1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz yesterday presided over the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers.   Referring to the attention given to the standard of living of all citizens, male and female, within the framework of the Kingdom’s ambitious development plans, King Fahd discussed at length the issue of providing more job opportunities for qualified and well-trained Saudi manpower, and declared that Saudi Arabia will continue enhancing performance by upgrading the level of education and training syllabuses while complying with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet.

Minister of Higher Education and Acting Minister of Education Dr. Khaled Al-Angari reported that King Fahd indicated a figure of about 650,000 men and women joining the civil service within the framework of the sixth five-year development plan (1995-1999), and referred to the advanced systems of education and training that will contribute to the qualification of citizens to enable them to perform productively.  King Fahd reiterated the Kingdom’s constant viewpoint of the value of the human being, and accordingly, the government focuses primarily on the development, qualification, and education of human resources to let them acquire the necessary experience to contribute in an efficient manner to the realization of the development plans and programs.   Recalling the essence of constructive Islamic ideology on the basis of which the late King Abdul Aziz unified the Kingdom, and reviewing programs for Saudi employees in various governmental departments that aim at giving them the chance to undertake their responsibilities towards their religion and their country, King Fahd stated that during fiscal year 1995, 23,737 citizens, both men and women, joined the various civil service sections, 10,869 of them in the educational sector.   Praising its important role in the employment of Saudis, King Fahd urged the private sector to attract more Saudi personnel to contribute to the increase in comprehensive development in Saudi Arabia.

The cabinet then passed a number of resolutions, including authorization of the Foreign Minister or his representative to sign and exchange with the head of the European Union or his representative, two letters proposing diplomatic immunities and privileges.