Saudi Arabia

King reorganises government, appoints new ministers


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King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has had a busy weekend issuing some 51 royal orders making changes to ministries and other government departments. He has also appointed five new ministers including transport, energy, commerce, health and hajj. Of particular significance is the replacement of Ali al-Naimi as oil minister after 20 years in the role by former health minister Khaled al-Falih into an enlarged Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

The key changes include:

• The cancelation of the Ministry of Water and Electricity

• The name of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to become the Ministry of Commerce and Investment

• The name of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to become the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources

• The name of the Ministry of Agriculture to become the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

• The name of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance to become the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance

• The name of the Ministry of Hajj to become the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

• The integration of the Ministry of Labor with the Ministry of Social Affairs to become one ministry named the Ministry of Labor and Social Development

• The name of the General Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection to become the General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection

• The General Presidency for Youth Welfare to become the General Authority for Sports

• The name of the Public Education Evaluation Commission to become Education Evaluation Commission

The new ministers who have been appointed are:

• Dr. Mohammed Saleh bin Taher Bentin; Minister of Hajj and Umrah

• Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan; Minister of Transport

• Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih; Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources

• Dr. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi; Minister of Commerce and Investment

• Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah; Minister of Health

The official announcement of changes to the government was issued on Saturday as follows:

“Emanating from the keenness of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to continue the march of growth and development which has been adopted by our country since its unification by the founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud and his sons, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has continued this march within the framework of an integrated strategy and in accordance with studied plans that were developed after conducting several specialized studies. The first outcome was the restructuring of the bodies affiliated to the Council of Ministers, the cancellation of several councils, commissions and committees, and the establishment of two councils – one for political and security affairs and the other for economic affairs and development. The two councils have undertaken their duties to serve the interests of the country and citizens.

Based on the above and in line with the Kingdom s Vision (2030), the restructuring of some ministries, authorities and general organizations was conducted in accordance with the requirements of this phase and the desired aspirations to have the state bodies performing their duties in the best way to provide the citizens and expatriates with high level services and to achieve a prosperous future and a sustainable development. This has necessitated the abolition, integration and arrangement of the jurisdiction of many ministries, authorities, public commissions and government departments in order to make the responsibilities clear and facilitate the procedures to provide the best services in line with the state policy. In order to achieve these objectives, a number of royal orders were issued today restructuring some ministries and government bodies and appointing a number of ministers and officials.”

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