This came in a decision taken by the Council during its twenty-fourth regular session of the first year of the eighth session, which it held today (Monday) – via video call – under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the Shura Council, Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Sheikh.
The Council took its decision after listening to the viewpoint of the Financial Committee presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Saleh Al-Khalili, regarding the proposals and opinions expressed by the members of the Council regarding the annual report (of the Center for Efficiency of Expenditure Achievement in the past), and (the Commission for Efficiency of Expenditure and Government Projects currently) for the fiscal year 1440/1441 AH when it was presented To discuss in a previous session.
In its decision, the Council affirmed that the authority should prepare an integrated strategy for all its work that links priorities with strategic goals and includes identifying current gaps in the efficiency of government spending, unified procurement, the equilibrium program and government projects, and developing initiatives, projects, targets and detailed performance indicators. To fill these gaps within a specified time frame.
The council called on the authority to clarify its role and the role of the General Authority for Local Content and Government Procurement on the executive side of procurement on the one hand, and its role and the role of the Ministry of Finance and the General Accounting Bureau in the supervisory side of procurement on the other hand.
In an additional recommendation submitted by a member of the council, Eng. Ali Ayed Al-Qarni, which the committee took up with, the Shura Council emphasized the authority to develop criteria for measuring the economic and developmental impact of the efficiency of government spending for the five tracks (capital spending, government procurement, empowerment of government agencies, technology and digital transformation, initiatives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. (According to international best practices).
In addition, the Shura Council voted in another decision to approve the recommendations of the report of the Economic and Energy Committee regarding the annual report of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy for the fiscal year 1440/1441 AH, after hearing the committee’s point of view presented by the committee’s chairman, Dr. Faisal Al Fadel, regarding what Observations and opinions of Council members were raised during the discussion of the report in a previous session.
In another decision taken during the session, the Shura Council approved the amendment of Paragraph (b) of Article (one hundred sixty-ninth) of the Sharia pleadings system issued by Royal Decree No. (M / 1) on 1/22/1435 AH.
The Council took its decision after reviewing the report of the Islamic and Judicial Affairs Committee presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Suleiman Al-Fifi, regarding the amendment of the 109th article of the legal pleadings system.
Among the topics on the session’s agenda, the Shura Council discussed a report submitted by the Committee on Transport, Communications and Information Technology, read by the committee’s Chairman, Hazza Al-Qahtani, regarding the postal system project, after the committee completed its study on it and made its recommendation on it.
After that, the Council moved within the agenda of its session to discuss a report submitted by the Economic and Energy Committee, read by the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Faisal Al Fadhel, regarding what was included in the annual report of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (previously) the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority (currently) for the fiscal year 1440/1441 AH After the committee completed its study and made a number of recommendations to it.
According to its report, the committee called the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority to accelerate the development of a strategy for the district cooling sector in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision and its programs on the one hand and in a way that supports and enables the sector on the other hand.
In its recommendations included in the report, the committee called on the authority to govern its roles and responsibilities and to develop mechanisms for its complementary work with the energy sector system, including electricity generation companies, transmission and distribution services. The committee also saw the importance of the authority developing its organizational structure in line with the updated tasks and responsibilities of the authority, and enhancing the efficiency and quality of services provided to beneficiaries. .
After submitting the committee’s report and recommendations regarding the annual report of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (previously) the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority (currently) for discussion, Council member Saad Al-Otaibi called in his intervention, the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority to develop short and long-term plans and programs to respond to the increasing demand for electric power. Due to the growth of the industrial sector, major projects in the pipeline, and the acceleration of the implementation of the energy sector restructuring plan to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
In another intervention, Council member Zahir Al-Shehri called on the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority to work on the technology of a qualitative district cooling system in line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030 in contributing to the promotion of a sustainable economy and modern urban development.
While the council member, Eng. Abbas Hadi, stressed the importance of the role assigned to the authority to determine the electricity tariff, according to specific standards, and stressed the need to take into account not to harm the lower-income users, as this sector affects all members of society.
For her part, a member of the Board, Dr. Samia Bukhari, called in an intervention by the authority to address consumers’ complaints and protect their rights, especially since the percentage of complaints handled in favor of the consumer is still unacceptable, and she also called for a review of electricity tariffs, given the damages resulting from the Corona pandemic, and work to increase the number of female employees and empower The woman, while a member of the Council, Dr. Saad Al-Omari, saw the importance of directing the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority to the concerned authorities to develop urgent plans to expedite the replacement of wind electricity networks within urban areas with ground networks.
In his intervention, Board member Dr. Hisham Al-Faris indicated that dealing with the challenges of the authority requires intensifying reliance on the use of modern knowledge and scientific tools for future forecasting, modeling and simulation, suggesting the use of industrial engineering science and system to create mathematical and computer models to simulate the multi-source energy system, while the council member requested Raeda Abunayyan, the Water and Electricity Regulatory Authority, has developed a clear environmental program, with specific goals and time, to align with the Green Saudi Initiative.
At the end of the discussion, the chairperson of the committee requested that the committee be given an opportunity to study the remarks of the members and their views on the report.