Princess Reema sworn in as new Saudi envoy to US

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Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan was appointed Saudi ambassador to the US. (SPA)
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The newly appointed ambassadors were sworn in before King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan takes his oath as the new Saudi ambassador to the Austria. (SPA)
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King Salman with the newly appointed ambassadors. (SPA)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Princess Reema sworn in as new Saudi envoy to US

  • Princess Reema follows in the footsteps of her father Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was also Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the country
  • The George Washington University graduate replaces Prince Khaled bin Salman, who was appointed deputy defense minister

RIYADH: Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan made diplomatic history on Tuesday when she was sworn in as Saudi ambassador to the US.

The princess took the oath of loyalty before King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, to become Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador.

“I swear by Almighty Allah to be faithful to my religion, to my king and my country; to never reveal any state secrets; to preserve the Kingdom’s interests and laws at home and abroad; and to perform my duty with sincerity, honesty and loyalty,” she said.

Princess Reema spent several years in the US during her youth when her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was also Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the country. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University. A noted entrepreneur and philanthropist, before her diplomatic appointment Princess Reema had been vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority since 2016. 

Also sworn in on Tuesday were the new Saudi Ambassador to Austria, Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan; to Cameroon, Abdulilah Mohammed Al-Shuaibi; and to Cyprus, Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Sharif. 

Prince Khaled bin Bandar, who attended the ceremony, later expressed his thanks and gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for appointing him the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK.


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.