Dr. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Salamah, general director at Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies

Updated 13 April 2019
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Dr. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Salamah, general director at Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies

Dr. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Salamah is the general director at Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies.

He is also the general supervisor for financial and administrative affairs at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, specializing in the comprehensive management of the major industrial cities, and general supervisor of colleges and institutes at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.

He got his bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Saud University in Riyadh in 1985, and his master’s degree in economics from Western Illinois University in 1990. He received a doctorate in economics from Durham University in 1994.

The diplomatic studies institute, in cooperation with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, recently held a workshop on modern trends in diplomatic training.

The Riyadh-based event was organized as part of the responsibilities of foreign affairs ministries in the Kingdom and the UAE to improve and advance diplomatic practices.

It was aimed at providing diplomats with the required knowledge and refining their skills for their field.

It was attended by Al-Salamah as well as the undersecretary for political and economic affairs at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Dr. Adel Merdad.

The workshop was also attended by Egyptian, Jordanian and South Korean officials.


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.