Zero tolerance for corruption: Saudi King

Priorities include focusing on the economy, emphasizing the government’s anti-corruption crackdown, fight against terrorism, push for the private sector, and continuing the reforms process among others.

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Zero tolerance for corruption: Saudi King

RIYADH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman delivered on Wednesday his annual speech outlining his government’s priorities for the coming year.

Priorities include focusing on the economy, emphasizing the government’s anti-corruption crackdown, fight against terrorism, push for the private sector, and continuing the reforms process among others.

“We have decided, with God’s help, to confront corruption with justice and decisiveness so that our country can enjoy the renaissance and development that every citizen aspires for,” the King said, inaugurating the second year of the 7th session of the Shoura Council.

“Thus was our order to form a higher committee for public corruption issues headed by the Crown Prince. We praise Allah that those corrupted are few,” King Salman said.

“And what they have done does not prejudice the integrity of honorable citizens of this country of princes, ministers, businessmen, employees, and workers at all levels, and in their various positions of responsibility in public and private sectors, as well as residents, workers and investors, whom we are proud of and wish them all success.”

He also said Saudi Arabia will work to enable the private sector to become a partner in development.

“We will empower and encourage the private sector to increase its contribution to development,” he added.

“We appreciate the role of the private sector as an important partner in development, its support for the national economy, offering employment opportunities to male and female youths, and localizing the industry.”

In a speech focused on economic issues, King Salman said the Kingdom was pushing ahead with its Vision 2030 economic reforms plan to find new sources of revenue. More info

By Saudi Gazette report

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