The Shura Council, in its thirty-first regular session of the work of the third year of the eighth session, which was held yesterday, headed by the Vice-President of the Council, Dr. Mishaal Al-Salami, agreed to amend some articles of the social insurance system; Returned to the Council for study in accordance with Article (17) of its system.
During its session, the Council also took a decision requesting the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, in coordination with the competent authorities (Ministry of Finance and the National Center for Public Debt Management) to finance the implementation of rehabilitation and replacement projects for its facilities and assets, and to address the faltering and delay in the implementation of basic equipment projects in its cities through the issuance of government bonds for that. .
The Council voted on this recommendation after reviewing a substantive amendment in its regard based on an additional recommendation made by Council member Osama Al-Rabiah, the content of which was adopted by the Committee.
The Council made its decision after listening to the point of view of the Hajj, Housing and Services Committee presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Muhammad Al-Mazyad, regarding the members’ remarks and opinions they expressed regarding the annual report of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu for the fiscal year 1443/1444 AH, after it was discussed under the dome of the Council in a previous session.
In its decision, the Council called on the Authority to coordinate with the relevant authorities to extend pipelines to transport crude oil from Yanbu Industrial City to Jazan City for Basic and Transformational Industries, and from there to neighboring regions to transport petrochemical derivatives, in order to increase petrochemical industries and strengthen Jazan Refinery to reach its maximum production capabilities.
The Council called on the Authority to increase the activation of the Jazan Industrial Port, and to benefit from its strategic location and other comparative advantages, to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision (2030).
As part of its decision, the Council demanded the Authority to provide more incentives to increase the volume of industrial investments in Yanbu Industrial City, in proportion to the volume of spending on infrastructure there.
Developing foreign trade mechanisms
The Shura Council called on the General Authority for Foreign Trade to coordinate with the authorities concerned with foreign trade to develop digital communication mechanisms and automate their operations with the target groups, in order to achieve effective governance of the digital infrastructure.
The Council took its decision after listening to a report submitted by the Trade and Investment Committee, which was read by the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Fahd Al-Tekhaifi, regarding what was included in the annual report of the General Authority for Foreign Trade for the fiscal year 1443/1444 AH, after the committee completed the study of the annual report of the Authority and made a number of recommendations on it. The Committee is aware of the interventions received from the members of the Council regarding the report.
In his decision, he called on the Authority to coordinate with the relevant authorities to develop the governance of the roles and responsibilities of those authorities in activating intra-trade between the Gulf Cooperation Council countries within the areas of the Gulf common market, in a manner that guarantees business sustainability and Gulf economic integration.
Saudi councils in African countries
The Council requested the General Authority for Foreign Trade to conduct a study to develop its performance in planning and implementation, the extent of the impact of factors (external and internal) on performance, and to develop the necessary solutions for the industry of excellence in the foreign trade system, and the mechanisms for implementing and following up the study’s outputs.
In its decision, the council demanded the authority to expand the opening of commercial attachments in the African continent and to establish joint Saudi business councils with African countries (non-Arab and Islamic), to enhance the volume of intra-trade and the penetration of Saudi exports to the markets of those countries, which is an additional recommendation made by a member of the Shura Council, Dr. The Commission.
In another decision, the Shura Council approved recommendations made by the Islamic Affairs Committee during the session, which was read by the committee’s chairman, Dr. Ali Al-Shahrani, regarding what was included in the annual report of the Enrollment and Liquidation Center for the fiscal year 1443/1444 AH, as it demanded in its decision the Enrollment and Liquidation Center to increase media awareness of its initiatives and tasks. , his competencies, and his achievements.
The Council called on the center to improve the first indicator of the two main performance indicators of the center, “the average number of liquidation days.”
In its decision, the Board called on the Center to work on completing the review and development of its organizational structure, in line with the volume of the Center’s work and the tasks and responsibilities entrusted to it, and in a manner that guarantees its operational efficiency.
Create special routes for trucks
During the session, the Council discussed the annual report of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services for the fiscal year 1443/1444 AH, after listening to a report from the Transport, Communications and Information Technology Committee, which was read by the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Mutaib Al-Mutairi, after studying the annual report of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services.
After presenting the committee’s report for discussion, the members of the council expressed a number of observations and opinions, as the member of the council, Dr. Samia Bukhari, indicated in her intervention that accidents of vehicles falling from high areas and accidents of camels are still recurring, and the loss of life is no longer acceptable, calling on the ministry to quickly take the necessary precautionary measures to reduce of loss of life.
In turn, Council member Muhammad Al-Mazyad stressed the importance of the ministry studying the idea of establishing special roads for trucks along the highways between the regions, similar to what is practiced in some countries, while Council member Dr. Turki bin Mashhoor Al-Anzi called on the ministry, in coordination with the relevant authorities, to study the possibility of benefiting from The use of drones in the logistics services of some sectors such as the health sector and the postal sector, and the regulation of the legislative framework for their safe and effective use.
Completion of the land bridge project
During his intervention, Council member Fadl Al-Buainain demanded that the ministry quickly complete the land bridge project and implement the Jubail-Qassim road due to its strategic importance, and open the way for international companies to implement projects and maintenance operations. To ensure the quality of road projects and the implementation of smart electronic scales capable of measuring the weight of the truck during its movement.
In his intervention during the session, Council member Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif called on the Ministry of Transport to reorganize and control the entry of trucks to cities at the times specified by the competent authorities, so that their entry would be in batches and in specific numbers commensurate with the capacity of roads and traffic density.
At the end of the discussion, the committee requested that it be given more time to study the opinions and proposals put forward by the members and return its view to the council at a later session.
After that, the Council discussed the annual report of the National Center for Palms and Dates for the fiscal year 1443/1444 AH, after listening to a report submitted to the Council by the Water, Agriculture and Environment Committee, which was read by the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Khaled Zubair.
After the discussion ended, the committee asked to give it more time and return its view to the council at a later session.
Use of treated water
During the session, the Council discussed another report that included the annual report of the Public Irrigation Corporation for the fiscal year 1443/1444 AH, after listening to a report submitted to the Council by the Water, Agriculture and Environment Committee, which was read by the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Khaled Zubair, regarding the recommendations it contained after studying the annual report. for the institution.
After the committee’s report and its recommendations were presented for discussion, the members of the council expressed a number of observations and opinions. The member of the Shura Council, Eng. Mufreh Al-Zahrani, stressed in his intervention during the discussion of the report the importance of benefiting from treated water in the Saudi Green Initiative project, and a model for afforestation can be applied in one of the stations, which leads to improvement environment, eliminating pollution, and applying the model to all regions.
A member of the Shura Council, Eng. Muhammad Al-Ali, called on the institution to set indicators of work and achievements in each region of the Kingdom to follow up on the development of work in it, identify the shortage and the necessary support for it, and coordinate with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture to ensure the quality of renewable water delivered to the beneficiaries. At the end of the discussion, the committee requested that it be given more time to study the opinions and proposals put forward by the members and return its view to the council at a later session.