King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

King Salman receives senior officials from various anti-corruption agencies at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 12 February 2019
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King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

  • The king stressed the need for fighting graft

RIYADH: Senior officials from different government monitoring and anti-corruption agencies called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. 

The king stressed the need for fighting graft and the importance of the role of these government bodies in this regard.

The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Dr. Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, the chairman of the Control and Investigation Board, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Hussain, and the chief of the General Auditing Bureau, Dr. Hossam bin Abdulmohsen Al-Anqari, attended the meeting.

While chairing the weekly Cabinet session, King Salman last week reiterated the Kingdom’s resolve to combat corruption.

Law enforcement and auditing bodies should strengthen their roles so that they can protect and preserve public funds, he added. The king thanked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee, for his efforts and keenness.

King Salman also thanked the committee’s staff and working teams for completing the tasks assigned to them. The Cabinet also vowed to continue to fight corruption and punish those responsible.


Saudi ministry’s priority access plan ‘helps thousands’

The initiative is one of a set of programs launched by the ministry to improve social services. (SPA)
Updated 1 min 42 sec ago
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Saudi ministry’s priority access plan ‘helps thousands’

  • The initiative is one of a set of programs launched by the ministry to improve social services

RIYADH: More than 3,000 Saudis have benefitted from a pioneering initiative launched last week to give people with special needs improved access to government services and departments.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s “Priority for Them” initiative focuses on four segments of society — the elderly, disabled, pregnant women and new mothers — giving them priority in waiting areas and queues to ensure better service.
The community awareness initiative, which kicked off on Wednesday, under the slogan “You are more worthy … Your well-being is our duty,” has helped thousands of people with special needs, according to Youssef bin Musafir Al-Sayali, the ministry’s director in Riyadh.
A mobile platform supervised by 15 ministry employees and volunteers from the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) introduced sites that included King Khalid International Airport, King Saud Medical City hospital and Al-Makan Mall.
The initiative is one of a set of programs launched by the ministry to improve social services. According to the General Authority of Statistics in 2018, the plans could provide more than 5 million Saudi people with a fast track to essential services.