NEOM: The Saudi government on Tuesday held a virtual Cabinet session under the chairmanship of King Salman.
The monarch opened the meeting by thanking God for blessing all Muslims with the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan and encouraged state agencies to provide pilgrims with the best possible services to ensure their comfort, safety, and security.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, acting media minister, Majid Al-Qasabi, said the Cabinet discussed the rapid economic development taking place in the Kingdom under the Vision 2030 reform plan, including renewable energy initiatives.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was lauded for launching a number of energy projects, in particular solar and wind power generation schemes, aimed at turning Saudi Arabia into a global hub for traditional and renewable energy and their technologies within the next 10 years.
The Cabinet also reviewed regional and international developments related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic including the vaccination campaign which had seen in excess of 6 million doses distributed to more than 587 centers throughout the country.
Efforts to promote peace, stability, and development in the region and countries around the world were on the agenda too.
The Cabinet approved an agreement between the Saudi government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development for the establishment of a relations office for GCC countries.
A deal between the Saudi and Latvian governments to avoid double taxation on income and capital taxes, and prevent tax evasion was ratified, and amendments were agreed to anti-commercial fraud laws.
In addition, the balance sheet of the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization was approved, changes were made to regulations related to the acceptance and sponsorship of non-Saudi scholarship students in the Kingdom’s higher education institutions, and annual reports on housing, foreign trade, ports, and cybersecurity, and matters related to the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques were taken into consideration.