Saudi Arabia has announced a budget that projects total expenditure in 2013 of SR820 billion ($219 billion) and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has warned that there must be no excuses for negligence. In his speech to ministers and officials at the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers convened to approve the state budget for fiscal year 1434/1435H, he said: “I say that there is no excuse for any negligence as of today. You have to know that you are also responsible before Allah Almighty and then before me for any negligence that harms the strategy of the State. Every minister or official should go to the media and explain in detail about his sector.”
The King said: “Our duty and responsibility have impelled us to look to the future to make a balance between the requirements of the current generation and future generations. This will be implemented through rational usage of the State’s resources together with the huge reserves saved over the past years.”
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King Abdullah pointed out that the SR820 billion expenditure in the budget represents the continuation of spending on programs and projects for the development and progress of the country, providing more job opportunities for citizens and improving the services provided to them. “Manpower development and investment in human resources are the basis for overall development.
So SR204 billion has been allocated for the public education sector, higher education, manpower training and for improving the educational environment, in line with modern requirements, through the establishment of new schools and training centers, universities and specialized colleges,” he said.