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    27 initiatives approved to enhance religious moderation in Saudi Arabia

    A government-backed workshop has approved 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance in Saudi Arabia, Arab Newsreported.

    The “mithaq” initiative was inaugurated by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al Faisal. It is considered to be the first of its kind to be held at the holy city.
    This included three workshops which revolved around creating initiatives in moderation and tolerance, using technology in crowd control – engineering solutions for enhancing security control and pertaining to media and the global mission of Holy mosques.
    The workshops attracted many scholars, academicians, media personalities, university professors to discuss initiatives for enhancing tolerance and moderation in the kingdom.
    This pact is an interpretation of directives given by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
    The exhibition was toured by Prince Faisal who praised the efforts of each department in the service of pilgrims and visitors. He even received the book on “following the steps of the role model from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.“Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030” was adopted as a methodology and roadmap for economic and developmental action in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In its aim to grant the Kingdom a leading position in all fields, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 sought to identify the general directions, policies, goals, and objectives of the Kingdom.
    Accordingly, some ministries, institutions, and government entities underwent a restructuring process to align them to the requirements of this phase. This would enable them to perform their tasks, and expand their competencies. Ultimately, this will enhance the level and quality of services provided to beneficiaries; and achieve a prosperous future and sustainable development. The Council of Ministers has tasked the Council of Economic and Development Affairs with establishing and monitoring the mechanisms and measures necessary for the implementation of “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030”. 
    “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030” encompasses—in a number of domains—strategic objectives, targets, outcome-oriented indicators, and commitments that are to be achieved by the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Council of Economic and Development Affairs has established an effective and integrated governance model. This model aims to translate the Vision into various implementation programs that will accomplish its goals and directions. Such programs will rely on new operating models customized to the requirements of each program, as well as the common national goals related to the Vision. The programs will be launched successively, according to the requirements of “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030”.
    To this end, the Council established a number of bodies that will enable and support the launching, monitoring, and evaluation of these programs, as well as the release of new programs in the future. These bodies include the National Center for Performance Measurement, the Delivery Unit, and the Project Management Office of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.
    The Vision’s governance model promotes efficient planning within government agencies and boosts coordination among them in order to achieve common national goals. It also guarantees speedy completion of projects and initiatives and achieves sustainable action and impact through regular implementation reviews and performance evaluations. 
    In order to build the institutional capacity and capabilities needed to achieve the ambitious goals of “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030”, the National Transformation Program 2020 was launched across 24 government bodies operating in the economic and development sectors in its first year. It is notable that the program’s strategic objectives are linked to interim targets for the year 2020. Furthermore, the first phase of initiative implementation will be launched in 2016 and will be followed every year by phases involving more public bodies.
    The program uses innovative methods to identify challenges, seize opportunities, adopt effective planning tools, activate the role of the private sector, bring about implementation, and evaluate performances. It has also determined the interim targets for some of the Vision’s strategic objectives to ensure the establishment of a solid foundation for government action and the continuity of innovative planning, implementation, and follow-up methods on the national level.
    This document describes the identity, general principles, outcomes, and expected impact of the National Transformation Program in section 1. Section 2 lists down the strategic objectives, key performance targets and benchmarks of the government bodies involved in the program and link them to the strategic objectives of “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.” Finally in the appendix, the document lists the initiatives to be undertaken by the government bodies involved.
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