Status of U.S.-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation

ID-83-32: Published: May 26, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1983.

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GAO assessed the organization, operations, and activities of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation. Specifically, GAO reviewed: (1) overall U.S. management of the Commission; (2) how effectively projects are being carried out; and (3) what problems exist and what actions are being taken to resolve them.

GAO found that, although activities were being carried out without major problems, projects were not being independently evaluated on an ongoing basis. Further, there is a need to establish more specific goals and objectives to allow for program efficiency. GAO found that the importance of transmitting trade information to U.S. businesses needs to be emphasized because not all site team leaders regard trade information dissemination to be their responsibility. GAO noted that many of the problem areas have already been identified by U.S. and Saudi officials, and efforts have been made to solve them.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Implementationof the recommendation is long-term in nature. It will probably take several years before the responsiveness of actions taken can be assessed.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should direct the U.S. Coordinator to: (1) work with the Saudi Coordinator and establish specific goals, objectives, and milestones for each project including when U.S. federal employees in operational-type positions can be phased out, and when project goals and objectives will be met and projects terminated; and (2) request that the training coordination group determine whether increased incentives, primarily increased compensation, would improve the availability of Saudi trainees and their subsequent retention.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Implementation of the recommendations is long term in nature. It will probaly take several years before the responsiveness of the actions taken can be assessed.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury, to further ongoing efforts to identify and disseminate information on trade opportunities to U.S. firms, should emphasize to implementing agencies the importance of project team leaders' being fully aware of the Joint Commission trade objective.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

 

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