VOL. XLV

No 5

4 February 2002

SAUDI ARABIA

Columnist Criticizes Lack Of Transparency InSaudi Public Finance

In a clear departure from normalpractice in the Saudi press, a columnist has criticized the way in which theSaudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy has been reporting its budgetdeficit in the past years and the lack of transparency in documentingadditional expenditure allocations after the budget figures are first issued.Writing in the Saudi daily, al-Watan, columnist 'Abdal-Nasir...