teams for completing the tasks assigned to them. The Cabinet also vowed to continue to fight corruption and punish those responsible.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.