Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ economic reforms helped increase foreign investments in Saudi Arabia to 522 billion rials

Environment forum presents Green Tree to King Abdullah for protecting the environment

Deputy Interior Minister Prince Ahmad hails Crown Prince Sultan’s care for scouts

100 security detainees referred to advice-and-care program, 22 released

Saudi Arabia received a gratitude award Wednesday from the World Bank as an appreciation for its rapid application of economy reform procedures, said a press release issued by Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

The Kingdom became one of the global top 10 countries which applied radical reform procedures to their economies, which was reflected positively in its business performance rank.

It was classified as the best investment environment in the Arab World and the Middle East, and was ranked in the 23rd position out of 178 countries.

This came in the annual meeting arranged in the US by the World Bank Wednesday. The meeting was attended by senior officials in addition to global key personalities specialized in economy and investment.

“Saudi Arabia won this award due to the blessing and the full support of King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Crown Prince Sultan, as they gave direct instructions to implement comprehensive economic reforms leading to more development and modernization of the society, and enhancing the business environment and launching a total-solution program to facilitate local, joint and foreign investments,” said Amr Al-Dabbagh, SAGIA Governor.

“This program reflects the constant approach of the Kingdom toward encouraging private investments, which represent the backbone for economic growth and provide thousands of jobs and expand the economic base and diversify sources of national income, and improve the added value of natural resources,” he said.

Dr. Awad Al-Awad, SAGIA’s Deputy Governor, received the award and gave a brief presentation about the major reform steps taken to enhance investment environment in the Kingdom. He said the increase of investment flow to the Kingdom placed it in the 20th place of the global investment flow destinations, as per the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNTCAD) report.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Environment Forum 2011 currently in progress in Jeddah has presented the gift of 'The Green Tree' to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud in recognition of his efforts in support of environment and its protection and on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the allegiance pledge to the King and his ascension to the throne.

The gift has been received by Prince Turki Ibn Nasser Ibn Abdulaziz, President-General of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment and the Forum's President, which has been handed over to him by Prince Nawaf Ibn Nasser Ibn Abdulaziz, the Executive Director of Saudi Environmental Society and his Deputy Dr. Majedah Abu-Ras on behalf of 1,580 participants in the Forum .

In press statements, the participants in the Forum congratulated the King on the 6th anniversary of his allegiance-pledge, saying that the King has set the best example for his keen interest in the progress of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the prosperity of its people during his prosperous era.

On the other hand, Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, replied to a question on the external threats to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or some GCC states saying that the kingdom always has good will and does not care for any claims or allegations by other parties because 'we seek good and work for it not only for ourselves but also for our neighbors and for our Muslim brethren in general.'

Responding to a question on the number of detainees in Iraq and the extent of cooperation by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and concerned authorities there, he said, 'We do not know in fact the number of detainees. There is some cooperation albeit not at the level we desire. We hope it will improve.'

The Deputy Interior Minister made the remarks to the press after patronizing a school student graduation ceremony in Riyadh this week.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General directed to provide a C 130 airplane to uplift Saudi Arabian Scouts Association's equipment to Sweden, in order to participate in the 22nd world scout camp at Christianstad city in Sweden on 25 August up to 7th September.

This came in the context of the Crown Prince untrammeled support for the Saudi scouts.

In Riyadh, Major General Mansour Al-Turki, the Security Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, said that Prince Mohammed bin Naif Center Advice-and-care-giving Program is the last procedural phase for releasing those in custody at the security authorities finally or conditionally.

In a statement to the Channel I of the Saudi Television, Al-Turki said the Legal Committee will have the right to exempt some of them from taking this dose.

He said the center has so far released four groups after having benefited from the program, adding that about 100 are still pending the completion of the care-and-advice program.

During the first three months of this year, 184 were released, Al-Turki said, adding that out of the four groups, 36 were released in the first group and 22 in the last group.

He concluded that the social specialists of the center continue contacts with the released in what was called post-release care program.