The Saudi Council of Economic and Development Affairs is one of two subcabinets of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was established by King Salman to replace the Supreme Economic Council, and is led by the King Salman’s son and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who holds additional roles such as Defense minister.[1][2]


The fall in oil prices in 2014, coupled with developing security threats led King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to reshuffle the existing cabinet structure and staff. On 29 January 2015, days after assuming the throne, King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered major changes to government including a cabinet reshuffle, via royal decree. He replaced a dozen existing cabinets, or advisory bodies, with two new ones: the Council of Political and Security Affairs, and the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, in order to improve efficiency in the government’s decision-making apparatus.[1][3]

Each year, a meeting is chaired by the crown prince to review and assess the Council’s actions and decisions. Following an inaugural session in February 2015, review sessions were held in February 2016 and 2017: the first included briefs made by the Project Management Office (within CEDA)[4] and the second featured briefs by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources as well as the Minister of Justice, on improving their respective entities’ outputs, to be in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030.[5]

Structure and function

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs aims at establishing the overall governance, the mechanisms and measures necessary to achieve Saudi Vision 2030. The body addresses issues spanning all Saudi domestic affairs, from health, labor, education and Islamic affairs.[6]

The council shall also make decisions on any matter under its jurisdiction that could prevent programs from achieving their goals. Several dedicated committees and management offices have been set up.[7] The council breaks down the roles and responsibilities of the relevant government agencies and mechanisms, including a strategic committee and an office of strategic management.[8]


Council of Economic and Development Affairs
Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud Crown Prince and Prime Minister, President
Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani Minister of justice, Member
Dr. Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member
Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Member
Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan Minister of Finance, Member
Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi Minister of Labor and Social Development, Member
Majed al-Hogail[9] Minister of Housing, Member
Dr. Mohammad Saleh Bin Taher Benten Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Member
Mohammed Altwejri Minister of Economy and Planning, Member
Dr.Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Member
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser Minister of Transport, Member
Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Member
Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al Al Sheikh Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member
Fahad Al-Jalajel Minister of Health, Member
Sulaiman Alhamdan Minister of Civil Service, Member
Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Member
Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh Minister of Education, Member
Turki Al-Shabanah Minister of Media, Member
Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Farhan Minister of Culture, Member
Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member
Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Member
Ghassan bin Abdulrahman Al-Shibl Chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Member
Ahmad bin Aqeel Al-Khatib Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Member
Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al-Ajaji Head of experts commission at the Council of Ministers, Member


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  2. ^ "King Salman Restructures Government". 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ Ahmed Al Omran; Summer Said (29 January 2015). "Saudi King Shuffles Cabinet, But Leaves Oil Minister". Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  4. ^ Shuja Al-Baqmi (3 February 2016). "Council of Economic and Development Affairs Assesses Performance over the Past Year". Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  5. ^ Asharq Al-Awsat (21 February 2017). "Economic Council Reviews How to Benefit More from Mining". Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Council for Economic and Developmental Affairs CEDA". Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Governance Model for Achieving Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030". Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Council of Economic, Development Affairs Adopts Governance Framework related to Realizing Vision 2030". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  9. ^ "New Officials Named for Top Housing, Royal Court Posts | SUSTG". Retrieved 2015-11-23.