World health leaders to meet in Saudi Arabia next month

The fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety, to be held in Jeddah from March 2-3. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 February 2019
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World health leaders to meet in Saudi Arabia next month

  • The aim is to raise awareness and work out practical ways of applying the principals in countries with limited resources

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will next month host a major two-day gathering of world health leaders.
The fourth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety, to be held in Jeddah from March 2-3, is one of the most important international conferences of its kind and will be the first to be held in the region.
Dr. Abdulelah Alhawsawi, chair of the organizing committee and director-general of the Saudi Patient Safety Center, thanked King Salman for agreeing to host the summit in the Kingdom and for his continued support for the country’s health services.
The meeting’s delegates will focus on strategies to help the adoption of patient safety as a key element in achieving universal health coverage. The aim is to raise awareness and work out practical ways of applying the principals in countries with limited resources.


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.