Vision 2030 takes off

Vision 2030 takes off
Updated 08 May 2016

Vision 2030 takes off

Vision 2030 takes off

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman announced sweeping changes and named new ministers as well as chiefs of local government bodies in a series of royal decrees issued here Saturday.

King Salman replaced the long-serving Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi with Saudi Aramco chief Khalid Al-Falih, who will now be responsible for energy, industry and mineral resources.
Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, who was in charge of commerce and industry, becomes the new health minister; while central bank (SAMA) Gov. Fahad Al-Mubarak has been replaced with Ahmed Al-Khulaifi.
Another new face is Majid Al-Qasabi, who has been appointed minister of commerce and investment. Mohammed Salih Bentin has been named minister of Haj and Umrah in the reshuffle that comes within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
“The move to restructure the ministries and to appoint new faces is mainly intended to provide the best services to citizens and expatriates to achieve a prosperous future and sustainable development,” said the royal court statement.
“In order to achieve these objectives, a number of royal orders were issued Saturday, restructuring some ministries and government bodies and appointing a number of ministers and officials.”
The king, in fact, announced major changes and replaced the ministers in charge of energy, water, transport, commerce, social affairs, health and Haj besides establishing a new recreation and culture commission. He removed, renamed and combined some ministries, while explaining the need to carry out reforms to boost the economy and ensure development in the wake of falling oil prices.
The king dissolved the ministry of water and announced a new ministry for water, environment and agriculture. The Haj Ministry has been renamed Ministry of Haj and Umrah.
Referring to the central bank’s operations, the royal court statement said that Al-Khulaifi, who has been named SAMA governor, was deputy governor for research and international affairs at the central bank. His predecessor, Al-Mubarak, was named central bank governor in 2011.
The changes announced by King Salman come in line with the ambitious plans of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that call for a radical overhaul of the economy by reducing the Kingdom’s dependence on oil.
The deputy crown prince recently unveiled Vision 2030, which stipulates several measures including privatization of state-owned institutions and a stake in Saudi Aramco to help fund the sovereign wealth fund.
According to the royal decrees, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been renamed the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, while the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources will be known as Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. It will also be entrusted with the task to undertake the management of the National Industrial Cluster Development Program.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has been named as the ‘Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance’. On the other hand, the Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs have been integrated to become one. The names of several national bodies have also been changed with additional mandates, rights and duties delegated to them.
The General Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection has been now named as the ‘General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection,’ and it will have a board of directors. The youth welfare presidency will be now known as ‘General Authority for Sports,” and the Saudi Public Education Evaluation Commission will be called ‘Education Evaluation Commission.’
Referring to other national organizations, the royal decrees said that the Zakat Department has been renamed ‘General Authority for Zakat and Income,’ with a board of directors chaired by the minister of finance. A General Authority for Entertainment has also been established besides a General Authority for Culture. In terms of supervisory roles, the minister of health shall chair the board of directors of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.
The minister of energy, industry and mineral resources shall chair the board of directors of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones, Saudi Geological Survey, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Exports Development Authority and the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.
In terms of appointments, the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) and the president of the Council of Competition as well as the chairman of the board of directors of Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority shall be appointed by royal order. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) will be linked to the minister of transport.
King Salman also issued royal orders appointing Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan to the post of minister of transport. The outgoing petroleum minister Al-Naimi and Sheikh Saad bin Nasser Al-Shathri will now serve as advisers at the royal court with the rank of minister.
Also, Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer has been named as adviser to the king with the rank of minister.
Other important appointments include that of Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid to the post of adviser at the Royal Court (excellent rank), Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Khalid as member of Shoura Council; Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Mohammed as adviser at the Royal Court; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz as adviser at the Royal Court (excellent rank) and Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz as adviser at the Royal Court.
Sulaiman bin Abdullah bin Humoud Abalkhail was named the new rector of Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University with the rank of minister, while Prince Abdullah bin Musaad bin Abdulaziz, will be new president of General Authority for Sports. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, the outgoing minister of state and member of the Council of Ministers, will now head the Education Evaluation Commission.


DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties
Updated 25 February 2021

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan discuss strengthening ties

RIYADH: Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Shahin Abdullayev recently held a meeting with the joint Saudi-Azerbaijani Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shoura Council in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The meeting was held under the co-chairmanship of Dr. Faiz Al-Shehri, member of the Shoura Council and head of the committee, and examined various ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially at the level of parliamentary relations between the Shoura Council and the Azerbaijani parliament.
Abdullayev wished the council success in its new session and expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s policies to enhance security, peace and stability in the Gulf region and beyond.
Al-Shehri ran through the Shoura Council’s organizational structure, and highlighted the importance of the diplomatic role played by parliamentary friendship committees.
Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan celebrated the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in February 2017.
The then-Azeri Ambassador in Riyadh Rasim Rzayev said at the time: “Azerbaijan and the Kingdom, two brotherly Muslim countries, have unique commonalities of a historical, religious and political nature.”
 


Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Updated 25 February 2021

Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Eastern Province governor receives Netherlands ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif met Janet Alberda, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia, in Dammam on Wednesday.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and issues of common interest, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Alberda highlighted the development that the Eastern Province has been witnessing, and wished further progress and prosperity for the Kingdom.
The meeting was attended by the Saudi Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Sulaiman Al-Suhaimi.
Also on Wednesday, Prince Saud received the regional director of Al Arabiya channel, Mohammed Al-Hekmi, accompanied by a number of employees.
Prince Saud praised the role of the media in highlighting the societal and development accomplishments of the Kingdom in general and the Eastern Province in particular.
The media played an influential role and was an important means of communication, he said.
Earlier, Prince Saud met the US consul general in Dhahran, Nicholle Manz-Baazaoui. Issues of common interest and ways to promote relationships between the two countries were discussed.
Prince Saud stressed the solid ties between the two countries and their common vision on various topics.
He also highlighted the two countries’ joint work toward achieving security and peace in the region and the world, as well as their economic and cultural cooperation.
 


Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank

Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank
Updated 25 February 2021

Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank

Who’s Who: Tareq Al-Sadhan, CEO of Riyad Bank

Tareq Al-Sadhan has been president and CEO of Riyad Bank since April 2019. Before that, he served as the bank’s senior executive vice president from January 2018 to March 2019.
Al-Sadhan worked with KPMG Saudi Arabia, where he spent 18 years rising through the ranks to become one of the youngest partners in the firm’s history.
He was CEO/managing partner and chairman of the advisory committee during his last five years at the company.
Before his current position, Al-Sadhan worked in the Kingdom’s public sector in roles such as adviser to the chairman in the Saudi Fund for Development, acting director general at the General Authority for Zakat and Tax, and deputy governor for supervision at the Saudi Central Bank.
Al-Sadhan holds a bachelor’s degree in administration science from King Saud University, majoring in accounting (1997), and a master’s degree in business management from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, France (2007).
He gained a diploma in international business from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and a diploma in leadership development and strategy from INSEAD in 2010.
Al-Sadhan is a member of the 2020 World Economic Forum’s Stewardship Board for the Middle East and North Africa, and a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants.
He has been an audit committee member at the Public Investment Fund since March 2019, and an advisory board member at Mastercard since March 2018.


Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK
Updated 25 February 2021

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman discusses defense relations with UK
  • Prince Khalid bin Salman held a phone call with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held a phone call with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to discuss defense relations between both countries. 

“Had a good call with the United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to discuss defense relations between our two friendly countries, and our common interests in achieving regional and international stability,” Prince Khalid tweeted Wednesday.

In an interview last year with Al Arabiya, Wallace said the UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not restricted to selling weapons, but a strong defense partnership.


KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti

KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti
Updated 25 February 2021

KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti

KSrelief launches medical campaign in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has launched a voluntary medical campaign for specialized surgeries in Djibouti.

The center’s medical team has to date performed 41 urinary tract operations on children in the east African country and provided the necessary treatment for 60 other cases.

The health initiative is part of Saudi Arabia’s relief and humanitarian efforts, through the center, to help crisis-hit countries and the suffering of people around the world.