Crown Prince Salman chairs Cabinet meeting (1/14/13)

January 14, 2013

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz began the weekly Cabinet meeting in Riyadh this afternoon by welcoming, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Arab leaders and officials who will attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in the Kingdom next week. He expressed hope that the meeting will be successful and serve the common interests of the Arab people.

The Cabinet wished success to the members of sixth session of the Majlis Al-Shura (consultative council), who were recently appointed by the King. It welcomed the inclusion of women in the Majlis Al-Shura, a development that will allow for greater diversity of viewpoints within the body.

The Cabinet then reviewed the Kingdom’s positive financial environment, as evidenced by the latest economic reports. It noted that the budget for the current fiscal year (1434/1435 H.) continues to focus on programs and projects that contribute to development and progress, provide more job opportunities and services for citizens, and maintain the country’s security and stability.

Next, the Cabinet reviewed the latest regional and global developments. In this context, the ministers stressed the importance of supporting international efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria, while helping the Syrian people achieve their aspirations and maintain the security, unity and independence of their country. They emphasized the importance of aiding displaced Syrians, especially with the onset of winter. The Cabinet praised the directives of the King to provide urgent emergency relief worth $10 million for displaced Syrians in Jordan, along with the Kingdom’s pledge, announced at the Marrakesh Conference, to provide $100 million in aid to the Syrian people.

Finally, the Cabinet commended the outcome of the emergency meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League, which was held in Cairo yesterday.

Addressing its remaining agenda items, the Cabinet approved the reconstitution of the Board of Directors of the Jeddah Company for Development and Urban Development for a period of three years; approved the United Nations Convention against Corruption, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in its resolution No. (58/4), dated 10/31/03; approved the restructuring of the Board of Directors of Irrigation and Drainage in Al-Ahsa; approved the amendment of three articles of the Communications Regulation issued by Royal Decree No. (M/12), dated 3/12/1422 H.; and approved the final account of the Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority for fiscal year (1431/1432 H.).

The Cabinet approved the appointments of Dr. Khalid Marghalani as Undersecretary for Planning and Health Economics at the Ministry of Health (15th rank); Abdullah Al-Junaidel as Director General of the Central Department for Organization and Administration at the Ministry of Finance (14th rank); and Ali Al-Omar as Administrative Advisor at the Supreme Council of Magistracy (14th rank).