Vision 2030: Leading role for Economy and Planning Ministry

Updated 06 June 2016

Vision 2030: Leading role for Economy and Planning Ministry

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP) will be treated as the “Mother of all Ministries” because it will play the most important role in achieving the goals of Vision 2030.
According to the governance framework of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA), the MEP will support other ministries and government bodies with executive and strategic planning.
It is this ministry which is developing the programs for four sectors — human development, health care, community empowerment and labor force, local media reported.
Each ministry will have to work 336 hours in 14 days.
The ministries include justice, energy, industry and mineral resources, health, economy and planning, municipal and rural affairs, Haj and Umrah, labor and social development, commerce and investment, transport, telecommunication and Information technology, civil service, information and media, water environment and agriculture and education.
Each minister bears the responsibility of solving executive problems that obstruct advancement according to his authority.
If the minister is unable to solve problems or if the problems are outside his authority, the strategic administrative department of CEDA takes over the responsibility.
The MEP works to coordinate between sectoral and district plans of ministries as a central point to facilitate collective efforts to achieve social and economic goals and provide direct services to government employees and other government bodies that offer services to citizens.
The ministry coordinates efforts to achieve the priorities of the vision.
The framework obliges the ministries of labor and development, commerce and investment, and economy and planning to activate the role of small establishments through funding and encouraging financial institutions to increase the rate of funding by 20 percent.
The framework encourages financial institutions to support the retail sector during the next five years, and add a million job opportunities in the modern retail sector with the participation of a number of modern local, regional and global trade marks.
The framework aims to raise the rate of modern trade in the retail sector to 80 percent by attracting global and regional merchants and ease restrictions related to property and foreign investments.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.