National Plans and Initiatives
The Cabinet approved the 9th Development Plan, for the Period 2010-2014, with an overall budget amounting to SR 1.4 Trillion. The plan has been executed at an important juncture in the Kingdom's development, notably after the significant achievements achieved across the board since the start of the 5-year plans just over 4 years ago. The 9th 5-year plan has required accelerating the march of development to keep up with the enormous changes to development and growth all over the world. The 9th Plan will continue the developmental approach followed by the Kingdom, which blends Government activity, direct planning and individual initiatives adopted by the private sector within its tracks and future vision, as specified by the Kingdom’s long-term strategic planning.
In 1428H, he cabinet approved the grounds and terms of the National Strategy to Protect Integrity and Combat Corruption. The strategy has come to reflect the Kingdom's objectives in dealing comprehensively with such issues. It highlights the importance of protecting integrity and combating corruption in all aspects as a means of protecting Saudi society through emphasis of religious, ethical and educational values.
This requires directing both citizens and residents to observe proper conduct and respect laws and rules to create the appropriate climate for the
success of the strategy. Doing so will help support, develop and reinforce regional and international cooperation. The significant mechanisms
underpinning this strategy are manifest in the establishment of the National Committee for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption.
This is a general framework for directing spatial development across the Kingdom. Prepared by Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in partnership with the UN Development Program, it represents the highest national level of urban planning practices, at the level of national and regional integration. The strategy is intended to specify the theoretical and practical framework for keeping up with the expected increase of population in the country. The strategy focuses on achieving a balanced distribution of the population by attempting to avoid the undesired effect that result from overly-large cities, by utilizing public utilities to address the varying economic basics of the country’s regions.
In order to build necessary capacities and resources to meet the ambitious objectives of (Saudi Arabia 2030 Vision), the National Transition Program has been launched in 24 government agencies of the economic and development sectors during the first year of the program.
The program is designed to develop the government work and establish necessary infrastructure to implement the (2030 Vision) and accommodate all its aspirations and requirements.
The program contains strategic goals associated with periodical objectives up to 2020. An initial stage of initiatives will be launched starting from 2016 in order to achieve those goals and objectives. Subsequent phases will follow that involve other agencies on an annual basis.
The program used innovative methods to identify challenges, avail opportunities, adopt effective planning tools, activate participation of the private sector, implementation, performance evaluation and establishing of periodical objectives for some of the Strategic Objectives of the Vision to ensure a robust base for sustainable government work based on innovative planning, implementation and tracking at the national level. More
The National Strategy for Youth represents a common vision approved by all partners concerned with developing youth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It provides a context for supporting youth priorities during a specified period. Additionally, it represents a general framework for the development of youth that specifies the national objectives, priorities and policies to help the young play a primary role in shaping their own present and future.
Transport and communications are of vital importance to the national economy, facilitating the movement of passengers and goods, both locally and internationally. The sector also plays a pioneering role in pushing the economy forward by providing a set of services for all productive and service sectors, in addition to offering plenty of opportunity for investment.
Royal decree no. 7/B/14560, dated 7/8/1422H was issued imposing the formulation of a committee at the Ministry of Transport that is formed of representatives from the ministries of Defense and Aviation, the Interior, Finance, Agriculture, Water, Industry, Petroleum, Municipal Affairs and Planning in addition to the Saudi Ports Authority.
The Committee has completed preparing a National Strategy for Transport that integrates all the different forms of transport in a manner that connects all residential, agricultural and industrial areas with one another.
The Kingdom takes a free market approach to its trading policy that places no restrictions on individual initiative or the role of the private sector in business and development. Saudi trade policy provides for trade liberation, boosting the role of the private sector, diversification of the economic base, the realization of economic stability, the avoidance of sharp fluctuations, the transfer of technology, the expansion of Economic Offset Programs and ensures economic integration between GCC countries, thus developing and maximizing the country’s commercial relationships. The national economic policy provides for diversification of the economic base by decreasing dependence on the export of crude oil.