For the Record | Saudi Cabinet Session – December 28th – State’s Budget

Published: December 28, 2015

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Today we provide for the record the December 28th meeting of the Saudi cabinet chaired by King Salman which took up the question of the 2016 State’s Budget.

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King Salman Chairs Cabinet’s Session – December 28, 2015

Riyadh, Rabi’I 17, 1437, December 28, 2015, SPA — The Cabinet in its session chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday approved the State’s general budget for the new fiscal year 1437/1438 AH.

The session began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addressed the following speech to citizens in which he announced the budget:

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Compassionate,
Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions,

My brothers and sisters, male and female citizens,

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.

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With the help and guidance of Allah Almighty, we announce today the budget for the fiscal year 1437/1438 AH, which comes in light of the decrease in oil prices and economic, and financial regional and international challenges, where the global economic growth declined from the previous levels, and the lack of stability in some neighboring countries. We direct officials to take this into consideration and give priority to complete the implementation of projects approved in previous budgets, many of which have been under execution.

Brothers and Sisters: We praise Allah Almighty for what has been achieved during the past years of construction and development, and our ambitions are grea , and our economy has potentialities and capabilities enabling it to meet the challenges.

We directed the Council of Economic and Development Affairs to work on launching a comprehensive economic, financial and structural reform program, and this budget represents the beginning of an integrated and comprehensive program of work to build a strong economy based on solid foundations in which the sources of income are diversified, savings are grown, job opportunities are increased, and partnership between the public and private sectors is strengthened, along with the continuing implementation of development and service projects, the development of various government services, raising the efficiency of public spending, reviewing of government support system with the gradual implementation of the efficiency in the use of resources and restricting wasting, taking into account to minimize the negative impacts on middle and low-income citizens, and competitiveness of business sector.

And we direct officials responsible for the preparation of this budget that they should bear in mind to continue work towards the comprehensive integrated and balanced development in all regions of the Kingdom.

We directed officials to implement their duties in the best way and serve citizens, who are in the focus of our attention, and we will not accept any negligence in this regard; and directed for continuation of reviewing the regulations of control systems to ensure the promotion of their authorities, and upgrading their missions and responsibilities to preserve public money and ensure accountability of the negligent.

Our responsibility all is to maintain what our country is blessed by Allah Almighty of security and stability to continue the march of growth and development.

Then the Cabinet’s Secretary General Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Sadhan read the decrees on the budget.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Minister of Finance presented a summary on the State’s budget, during which he explained the financial results for the current fiscal year 1436/1437 AH, and reviewed the main features of the State’s general budget for the new fiscal year 1437/1438 AH.

SPA Note: Item closed

–SPA

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Officials of the Government of Saudi Arabia

Source: Saudi Press Agency, SUSRIS.com 

Based on the January 2015 Royal Orders Restructuring with Updates

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Premier, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

1- Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud [Replacing Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud] Crown Prince, Deputy Premier. [As of April 29, 2015] Retains post as Minister of Interior.
2- Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud [Replacing Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud], Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier [As of April 29, 2015] Retains post as Minister of Defense.
3- Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir [Replacing Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud], Minister of Foreign Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
4- Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member, Adviser and Special Envoy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of Foreign Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
5- Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
6- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of National Guard.
7- Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
8- Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani, Minister of Justice.
9- Dr. Matlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
10- Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
11- Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
12- Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance.
13- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayyn, Minister of Water and Electricity.
14- Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani [Replacing Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih] Minister of Labor. [As of April 29, 2015]
15- Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of Housing. (Replaced Shwaish bin Saud Dhwaihi, Mar 11, 2015)
16- Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar, Minister of Hajj.
17- Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih [Replacing Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser] Minister of Economy and Planning. [As of April 29, 2015]
18- Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser, Adviser at the Royal Court at the rank of Minister. [As of April 29, 2015]
19- Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
20- Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Saq, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers for Shoura Council Affairs.
21- Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
22- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel, Minister of Transport.
23- Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
24- Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qusaibi, Minister of Social Affairs.
25- Dr. Saad bin Khalid bin Saadallah Al-Jabri, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
26- Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
27- Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
28- Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh [Replacing Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, ACTING Minister of Health, who replaced Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib by Royal Order on Apr 11, 2015] as Minister of Health [As of April 29, 2015]
29- Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj, Minister of Civil Service.
30- Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi, Minister of Culture and Information.
31- Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Agriculture.
32- Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil, Minister of Education.
33- Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem to the post of Chief of Royal Court at Minister’s Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
34- Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Essa, the Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member, to the post as Member at the Council of Political and Security Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
35- Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Yousef to the post as Chairman of Board of Grievances at Minister’s Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
36- Dr. Nasser bin Rajeh bin Mohammed Al-Shahrani to the post of Deputy President of Human Rights Commission at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
37- Appointing of Dr. Amro bin Ibrahim Rajab to the post of Deputy Chief of the Cabinet’s Bureau of Experts at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
38- Appointing of Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Mansour to the post of Assistant General President of Youth Welfare at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
39- Assigning Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Jasser, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information to act as President of Radio and Television Commission in addition to his post. [As of April 29, 2015]
40 – Appointing Saleh bin Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Jasser to the post as Adviser at the Royal Court at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
41 – Appointing Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the post of Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the Rank of Minister. [As of April 29, 2015]

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The Cabinet of Saudi Arabia as of January 29, 2015. (SPA)

OFFICIALS BY POSITION

CABINET MINISTERS & SENIOR OFFICIALS (as of April 29, 2015)

  • King — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • Prime Minister — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • Deputy Prime Minister — Prince Mohammed bin Naif [Nayef] bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Crown Prince)
  • Second Deputy Prime Minister — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Deputy Crown Prince)
  • Minister of Agriculture — Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli
  • Minister of Civil Service — Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry — Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah
  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology — Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel
  • Ministry of Culture and Information — Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi
  • Minister of Defense — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister of Economy and Planning — Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih
  • Minister of Education — Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil
  • Minister of Finance — Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs — Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
  • Minister of Health — Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh
  • Minister of Housing — Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of Housing
  • Minister of Interior — Prince Mohammed bin Naif [Nayef] bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister for Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call & Guidance — Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh
  • Minister of Justice — Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani
  • Minister of Labor — Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani
  • Minister of Municipal & Rural Affairs — Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh
  • Minister of the National Guard — Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources — Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
  • Minister of Pilgrimage Affairs [Hajj] & Religious Trusts — Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar
  • Minister of Social Affairs — Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qusaibi
  • Minister of Transport — Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel
  • Minister of Water & Electricity — Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayyn
  • Minister of State — Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Cabinet Member, Adviser and Special Envoy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of Foreign Affairs.
  • Minister of State — Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Member of the Council of Ministers, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
  • Minister of State — Dr. Matlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Saq, Member of the Council of Ministers for Shoura Council Affairs
  • Minister of State — Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Dr. Saad bin Khalid bin Saadallah Al-Jabri, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Essa
  • Chairman, Supreme Ulama Council — Abd al-Aziz bin Abdallah AL Al-Shaykh
  • Governor Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency — Fahd bin Abdallah al-Mubarak
  • Ambassador to the United States — (Vacant)
  • Permanent Representative to the UN, New York — Abdallah bin Yahya al-Muallami
  • Chief of Royal Court — Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem
  • Adviser at the Royal Court — Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser

Source: Saudi Press Agency, World Factbook, SUSRIS.com

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