Saudi Shoura asks National Anti-Corruption Commission to address irregularities in govt purchases

Updated 21 February 2018

Saudi Shoura asks National Anti-Corruption Commission to address irregularities in govt purchases

RIYADH: The Shoura Council has asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) to work with relevant agencies to curb the rising number of cases involving irregularities in government purchasing.
The Council urged Nazaha to require government agencies with the highest number of bribery cases to review internal procedures in order to tackle the issue, at the19th ordinary session of the Council on Tuesday.
In another decision, the Council asked Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) to consider opening centers in major cities to receive baggage and finalize travel procedures.
Later, the Council called on the Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA) to coordinate with Saudi Arabian businesses abroad to boost exports.
In another decision, the Shoura Council asked the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) to determine key mining opportunities and coordinate with the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources to provide projects as investment opportunities to public and private sector companies. It also urged SGS to complete studies on flood risks in all parts of the Kingdom.
Then the Council heard a report presented by the Committee of Hajj, Housing and Services based on the annual report of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. The Council asked the Ministry to disclose the number of consulting contracts that had been signed to carry in different areas and to specify the salaries of non-Saudis involved in these contracts.
The Council has approved a study of an anti-obesity system, recommended by the House Health Committee, after the obesity rates rose by more than 70 percent, notably among children and youths.
It was important to combat weight problems in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020, to reduce the cost of treating conditions related to obesity, the committee said.


MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

Updated 17 min 42 sec ago

MWL, UPEACE join hands to promote peace, civilized dialogue

RIYADH: The Muslim World League (MWL) and the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) have launched a book dedicated to the promotion of peace, human rights, and dialogue among civilizations.

The work, co-authored by 32 leading religious, international, political, intellectual, and media figures from around the world, was launched in Jeddah to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary and 100 years of multilateralism.

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, said: “I have always said that 10 percent of humans are capable of bringing peace and harmony to our world.

“Religious leaders and public and private institutions, including international institutions, have a responsibility to contribute effectively to achieving our common aspirations.

“A civilized alliance must be reached that represents the reality of understanding, tolerance, and cooperation of all, as well as promoting awareness of the fact that God has established the principles of difference, diversity, and pluralism.”

Al-Issa added: “History has given us lessons and sermons that prove that there is no victor in civilizational clashes and conflicts, which means that ideas can only be communicated through wisdom and mutual respect.”

Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez, the Spanish ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said Spain had also tried to play a role in international efforts aimed at providing a structure for dialogue between communities and religions.

He pointed out that the book’s research, coordinated by UPEACE and the MWL, provided “the necessary and comprehensive intellectual refutation of all the negatives in order to rise above the perceptions of the past that highlights divisions.”

Francisco J. Chacon Hernandez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UAE and Jordan, congratulated the MWL and UPEACE on the “inspiring” work that he said would help pave the way for peace.