Public Pension Agency Merger Boosts Benefits for Workers in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan. (SPA)
Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan. (SPA)
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Public Pension Agency Merger Boosts Benefits for Workers in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan. (SPA)
Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan. (SPA)

Experts have predicted that the decision to merge Saudi Arabia’s Public Pension Agency (PPA) into the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) will reinforce benefits and programs offered to workers in the Kingdom.

The move is set to boost investment returns, reduce costs and help with their diversification, said Finance Minister and GOSI Chairman Mohammed Al-Jadaan in a statement.

Al-Jadaan said that the Kingdom’s fiscal policy aims to strike a balance between maintaining fiscal sustainability and enhancing economic growth and development, while also supporting economic transformation in line with the national vision for transformation, Kingdom Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabia is moving ahead by striving to increase efficiency and effectiveness within the framework of fiscal discipline, improving the basic services provided to citizens, diversifying government revenue sources and empowering the private sector.

Moreover, Al-Jadaan reviewed the merger as an administrative-organizational process that works to unify the insurance protection umbrella for employees of both the public and private sectors.

It will also contribute to eliminating overlap in similar specializations, achieving optimal utilization of resources, increasing operational and financial efficiency and improving services provided to clients.

This confirms the Saudi leadership’s interest in developing the social insurance sector as one of the key pillars that play an important role in the life of individuals, families and society in general.

Social insurance in the Kingdom reflects a symbiotic system that primarily works to enhance social protection.

“The decision will have a significant positive impact on the economic and social level in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Ibrahim Al-Omar, a Saudi academic and consultancy supervisor, told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“One of the immediate fruits of the merger will be building the largest investment portfolio, amounting to SAR 100 billion ($26.6 billion),” he said, explaining that it will positively impact financial markets in the Kingdom.



Saudi Arabia Ranks 16th in IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2024

Saudi Arabia ranked 16th out of 67 of the world's most competitive countries. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia ranked 16th out of 67 of the world's most competitive countries. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Ranks 16th in IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2024

Saudi Arabia ranked 16th out of 67 of the world's most competitive countries. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia ranked 16th out of 67 of the world's most competitive countries. (SPA)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked 16th out of 67 of the world's most competitive countries, according to this year's Swiss-based Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook.
This annual report offers benchmark services for countries and companies, providing insights into what makes companies competitive; it is prepared by the National Competitiveness Center in collaboration with concerned government agencies, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
This year's ranking reflects a one-position improvement for the Kingdom, driven by advancements in business legislation and infrastructure. This places Saudi Arabia in 4th place among G20 countries.
The business efficiency axis specifically saw progress, moving from the 13th to the 12th rank. While infrastructure remains in its 34th position, the Kingdom continues to be strong in both economic performance and government efficiency, staying within the top 20.
Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the National Competitiveness Center Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi attributed the positive results to the economic transformation process championed by the Kingdom's government under the directives of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.
The economic reforms carried out have propelled the Kingdom to the top three positions in 24 key indicators. Notably, it secured the global top spot in crucial areas like long-term employment growth, social cohesion, long-term labor market growth, awareness about the need for economic and social reforms, cybersecurity, and internet user penetration per thousand residents.
Saudi Arabia secured second place globally in indicators such as digital transformation in companies, stock market capitalization, venture capital availability, technological development and application, and access to financing for technical advancements.
The Kingdom ranks third place globally in several areas, including trade, economic resilience, government adaptability to economic changes, unemployment legislation, and overall early stage entrepreneurial activity.