Saudi Cabinet vows support for Sudanese people

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Saudi Cabinet vows support for Sudanese people

  • Saudi Arabia calls on Yemeni people to isolate Houthis

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has renewed the Kingdom’s support for the people of Sudan and the actions of the transitional military council in working to restore stability and security to the country.
In a session of the Council of Ministers, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, members highlighted the monarch’s directives to send aid to Sudan including medicines, corn and petroleum products.
The Cabinet also expressed its appreciation to Pakistani President Arif Alvi for his statement at the 4th International Message of Islam Conference in Islamabad which lauded the strong bond between the two countries.
And members pointed to Pakistan’s honoring of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the global influential figure of 2018 award in appreciation of his efforts to support Islam, Muslims worldwide and global peace.
In a statement, Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah said that the Cabinet had discussed the convening of the first session of the Yemeni Parliament since the 2014 Houthi coup.
Council members agreed the meeting, held on Saturday in the city of Seiyun, was a step forward and showed the resolve of the Yemeni people to regain their country and unity and isolate the Iranian-backed Houthis.
The Cabinet authorized the Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif to discuss a draft agreement on security cooperation with Ethiopia.
The Kingdom’s Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi was given the go-ahead to start negotiations on a deal with Iraq over the mutual protection of investments.
Ministers went on to approve a memorandum of understanding for technical cooperation between the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, an agency of the US State Department.
The Cabinet also noted a new passport developed by Interpol for officials on work-related missions.


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.