King Salman appoints new energy secretary, ambassador to Bahrain

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the newly appointed energy minister of Saudi Arabia. (Supplied photo)
Updated 08 September 2019

King Salman appoints new energy secretary, ambassador to Bahrain

  • Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman replaces Khalid Al-Falih, who held the post since May 2016
  • Decree also names new envoy to Bahrain and new deputy minister of industry and mineral resources

RIYADH: King Salman on Sunday issued a royal decree appointing Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as energy minister.

Prince Abdulaziz replaced Khalid Al-Falih, who was removed from the post that he held since May 2016. 

Another decree named Prince Sultan bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud ambassador to Bahrain. 

In a third decree, King Salman appointed Osama bin Abdulaziz Al-Zamil as deputy minister of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, replacing Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Ali Al-Abdulkarim, who was removed from his post by the same decree.

Falih’s relief from the key post follows his removal last week as chairman of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, a position he held since 2015.

He was replaced as Saudi Aramco chairman by Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, who has been the governor of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) since 2017. 

At the end of August, a royal decree split the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources — then headed by Al-Falih — into the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources.

Named to head the new ministry was prominent businessman Bandar Al-Khorayef, while Al-Falih remained as energy secretary.

In a tweet, Al-Falih thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “for granting me the opportunity to serve our dear homeland” and wished his successor “all the best in leading this important sector.”

“I would like to thank all the colleagues, whom I was pleased to work with, for all the efforts installed to serve our generous country. I hope they achieve more excellence and success,” said Al-Falih, who was tapped by the king to head the energy ministry in May 2016 in a concurrent capacity as chairman of Saudi Aramco.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the new energy minister has a lifetime of experience in energy. In his 20s he became an adviser to the energy minister in 1985 before being named deputy oil minister in 1995, a position he held for nearly a decade.

He then served as assistant oil minister until 2017, when he was named minister of state for energy affairs. He holds degrees from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.