2007 News Story

King Abdullah chairs weekly Cabinet meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah today.

King Abdullah opened the meeting by briefing the Cabinet on his contacts and consultations with world leaders and their envoys. He drew attention to the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to promote regional security, stability, development and economic cooperation.

Then the Cabinet was briefed on the progress of the latest development plan and related projects. It affirmed the need to continue modernizing the infrastructure and meet development demands.  The Cabinet also emphasized the importance of the private sector’s role in economic growth and the responsibility of the media and other organizations to educate and inform consumers.

A number of decisions were made. The Cabinet approved converting Saudi Arabian Airlines into strategic units that will be privatized into companies owned by the airline, in preparation for eventually privatizing the units with private investors. The Cabinet also approved the economic decisions reached at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit held in December 2006.

The General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) was renamed to the General Organization for Technological and Vocational Training.

Appointments made today included Shaye’ Al-Khishaiban as Minister Plenipotentiary, Class A at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Nuwaiser as Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Preventive Medicine.