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Head of Saudi Vice and Virtue Commission Discusses Administrative Changes | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin al Humayen, the President of the Commission of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the Commission intends to recruit a group of experts as consultants in a number of fields as part of administrative changes that took place recently.

The Commission intends to appoint experts in finance and administration, media figures, specialists in administrative sciences and others in the field of social services to offer advice that the Commission might need to run some of its activities. These experts would be assigned the task of running several departments at the Commission’s presidential office and in fields that the Commission aims to activate.

“We are working to evaluate our role in the media, especially as the Commission’s message has not been promoted in the media. We sense a weakness on the media’s part regarding the Commission’s role. We endeavour to develop cooperation between the Commission and the media and will utilize all means for development without violating religious constants for which the commission was originally established,” said Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin al Humayen.

Sheikh al Humayen added, “The financial consultants we intend to recruit will work on the financial aspects of the Commission such as cutting expenses and monitoring the commission’s financial expenditures.”

This coincides with the establishing of a technological centre at the Commission’s headquarters. The centre will hold criminal files classified as major crimes such as prostitution, the selling of alcohol, and blackmail, in addition to legal files for which rulings have been passed. The technological centre is headed by Sheikh Ibrahim al Ali, the former general manager of administrative development at the Commission. The centre, according to Sheikh Humayen, will supervise the Commission’s electronic services and preserves the databases under secret archive systems that can be retrieved when needed.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin al Humayen also decided to establish a general department for consultants. Dr. Abdul Rahman al Hussein has been appointed as General Manager of this department to be assisted by Dr. Abdul Aziz al Said, Sheikh Ibrahim al Yahya, Sheikh Mohammed al Ghamaas and Sheikh Saad al Motraffi. The General Department for Administrative Development was assigned to Dr. Abdul Majeed al Jalal; the General Department for Planning was assigned to Sheikh Adel al Hassan; and the Budget Department to the former commission spokesman, Ahmed al Jardan. Furthermore, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al Mahmoud was appointed General Manager of the Stock Supervision Department; Prince Sultan Bin Fahd al Farhan was appointed General Manager of the Legal Department; and Abdullah al Omar was appointed General Manager of the Service Department.

Spokesman of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Dr. Abdul Mohsin al Qafarri, considered these administrative changes part of a comprehensive development plan that proposes to create a quality leap in the commission’s operations and its administrative and field applications. Al Qafarri highlighted the importance of the steps taken over the past few weeks and the significance of the accompanying procedures on the course of development in the administration and on the ground, which will soon witness specialized resolutions for the improvement of the quality of work.

Meanwhile, the commission enrolled over 5000 employees, a large portion of which will be working on the ground as part of distance-learning training sessions. These sessions help employees acquire a number of skills required in interacting with the public.