Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers approves 11 new cultural commissions

Saudi King Salman chairs a Council of Ministers session in Jeddah. (File photo: SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved 11 new cultural commissions, as part of the Kingdom’s plans to enhance and diversify its economy, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The decision, which came during a meeting chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will help promote the country’s cultural sector.

Each body will be responsible for developing a specific sector, which are: the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, the Heritage Commission, the Film Commission, the Visual Arts Commission, the Museums Commission, the Theater and Performing Arts Commission, the Libraries Authority, the Music Commissions, the Architecture and Design Commission, the Fashion Commission and the Culinary Arts Commissions.

The commissions roles and responsibilities include: encouraging investment and funding across the sectors, licensing sector activities, developing educational programs and granting scholarships, cooperating with regional and international cultural organizations, as well as other responsibilities.

The Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud will oversee the different authorities to ensure that the their vision aligns with the Kingdom’s own Vision 2030 plan, a set of reforms aimed at diversifying the country’s economy.

Saudi Arabia has introduced several reforms in recent years, including hosting musical concerts, opening movie theaters, and allowing tourists entry into the country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01