Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets with Indonesian president

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman holds talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman holds talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman holds talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman holds talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets with Indonesian president

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met on Sunday with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at his palace in Riyadh.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the bilateral relations and ways of strengthening them in all fields.
King Salman welcomed Widodo and his accompanying delegation to the Kingdom, while the president expressed his happiness to visit the Kingdom and meet with the king.
Widodo was also greeted by emirs, ministers and leaders of the military sectors in the reception hall.
King Salman also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.


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.