Crown Prince Sultan leads Cabinet meeting

December 6, 2010

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz began the Cabinet session in Riyadh today by offering thanks for the success of the back surgery undergone by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in New York last week and wishing the monarch good health.

Then the Crown Prince expressed hope that the new year will be marked by benevolence and blessings for the entire world. He called for global cooperation to achieve peace, security and stability and to enhance relations between different cultures and religions. Furthermore, Crown Prince Sultan wished success to the participants in the 31st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, which began today in the United Arab Emirates.

For its part, the Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on economic, scientific and social activities. The ministers praised the address of King Abdullah before the Gulf-African Investment Conference 2010, during which he called on GCC businessmen to establish genuine partnerships with their African counterparts. The Cabinet also expressed satisfaction over the results of the World Bank’s Annual Report on Doing Business 2010. In the category of attractive investment climate, it ranked the Kingdom first among Arab and Middle Eastern countries and 11th among the 183 countries included, surpassing many advanced industrial nations.

Turning to its weekly agenda, the Cabinet approved a number of measures pertaining to a feasibility study on converting the Temporary Committee of Standardization and General Principles for the Establishment of the National Database for Geographic Information Systems into a standing committee named the National Committee of Geographic Information Systems; approved an agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of San Marino; delineated the responsibilities of the Saudi Wildlife Commission; and approved an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and income tax evasion with Vietnam.

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Mohammed Al-Dayel as Security Adviser at the Ministry of Interior (14th rank) and Jalawi Amer Kurkuman as Director of Girls Education in Riyadh Province at the Ministry of Education (14th rank). It also approved the transfer of Bandar Al-Waeli from the post of Planning Expert (15th rank) to the position of Undersecretary of the Ministry at the Ministry of Economy and Planning (15th rank).

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