Ministry of Economy and Planning offers Harvard University training to build high-performance capabilities


Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP) staff members participated in an executive two-week education program with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government to accelerate capability-building. The group undertook tailored  economic and fiscal policy teaching at the Ivy League institution.

As part of MEP’s partnership with the Center for International Development (CID), established in 2016, researchers focused on studies in the areas of macroeconomic policy, revenue policy, sustainable development and productive transformation alongside world-renowned academics at the historic campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As part of the scheme, Saudi researchers completed a two-week rotating training program with the CID over four months. They focused on economic planning, public financial management, tax policy, sustainable development, and how to create policies that drive growth, job-creation and productivity. They were also able to deepen engagement with CID’s research team with one-on-one interaction with the faculty, as well as contribute to a number of economic seminars.

HE Faisal F. Alibrahim, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Economy and Planning said, “We continue to build the best in-house capabilities by providing our highly-skilled team with excellent opportunities for learning and development across economic policy and planning” He added, “our close and long-standing partnership with the Center for International Development at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government is a clear demonstration of this unwavering commitment to capability-building.”

This program is part of MEP’s aim to support Saudis and enhance their participation in the job market. It also follows the launch of the ministry’s capability development initiative, which aims to equip the nation’s youth with training and upskilling opportunities across economics, taxation, administration, public policy, and social sciences.