Saudi minister to attend Arab Labor Conference in Cairo

Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi
Updated 12 April 2019
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Saudi minister to attend Arab Labor Conference in Cairo

RIYADH: Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi will head Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 46th Arab Labor Conference, which runs from April 14-21 in Cairo.
The most notable item on the conference agenda is the report of the Director General of the Arab Labor Office “Labor Relations and the Requirements of Sustainable Development.” The meeting will also explore the role the ‘Blue Economy’ —  related to the preservation of the marine environment — can play in creating opportunities for employment; along with how technology is helping people with disabilities find employment.
Successful Arab entrepreneurs will be honored at the conference, and a new director general will be appointed for a four-year term, while the formation of the Committee of Legal Experts, who will serve a three-year term, will also be announced.


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.