Cabinet Holds Session and Reviews Several Issues via Virtual Network

Tuesday 1441/8/14 - 2020/04/07
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Riyadh, April 07, 2020, SPA -- The Cabinet held today via the virtual network a session and was briefed on the telephone calls made between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; President Kais Saied of the Republic of Tunisia, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy. The phone conversations dealt with the latest developments in the world due to outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in addition to the international efforts to curb and limit its spread.
The Cabinet lauded the Royal Order aiming to support the private sector, particularly the small and medium enterprises as well as economic activities most affected by the implications of the global pandemic, including a payment of monthly financial compensation for more than (one million and two hundred thousand) citizens working in the affected enterprises, for a period of three months, with a support of SR9 billion. This support reflects the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' keenness to mitigate the social and economic impacts of the pandemic and to take measures that safeguard the safety of the citizen and the resident.
The Cabinet appreciated SR120 billion initiatives to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, including SR70 billion initiatives approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to provide a financial liquidity to the private sector in order to achieve its role in the economy. Among the initiatives, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) announced preparing a SR 50 billion program to support banks, financing companies as well as small and medium enterprises in order to confront risks of pandemic and mitigate its impact on the national economy.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Acting Minister of Media Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi disclosed that the Cabinet appreciated the leadership's utmost keenness to provide support for the great financial needs to confront this pandemic in addition to approval of the budgets submitted by the Ministry of Health. In this regard, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has approved SR7 billion additional allocation submitted by HRH the Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister following his chairmanship of a meeting held via virtual network, bringing the total amount of the financial support since the beginning of the COVID-19 spread to SR15 billion for the Ministry of Health. This royal approval aims to raise the health sector's readiness to secure medicines, operate additional beds, provide medical equipment and health supplies, such as ventilators and exploratory testing devices and samples, as well as secure the necessary medical and technical cadres from inside the country and abroad. In addition, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has approved and allocated an amount of SR32 billion to the end of the fiscal year for the Ministry of Health.
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