Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve Arab, Islamic culture praised

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During the closing ceremony Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid, the deputy general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, thanked the minister of cultural affairs and his ministry for organizing the event. (SPA)
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Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Saudi Cultural Attache Dr. Mohammed Al-Tom also took part. (SPA)
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During the closing ceremony Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid, the deputy general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, thanked the minister of cultural affairs and his ministry for organizing the event. (SPA)
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Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Saudi Cultural Attache Dr. Mohammed Al-Tom also took part. (SPA)
Updated 06 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve Arab, Islamic culture praised

  • Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid: Holding this meeting in Tunisia translates our ambitions in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia

TUNIS: Participants in the ninth meeting of the Unified Index of Arab Creators Initiative, which concluded on Friday at the City of Culture in Tunis, thanked the Saudi government for its support of projects that serve Arab and Islamic culture.
The event, which had the theme “efficient knowledge management for sustainable development,” was held under the patronage of Tunisian Minister of Cultural Affairs Dr. Mohamed Zine El Abidine and featured the participation of 200 scholars, librarians and specialists in information services from 13 Arab countries.
Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and Saudi Cultural Attache Dr. Mohammed Al-Tom also took part.
During the closing ceremony Dr. Abdul Karim bin Abdulrahman Al-Zaid, the deputy general supervisor of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, thanked the minister of cultural affairs and his ministry for organizing the event.
He said it was particularly important because it coincides with Tunisia this year being honored as the capital of Islamic culture, reflecting its ancient history and cultural and Arab heritage.
“Holding this meeting in Tunisia translates our ambitions in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, as we aim to establish a society pillared with knowledge that establishes a culture of science, knowledge, literature and arts as the most important elements of sustainable development,” he said.
He highlighted the importance of Arab Unified Index projects such as the Arab Innovators Initiative, which was launched during the meeting; the Arab Index Initiative, which supports the establishment of national indexes; an initiative to add other languages ​​to the Arab Index Database; and the Arab Content Support Initiative.
He also called for increased cooperation and integration between Arab libraries and information centers.


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.