Cabinet approves establishing duty free markets in airports, ports

saudi gazette report

JEDDA — The Cabinet, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, approved the establishment of duty-free markets at airports, seaports and land ports on Tuesday afternoon at Al-Salam Palace here.

The decision of the Council of Ministers allows the sale, in these markets, to passengers arriving and leaving the Kingdom.

At the beginning of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the content of the letter he received from the Chinese president on the bilateral relations connecting the two countries and peoples and the means of developing them in various fields.

The Cabinet then reviewed recent talks and meetings that have taken place between officials in Saudi Arabia and their counterparts in various countries, with the aim of promoting relationships and increasing the effectiveness of collective action through regional and international organizations and groups.

The Cabinet addressed in this regard the contents of Saudi Arabia’s participation in the G20 ministerial meetings, held in Bali, Indonesia, as Saudi Arabia highlighted its efforts to accelerate the growth of the digital economy, technology and innovation, and reduce the digital divide. through initiatives and strategic projects to connect the world.

This is in addition to the great interest that it attaches to education at the local and international level, since education is an important engine of development and a basic right for all.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Minister of State, Cabinet Member for Shoura Council Affairs and acting Minister of Media, Dr. Essam Bin Saad Bin Saeed, said that the Cabinet followed the development of events at the regional and international level, reiterating that Saudi Arabia supports everything that guarantees security and stability in Iraq and preserves its capabilities, achievements and people.

The Cabinet referred to the participation of Saudi Arabia in the Arria meeting held at the headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as it stated that the development of cross-border terrorist threats requires a rapid and comprehensive response from the international community, as they target civilians, vital and civilian facilities, energy supplies, and the stability of the global economy.

The Cabinet viewed Saudi Arabia’s support for the two International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) initiatives to modernize the Seibersdorf Laboratories (ReNuAL2) and for Integrated Action Against Zoonotic Diseases (ZODIAC) as an extension of its continuing contributions to the IAEA’s efforts and initiatives to develop its capabilities in a way that enhances its vital role in harnessing the atom for peace and confirms the Kingdom’s positive stance towards matters related to the use of nuclear energy and technology and its peaceful and secure development.

The Cabinet valued the monitoring of drug promotion and trafficking networks, and the contribution of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC), in coordination with the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, to thwart the smuggling of around 47 million amphetamine pills.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Culture to hold talks with the Indonesian side on a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the cultural field between the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology.

Authorized the president of the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University to hold talks with the Bahraini side on a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of academic, medical, training and research services between the university and the General Command of the Armed Forces Bahrain Defense.

The Cabinet also authorized the president of the University of Jeddah to hold discussions with the Stephen Still Institute for Logistics and Sustainable Transportation at the University at Buffalo in the US regarding a memorandum of understanding on academic cooperation between the university and the institute .

The Cabinet approved an agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of Ghana in the field of air transport services. It also approved a memorandum of understanding for technical cooperation between the Saudi Arabian Human Rights Commission and the Permanent Independent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Authorized the Chairman of the General Audit Court to hold talks with the Tajik side on a draft memorandum of understanding between the General Audit Court of Saudi Arabia and the Accounts Chamber of Tajikistan for cooperation in accounting, supervisory and vocational work , sign and send the final signed copy to proceed with the formal procedures.

The Cabinet approved the regulations of the reconciliation committees in the regions and also approved the minutes of an agreement to establish the Saudi-Thailand Coordination Council and authorized the Foreign Minister, who heads the Saudi side, to sign it.

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