Saudi ministry launches ‘Priority For Them’ access initiative 

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“‘Priority For Them’ is a community awareness initiative that does not require significant financial resources to implement it. (SPA)
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“‘Priority For Them’ is a community awareness initiative that does not require significant financial resources to implement it. (SPA)
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“‘Priority For Them’ is a community awareness initiative that does not require significant financial resources to implement it. (SPA)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Saudi ministry launches ‘Priority For Them’ access initiative 

  • The initiative comes in line with the National Transformation Program (NTP), and as part of the Vision 2030 objectives to enhance and develop all social services provided in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has launched its latest pioneering initiative, “Priority For Them,” a move to aid accessibility to government services and departments for people with special needs.
It will target four segments of society — the elderly, disabled, pregnant women and new mothers —  granting them priority in waiting areas and queues, which will ensure a better delivery of service wherever they go.
The initiative is being publicized through social media, having already gone viral on Twitter, and comes as part of the ministry’s social initiatives program “Building and Empowering.”
“‘Priority For Them’ is a community awareness initiative that does not require significant financial resources to implement it. This initiative aims at giving priority to the elderly, those with disabilities, pregnant women, and those carrying a baby, enabling them to cross the crowded paths, sit in waiting areas, and to obtain requested services as soon as possible,” Nourah Fahad Al-Jebali, a ministry consultant, told Arab News.
According to figures from the General Authority of Statistics in 2018, the plans could provide fast-tracks for over 5 million Saudi citizens. 
The initiative comes in line with the National Transformation Program (NTP), and as part of the Vision 2030 objectives to enhance and develop all social services provided in the Kingdom. The ministry has pledged to raise public awareness of people’s rights as a result, as well as implement new ones for those considered more vulnerable. 
The governor of Al-Baha, Dr. Hussam bin Saud, launched the “Priority For Them” initiative and also signed several strategic partnerships and hiring agreements for disabled citizens as part of the program.
Al-Jebali said: “The expected impact of this initiative is to facilitate transactions and, thus, increase the quality of services provided to achieve community integration. Empowering people with disabilities leads us to a comprehensive and harmonious society in which people with needs are productive and stable.”
Initiatives reinforcing community values were, she added, essential in order to influence upcoming generations standards of etiquette and charity.


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.