Saudi Arabia supports peaceful transition in Sudan, King Salman announces aid package

Saudi Arabia's King Salman. (SPA file photo)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia supports peaceful transition in Sudan, King Salman announces aid package

  • Saudi Arabia called on the “brotherly Sudanese people” to give priority to the national interest
  • King Salman issued directives to the concerned authorities in the Kingdom to provide a package of humanitarian aid
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its support for the Sudanese people and the measures taken by the transitional military council following a statement issued on Saturday by its leader.
According to Saudi Press Agency, the Kingdom said it backed the steps announced by the transitional council in preserving the lives and property of the Sudanese population and hoped that this could be achieved will achieved.
Saudi Arabia calls on the “brotherly Sudanese people” to give priority to the national interest to achieve their aspirations and hopes for development and prosperity.
Also on Saturday, King Salman issued directives to the concerned authorities in the Kingdom to provide a package of humanitarian aid, including petroleum products, wheat and medicines to the Sudanese people.


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.