Exclusive: Abdulaziz bin Turki: Saudi General Sport Authority Undergoing Restructuring

Mar 9, 2018 
London – Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal has said that “the latest steps taken by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 are visible.”

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the sidelines of a UK forum, Prince Abdulaziz said that “the sports sector is witnessing changes pivoted on the economic sports sector.”

“We are currently studying the governance of sports economy and the role of the General Sport Authority in granting licenses, means and regulations to any concerned private sector party.”

Faisal added that the government seeks to facilitate the process of entering the Saudi sports sector, whether it is for investment reasons or for building academies or for developing athletes.

He pointed out that this will lead to the restructuring of the General Sport Authority.

He added that the Crown Prince’s historic visit to the UK opens the way for the General Sport Authority to learn and benefit from experiences existing in Britain (in both public and private sectors).

As for Saudi Arabia hosting the Olympics one day, Faisal said: “Why not?”

“We are restructuring the Olympic Committee, and one of the most important conditions is to increase the number of Saudis in international sporting events.”

“We are still at the beginning of the road, but we aspire towards reaching that goal.”

More so, the Saudi General Sport Authority signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding with the PGA European Tour in cooperation with King Abdullah Economic City.

The European Tour is an organization which operates the three leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe.

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Mohammed Al-Jadaan

Mar 1, 2018

Mohammed Al-Jadaan (Arabicمحمد بن عبد الله الجدعان‎; born 1963) is a commercial lawyer and co-founder of Al-Jadaan and Partners Law Firm who has served as Saudi Arabia‘s Minister of Finance since November 2016.[1] He replaced Ibrahim Al-Assaf who was appointed to the post in 1996.[2]

From January 2015 until his recent appointment, he was the chairman of Capital Markets Authority where he oversaw the opening of the Tadawul Stock Exchange and the loosening of Saudi’s regulatory framework to foreign investors.[3] He has also previously served as a Special Adviser to the board of Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia.[2]

He is a close ally of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and an advocate of Vision 2030.[4]

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud cancelled his participation in the 2017 G20 Hamburg summit and sent Al-Jadaan instead.[5]

 

Mohammed Al-Jadaan
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
November 2016
Preceded by Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
Personal details
Born Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan

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Abdullah Alswaha_Wikipedia

Mar 1, 2018 

Abdullah bin Amer Alswaha (Arabic: عبدالله بن عامر السواحه) is the current Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Saudi Arabia. His ministry is responsible for developing Saudi Arabia’s ICT infrastructure and workforce as part of the country’s Vision 2030 programme. He was previously managing director of Cisco Saudi Arabia.

Education and early career

Abdullah Alswaha studied first at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in RiyadhSaudi Arabia, where he graduated with a degree in computer science and communications engineering, and then at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he gained a degree in computer science. He went on to complete the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.[1]

Alswaha began his career in 2005 at Cisco Saudi Arabia, becoming director of operations and overseeing the development of the company’s systems engineering, public sector, commercial, service provider and channel operations. In May 2016, he was appointed managing director.[1]

Minister of Communications and Information Technology

In April 2017, Abdullah Alswaha replaced Dr Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suweil as the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology.[2] His ministry’s primary role is to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s ICT infrastructure as part of the country’s Vision 2030 programme, including a commitment to increase broadband coverage to 70% in rural areas. It is also responsible for initiatives to train more Saudi nationals in specialist roles within the ICT sector.[3]

At the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh in October 2017, Alswaha announced a partnership between his ministry, the philanthropic organisation MiSK, and the Mohammed bin Salman College for Business and Entrepreneurship to put young local entrepreneurs and start-ups through a one-year training programme with big tech partners from the US and Europe.[4] The same month he announced that Saudi Post, the government-operated postal system, would enter a five-year ‘corporatization phase’ before full privatization.[5]

He has previously affirmed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to business-friendly policy and has called for greater empowerment of women in the kingdom as part of the push to modernize its economy and workforce.[6][7][8]

At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2018 Alswaha outlined Saudi Arabia’s digital vision, announcing spending of $3 billion to roll out a nationwide 5G network and connect two million homes with high speed fiber optic.[9]

Other positions

Other positions held by Abdullah Alswaha include board member of the Technology Advisory Board at Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd University (PMU) and founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Incubator, which supports entrepreneurs to develop solutions in the fields of healthcare and education. In addition to his ministerial post, he’s the chairman of the ICT Commission CITC. Chairman of Saudi Post. Head of the National Executive Digitization Committee as well as many boardmemberships.[1][10]

 

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Newly Appointed Princes, Ministers Swear In Before the King

Riyadh – Newly appointed princes and ministers were sworn in before the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz at al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh.

They included Prince Hossam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Baha region; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saad bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Hail region; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Northern Borders region; Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Asir region; Prince Saud bin Khalid bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Madinah region; Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Jazan region; Prince Mohammed bin Abdurrahman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh region; Prince Ahmad bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Eastern region; Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Qassim region; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Makkah region and Prince Turki bin Hazloul bin Abdulaziz Deputy Governor of Najran region.

They recited the oath: “I swear by Allah Almighty to be loyal to my religion, King and homeland; not to divulge a secret of the State’s secrets, maintain its interests and regulations at home and abroad, and perform my missions with honesty, sincerity and loyalty”.

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz who was appointed as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States of America was also sworn in.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Engineer Abdullah bin Amer al-Sawahah and Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh al-Awwad were sworn in before the King.

The princes and ministers greeted the King and listened to his directives.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to Minister of Interior, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Musaed bin Mohammed al-Aiban, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz al-Assaf, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir.

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