Saudi Arabia Current Affairs - 2019
Category Wise PDF Compilations available at This Link
India and Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defense cooperation for greater exchange of information and training in New Delhi. The agreement was signed by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Bin Obaid Madani and India’s Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh.
- The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the area of radio and television, as also in fields of media coverage and training, besides agreeing to activate the agreement signed between Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the Press Trust of India (PTI).
- The pacts were signed in the presence of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mr. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was on a three-day visit to India. (Mr. Al Saud is also Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister).
- Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest partner with bilateral trade of over $43 billion in 2012-13. Saudi Arabia is also India’s largest crude oil supplier accounting for about 20% of total imports in 2012-13.
Note:Saudi Arabia is the 6th largest market in the world for Indian exports and is destination of more than 4.08 percent of India’s global exports.
As per new comparative study by Accenture, India ranked eighth in the list of ten countries in terms of digital governance. Singapore topped the list, followed by Norway and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As indicated in the report, high-performing digital governments are focusing on their digital strategy, continuing long-term investment in key information and communication technology (ICT) assets and leveraging the power of new technologies viz. social media, mobility, analytics, big data, cloud computing, etc. These countries are also connected across agency boundaries and have a strong culture of collaboration and data sharing.
- Countries where survey conducted by Acenture: Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States. (Gave a cumulative score from one to 10).
- Parameters that are taken into account to measure the countries digital governance: Citizen Service Delivery Experience, Citizen Satisfaction and Service Maturity.
- Citizens’ perception of digital government in the survey: 81% – would like their government to provide more services through digital channels and 64%- would like to use social media to engage with government.
Note: Digital governance means to offer online portals to access public services to employing digital channels and social media to communicate and engage with citizens.