Saudi women take center stage at US forum

The forum will be at George Washington University. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 April 2019

Saudi women take center stage at US forum

  • AboutHer Global Forum (AGF) will be on April 26

JEDDAH: Trailblazing Saudi women helping to transform the Kingdom will be celebrated at a global forum at George Washington University in the US. 

The first AboutHer Global Forum (AGF) on April 26 will mark a milestone in Saudi history, according to its creators, the lifestyle portal AboutHer.

Under the banner “Saudi Women on the Road to Vision 2030,” the forum will explore the efforts of Saudi women in the Kingdom and beyond to ensure the country’s successful transformation under its groundbreaking reform program.

Reforms aimed at improving the lives of women in the Kingdom are a key part of the ambitious plan to modernize Saudi society and strengthen its economy, organizers of the forum said.

Saudi Arabia has been pushing for more women to take up top leadership positions, has reformed sections of its legal structure to give women greater rights, and is creating more work opportunities for women.

A discussion panel at the forum will focus on Saudi women in the diaspora and their role in realizing Vision 2030, how Saudi women across the world can empower those within the Kingdom, and the influence women now have on economic and policy development.

Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019

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.