EP businessmen welcome Cabinet decision to develop province

EP businessmen welcome Cabinet decision to develop province
Updated 28 November 2014

EP businessmen welcome Cabinet decision to develop province

EP businessmen welcome Cabinet decision to develop province

The Eastern province’s businessmen have described the Council of Ministers’ decision to approve the establishment of a supreme commission for the development of the Eastern Province as a historic step and a progressive leap. They think this will contribute to the development of services and projects throughout the entire region.
Mayor of the Eastern Province, Fahad Al-Jubair, said that "the presence of a supreme authority seeks to further develop the region following the example of other commissions in other parts of the Kingdom, and is urgently needed to transform ideas for projects into reality."
"The approval of this commission is concerned with increasing the province’s potentials and its strategic, historical, touristic and economical base to make it strong enough to take great leaps in the field of sustainable development," he said.
Abdulrahman Al-Otaishan, chair of Asharqia Chamber, said that approval to establish a higher authority to develop the Eastern Province "is a strategic decision to speed up the development process and create a general policy and framework for the development and progression of the province through a specialized budget."
He added, "The associated study will include all urban and rural areas in a way that will open more doors to apply the objectives of Saudi leadership and the vision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for a fair, balanced development."
KFUPM Rector Khalid S. Al-Sultan said that the importance of the Eastern Province lies in its strategic location which is one of the most important economic, industrial and technical areas and hosts huge and sophisticated industrial institutions and a booming business sector.
Al-Sultan noted that "from this standpoint, the idea to establish an authority responsible for the modern management and development of major cities had proved effective elsewhere, and the province will benefit from the experience in gaining sophistication and better serving citizens and residents."
Abdulhakeem Al-Amar, a member of Asharqia Chamber, said that the goals that motivate the establishment of a supreme commission in the province are to eliminate stalled projects, find flexible mechanisms for proper planning and project execution, to determine the developmental projects that the province needs, to follow up their implementation, to develop the community, urban planning strategies and population growth, and to put in place strategic plans for the upgrading of towns and villages in the province.
Th Eastern Province is the largest province of Saudi Arabia and contains the largest oil reserves and petrochemical industry in the world. The province is also a tourist hub due to its location on the coast of the Arabian Gulf and the variety of entertainment activities available in the area, and most of the tourists who visit the region come from the nearby states of the GCC, and the Riyadh region.