Council for Economic and Developmental Affairs [CEDA]
New policy and decision making body in the Saudi Government announced by royal decree on January 29, 2015.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Defense, announced as chairman.
SUSRIS – February 11, 2015
Economic and Development Affairs Council Holds Inaugural Meeting
The Saudi Arabian government was overhauled by King Salman on January 29th, following his ascension to the throne on January 23rd. Among the sweeping changes of office holders and institutions he created a Council of Economic and Development Affairs to be led by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz who also serves as Minister of Defense and is a son of the king.
The Economic and Development Affairs Council includes 22 members and was the subject of a wide-ranging FocusKSA (SUSTG.com/SUSRIS.com) interview this week with Dr. Theodore Karasik, a geo-political expert in Gulf affairs. He said the creation of this council as well as the Security and Political Affairs Council, established in the same move, were important steps in Saudi policymaking. He told SUSRIS:
“This body encompasses all of Saudi domestic affairs – everything from health, labor, Islamic affairs, and so on. It is to be headed by the Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who we have to watch very carefully because here is a thirty-four year old prince, he’s the son of a King. A lot of us knew about him, knew that he was behind his father, but when he was appointed to become the head of MOD it took many of us by surprise that he would rise so quickly. This is an important point because his management capability has already been proven. He’s known to be a very solid administrator – tough and able to get things done. In the Council of Economic and Development Affairs there’s a lot to do in terms of where the Kingdom is going to go, and primarily that is in the education realm.”
Today the Council of Economic and Development Affairs met in Riyadh for their inaugural session under the leadership of its President, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Defense. SUSRIS will follow developments in the evolution of this key policymaking body as events unfold. We provide here for your consideration the list of Council members and the official Saudi Press Agency report on the session.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, chaired the inaugural session in Riyadh, February 11, 2015. (SPA)
The Royal Order also formed the Council of Economic and Development Affairs as follows:
1- Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Member of the Council of Ministers, President.
2- Minister of Justice, Member.
3- Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member.
4 – Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Member.
5- Minister of Finance, Member.
6- Minister of Water and Electricity, Member.
7- Minister of Labor, Member.
8- Minister of Housing, Member.
9- Minister of Hajj, Member.
10- Minister of Economy and Planning, Member.
11- Minister of Commerce and Industry, Member.
12- Minister of Transport, Member.
13- Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Member.
14- Minister of Social Affairs, Member.
15- Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member.
16- Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Member.
17- Minister of Health, Member.
18- Minister of Civil Service, Member.
19- Minister of Culture and Information, Member.
20- Minister of Agriculture, Member.
21- Minister of Education, Member.
22- Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member.
The Royal Order instructed that the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers shall be a Secretary of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.
Minister of Defense Chairs First Session of Economic and Development Affairs Council
Riyadh, 22 Rabi’II 1436 H, February 11, 2015, SPA — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, Chief of the Royal Court, and Special Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and also Chairman of the Economic and Development Council, chaired at the Royal Court today the first session of the Economic and Development Council.
At the outset of the meeting, Prince Mohammed bin Salman thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for his decree initiating the Economic and Development Council which assures the continuity of the developmental process of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia adopted by the Kingdom’s leadership and undertaking its part in orchestrating all the economic and developmental issues according to the public interest of the nation and nationals as well as the keenness of the monarch to upgrade the performance of work and level of coordination to evade dualism and achieve the projected aims leading to the integration of roles, responsibilities and areas of profession to keep pace with the accelerating changes and developments in various fields.
The council discussed a number of subjects regarding economic and developmental issues as well as the mechanisms of the council. The council also discussed ways of promoting the services being provided to citizens.
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