Saudi Arabia: Fighting Corruption is Crucial for Sustainable Growth of National Economy

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Council of Economic Affairs and Development (SPA)
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Council of Economic Affairs and Development (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Fighting Corruption is Crucial for Sustainable Growth of National Economy

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Council of Economic Affairs and Development (SPA)
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Council of Economic Affairs and Development (SPA)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Chairman of the Council for Economic Affairs and Development, presided a regular meeting of the Economic Affairs Council at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday.

The Council reviewed a series of economic and development issues precisely the recent Royal Decree to establish a supreme committee for the investigation of public corruption and the investigation with several figures.

The council stated that tackling corruption within the rule of law and preventing the waste of public funds was crucial for the sustainable growth of the national economy, and for the fair treatment of all Saudis.

The Council stressed that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was fully committed to protecting the rights of individuals under investigation and would ensure their fair treatment by the justice system.

The Crown Prince instructed the relevant ministers to ensure that national and multinational companies operating inside and outside the Kingdom, including those wholly or partly owned by individuals under investigation, were not disrupted while investigations into corruption were underway

The Council recognized the importance of these companies for the national economy, and the importance of ensuring that investors could operate with confidence in Saudi Arabia.

In related news, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) said late Tuesday the bank accounts of suspects detained in an anti-corruption probe have been frozen.

SAMA issued a statement explaining that the decision to suspend the bank accounts of some individuals was in response to the Attorney General's request pending investigations in their cases, and it is limited to the suspects’ personal bank accounts have been suspended, leaving corporate businesses unaffected and operational. It added that there were no restrictions on money transfers through proper banking channels.

"It is worth clarifying here that concerned individual accounts rather than their corporate businesses have been put in suspension until final court rulings. In other words, corporate businesses remain unaffected. It is business as usual for both banks and corporate," the statement said.



AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
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AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef stressed on Tuesday that the Kingdom has proven its strength in the field of mining, becoming a major global player in the field.

It is forging ahead in developing its mining sector as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy, he said during his participation in a roundtable meeting organized by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo during his official visit to Brazil.

The roundtable was attended by several leading figures in the mineral wealth sector.

AlKhorayef said mining is a global issue that demands international leadership and cooperation given its importance in pushing forward the energy transition across the world.

“The Kingdom recognizes that global mineral production challenges require collective leadership,” he added.

“Our strategy for real progress is rooted in collaboration, and while we maintain our ambitious goals, we focus on forging strong partnerships worldwide,” he stressed.

“Mineral production transcends economic value; it embodies the potential of our country and people. With our rich resources, skilled workforce, and exceptional investment opportunities, the Kingdom is poised for transformative growth,” he went on to say.

Moreover, AlKhorayef highlighted the fourth edition of the International Mining and Resources Conference, set to take place in Riyadh in January, saying it has become the most important platform for discussing opportunities, issues, and solutions in the global mining sector.

The minister said Saudi Arabia’s national industry strategy aims to diversify 12 main sectors and provide job opportunities at over 800 projects that are worth a trillion riyals.

Furthermore, the minister said Saudi Arabia was seeking to “revolutionize the pharmaceutical sector, with a target to localize 80-90% of insulin production and attract top-tier investments in healthcare.”

He highlighted the Kingdom’s wealth of natural resources and human capital, major investment opportunities and modern infrastructure.

AlKhorayef kicked off his visit to Brazil on July 22. He is later set to visit Chile.