Egyptian arrested attempting to smuggle 31,000 Captagon pills into Saudi Arabia on a jet-ski

Saudi Border Guards found more than 31,000 Captagon pills on the jet-ski when they intercepted it off the coast of Tabuk. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 12 February 2019
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Egyptian arrested attempting to smuggle 31,000 Captagon pills into Saudi Arabia on a jet-ski

JEDDAH: Saudi Border Guards have thwarted an attempt to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom using a jet-ski.
Officers found more than 31,000 Captagon pills on the jet-ski when they intercepted it off the coast of Tabuk.
The jet-ski laden with the amphetamines was being driven by an Egyptian national, who was arrested, SPA reported. It was unclear when the haul was seized.
Meanwhile, Border Guards thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than 300kg of cannabis into the Kingdom.
Two Yemeni nationals were caught trying to bring the drugs in to Najran province on Friday.
A Border Guards spokesman said the suspects were arrested.


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.