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National Plans and Initiatives

In accordance with the royal decree issued on 25/01/1428H (13 February 2007) which assigned the responsibility for regulating medical devices, in vitro diagnostic devices, prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and their solutions to the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA). And the council of ministers decree No. 181 on 03/06/1428H (18 June 2007 ) which gives the SFDA full authority to issue guidance that include rules and procedures of registering medical devices establishments and their products.

In fulfillment of article three of the decree which appointed the SFDA to build a database for all establishments working in the field of medical devices and their products. The SFDA is pleased to launch the Medical Devices National Registry (MDNR) to list all Medical Devices Establishments, manufacturers, agents and suppliers dealing with medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and their solutions and the products they deal with along with their country of origin and any premarket approval they have from other international regulatory authority.

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The royal decree no. (8 / m) of 19/04/1406 directed King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology in its first tasks of its basic system to do “proposing national policy for the development of science and technology, and to develop the strategy and plan for their implementation." This also creates a national trend in the fifth development plans of the (1410-1415 AH), and sixth (1415-1420 AH), which called for the acceleration of the preparation of a comprehensive national plan, and far-reaching for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The following figure shows the targets set for the National Policy for Science and Technology. 

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This national project is led by the most experienced agencies skilled in discovering and nurturing talent and uses a sophisticated scientific approach based on the best educational practices in ensuring the selection of the most deserving candidates.

A massive database of all talented individuals, male and female, of all ages and in all parts of the kingdom, will be established.

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    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.

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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.

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

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.

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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

Cabinet resolution #9, dated 12/1/1421 provided for establishing a Higher Commission for Tourism. The new entity was envisaged as taking charge of national tourism development, boost the role of the sector and mitigate obstacles, so that tourism becomes a primary productive sector that supports the country's economy. Pursuant to the resolution, the Higher Commission for Tourism was established on Safar 1421 - Shaban 1423, in order to develop a national tourism plan comprised of a 20-year development plan and a 5-year action plan as the First Phase of the Master Plan. The comprehensive policy and strategy plan includes a package of new programs and initiatives to promote the integrated and sustainable growth of the industry in Saudi Arabia.

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This is a project to integrate customer services and billing country-wide. Safa integrates the quantity of each customer’s consumption with the customer database. An Oracle product (CC&B Customer Care & Billing) has been selected for use, as it is designed to enhance all customer-related business processes. The project will be unrolled in stages starting with Medina, then spreading to other regions of the Kingdom.

Believing in the necessity of making Saudi law available to researchers and other individuals interested in legal studies, both within the Kingdom and abroad, the Bureau of Experts issued the Saudi Law Compendium, to meet the urgent need for such a resource in the field of Law in general and in legal departments at governmental institutions, in particular.

In 1422H, the Bureau of Experts formed an organizational committee and a technical team and provided the facilities required for the realization of  the idea and the first version of the Saudi Law Compendium was published.  When, several years later, some laws were subject to amendments and new laws were enacted, a new version was issued. We hope that the second version (1430 H), will be as well-received as the first.

The Compendium contains 19 Chapters, each dealing with a specific field and includes a part of the relevant legislation, including laws issued by royal decrees and orders, regulations, legislation and important general rules issued under Council of Ministers resolutions, as well as some regulations that are currently enforced or implemented, although their have not yet been fully approved. 

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