King appoints new ministers

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Author: ARAB NEWS

Wednesday 14 December 2011

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has reshuffled his cabinet. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah is the new commerce and industries minister in the place of Abdullah Zainal Alireza.

New Haj Minister Bandar Al-Hajjar replaced Fouad Al-Farsy, while Muhammad Al-Jasser replaces Khaled Al-Gosaiby as minister of economy and planning.
Abdul Rahman Al-Barrak is appointed minister of civil service in the place of Muhammad Al-Faiz.
Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak is the new governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. Khaled Al-Sabti is the new deputy minister of education.
The new appointments also include Abdul Rahman Al-Ibrahim as the new governor of the Saline Water Conversion Cooperation, Muhammad Al-Jefri the new deputy chairman of the Shoura Council and Fahd Al-Hamad assistant deputy chairman of the council.
Faisal bin Abdul Rahman Al-Muammar has been appointed the adviser to the king and secretary-general of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
Hamad bin Muhammed bin Hamad Al-Asheikh was named deputy minister of education for boys.
Al-Hajjar, former chairman of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) and deputy chairman of the Shoura Council, was born in 1953 in Madinah and took his bachelor’s in economics and politics from King Saud University in Riyadh and Master’s in economics from Indiana University in the US.
He obtained his doctorate in economics from Britain.
Al-Hajjar became Shoura Council member in 1997.
He also headed the foreign affairs committee of the council. He was the deputy chairman of NSHR in 2004 and since 2005 its chairman.
Economy and Planning Minister Al-Jasser was born in Buraidah in 1955, obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from San Diego State University in 1979 and Master’s in economics from the University of California in 1981.
In 1986, he received his doctorate degree in economics from the University of California.
Al-Jasser started his career at the Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy as head of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit in the Budget Department in 1981.
He was appointed acting deputy minister of finance and national economy for budget and organization in 1995.
In 1995, as vice governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), Al-Jasser was honored with the King Abdulaziz Medal of the First Order for his services to the Kingdom.
Al-Barrak, the new minister of civil service, was born in Ahsa in 1956.
He obtained his bachelor’s in business administration at King Saud University in 1980, Master’s in public administration at University of Pittsburgh in the US in 1983 and doctorate in public administration at the same university in 1989.
After serving various academic and administrative positions at King Saud University Al-Barrak was nominated as member of the Shoura Council in 2001 and became its assistant chairman in 2008.
Commerce and Industries Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, who did his BA in financial management and mathematics at the King Saud University, Riyadh, took his Ph.D in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in the US.
He has been the driving force behind the vast expansion in the industrial cities in the Kingdom especially when he served as the director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON).
He also served as undersecretary for industries in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and supervisor of the National Industrial Policy.
He is also a member of the board of directors of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and the Industrial Development Fund.

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