Saudi citizen account registration continues, no end date given yet

Updated 22 March 2017

Saudi citizen account registration continues, no end date given yet

RIYADH: Registration in the citizen account program continues, and there is no final registration date yet, according to the supervisor at the Social Development Sector in the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and general supervisor of the citizen account program, Majed Al-Iseimi.
The official said that the allowance of those who did not register for the program yet will be assessed and if eligible, they will be given the allowance at the next disbursement.
He said that the first allowance will be paid in the month preceding the change in prices of energy and water products, adding that “the eligibility of beneficiaries will be assessed periodically, within a specified period each month.”
The general supervisor of the citizen account program said that the files of the beneficiaries will be examined after registration and eligibility reports on beneficiary families are completed.
“All the eligible applicants will be registered automatically and subsidy will be paid to beneficiaries by bank transfer. Allowances will be paid to eligible families before any reforms that may affect citizens are implemented,” Al-Iseimi said.
He added that the ministerial committee responsible for this, formed of ministries of economy and planning, finance, labor and social development, is working on preparing the program’s policies, which will be presented to the royal court.
Al-Iseimi renewed his call on citizens to register for the citizen account program online at http://ca.gov.sa.
If there are queries, problems or complaints about registration, he said, citizens can communicate via the call center number 19912, or through Twitter.
The citizen account program is one of the most important tools in the economic transformation process in the Kingdom, which works to establish the necessary infrastructure to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.
The program aims to protect small- and medium-income families from the consequences of reforming the government subsidy system by making government subsidy allocations more equitable and suitable to the needs of each individual or family, based on their income.
It also works to ensure an optimal use of resources dedicated to the subsidy.


G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

Updated 17 February 2020

G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

  • There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists

RIYADH: The media committee of the G20 Summit held its introductory press conference on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh.

Both local and foreign media were invited to view the year’s schedule of events, ask the media committee questions and understand the objectives of the summit.
“Thanks to the direction of King Salman and constant support from the crown prince, the Kingdom has prepared a full schedule that will guarantee the success of this historic event,” said Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah.
He talked about the facilities that would be made available to the members of the press throughout the year, including an international media center that would serve as the central hub for all media activities in the summit.
“The media committee has prepared a full strategic plan to provide members of both foreign and local press with all of the resources they will need to cover the G20. There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists,” he said.
He added that media facilities would be available to accredited journalists and in multiple languages for journalists across the world.
Fahd Al-Mubarak, minister of state and Saudi Arabia’s G20 sherpa, said: “Having such a large number of media professionals really underscores the importance of the role the Kingdom plays in leading the 2020 G20 Summit.”
Al-Mubarak highlighted some of the challenges the summit was facing this year, notably the coronavirus, which he said that they were actively discussing and trying to overcome.
Fahd Al-Tunisi, adviser at the royal court and secretary-general of the Saudi Secretariat for the G20, highlighted the importance of the media in getting Saudi Arabia’s messages across.
Due to the G20’s own rules and regulations, not all of the G20 meetings and conferences will be open for members of the media to attend. However, Al-Tunisi told reporters that all of the necessary resources would be made available to them online and at the international media center, and that more press conferences would be held as necessary to bring them up to speed.