1996 News Story

Council of Ministers meeting

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, chairing the regular weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday, underlined the significance of the nation’s responsibility, shared by all Saudis, to achieve comprehensive development to the standards of advanced countries while protecting the Kingdom’s Islamic and Arab identity.

Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsi reported that King Fahd, making reference to the practical steps adopted by the Kingdom for the progress achieved so far in the sixth five-year development plan, which aims at upgrading the level of Saudi manpower through educational programs that meet the needs of Saudi society, and noting the rapid expansion of facilities for female education in the Kingdom, King Fahd stated that there had been a significant qualitative and quantitative success in this context.  During the current sixth development plan (1995-1999), there will be a total of 166,521 Saudi graduates, including females, from the country’s seven universities, plus the women’s colleges.  King Fahd highlighted the role of these educational institutions in promoting Arab and Islamic culture and thought, as well as developing the nation’s manpower.

Dr. Al-Farsi reported that the cabinet then made a number of decisions, including approval of the twelve wildlife preserves proposed by the board of directors of the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development.