Experts to discuss environment in Riyadh

Updated 12 February 2019
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Experts to discuss environment in Riyadh

  • There are 50 million Scouts in the world and 28 million of them are Muslim

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of King Salman, the Kingdom will host the World Scout and Environmental Protection Conference in Riyadh on Tuesday.
The conference has been organized by the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association (SASA).
A group of world scouts and specialists in environmental and volunteer works will participate in the conference.
This patronage comes in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which has set the environmental and sustainable development as one of its main objectives.
The Saudi association joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1963 and hosted the Arab Jamboree in Taif in 2000. There are 50 million Scouts in the world and 28 million of them are Muslim. SASA has been helping Hajj pilgrims for 47 years.


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.