GCC unifies traffic monitoring system

Updated 14 January 2013

GCC unifies traffic monitoring system

The general traffic administration is currently coordinating with a team for a unified traffic application in GCC countries, its director has said.
“The new system allows the exchange of information and data electronically between GCC countries on traffic violations, data related to vehicles, export certificates, discharge, and will connect all services of traffic administrations,” Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Mugbil said.
He confirmed to local media that the department is in the process of implementing a two-part strategy. The first part concerns the violator that must be dealt with strictly and politely, and the other part is about providing services to citizens.
The new system will allow citizens to access all services electronically through the Ministry of Interior’s portal for all administrative procedures. It will allow citizens to take advantage of accessing the service smoothly during a short period of time.
“This is an extension of the strategy, which also focuses on fieldwork and tasks, and the transfer of some members from their administrative duties to the field to improve and develop traffic work,” he added.
Regarding occasionally faulty Saher system, Al-Mugbil said Saher is a mechanism to monitor driving offenses. “It has achieved positive results ... statistics and reports have shown that it has contributed to reducing the most serious causes of traffic accidents.”

Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018

Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.