Cabinet OKs SRO, PTA merger

Updated 21 March 2016
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Cabinet OKs SRO, PTA merger

RIYADH: The Cabinet in its meeting on Monday announced it had taken several key decisions.

These included authorizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, to hold discussions with Azerbaijan on civil defense cooperation.
The Cabinet was also briefed on the joint statement issued by the fifth meeting of the Saudi-Egyptian Coordination Council held in Riyadh and welcomed the signing of several agreements aimed at boosting bilateral relations.
The Cabinet approved the merger of the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) and the Public Transport Authority to form the Public Transport Authority (PTA). The PTA will have a board of directors led by the transport minister and members representing the interior, finance, transport, municipal and rural affairs, economy and planning, and commerce and industry ministries. It would also have three representatives from the private sector.
The Cabinet also approved the formation of a committee dealing with transport in the education sector, which would have the mandate of ensure safe and reliable transport, and the employment of Saudis. The committee would comprise officials from the interior, education, labor, and municipal and rural affairs ministries.
The Cabinet approved the establishment of an organizational unit at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs known as the National Urban Observatory that would carry out comparative studies on the state of provinces and regions, with this data made available to other government departments and agencies to improve service delivery.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.