Saudi Press Roundup


Saudi Press Roundup

Arab-Islamic dignity restored

The operation “Decisive Storm” was launched to deter deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Iranian-backed Houthis from wreaking havoc in Yemen.
When Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman realized what Saleh and the Houthi militias were planning, he ordered the start of the operation to deter their “master,” namely the “Republic of the Great Satan” who sent them to fight us on its behalf.
When he saw the “Republic of the Great Satan” shifted the war to the other side to fight us by the so-called “popular masses” of Iraq, who betrayed their religion and country and amassed their army near our northern borders, our leader took effective decisions to counter all kinds of threats.
Accordingly, King Salman called for the military exercise “North Thunder,” which received tremendous response from the Arab and Muslim countries.
The role of the “North Thunder” is not yet over but we are still harvesting the result. The visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to the region, attempts of the Persian leaders to start negotiations and the (partial) withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria are all the result of the recently concluded military exercise.
All these cheerful results and rejoices were brought about thanks to Allah and the firmness and wisdom of the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques King Salman.
The Operation “Decisive Storm” and military exercise “North Thunder” have restored the dignity of the Arab and Muslim countries after a long time.

— By Sair Al-Munai

Construction sector

Qualification of the contracting and maintenance sector for the up-coming stage requires reconsideration of work methods of the companies to cope with the latest developments.
There is a tremendous gap between the development requirements and the number of qualified contractors, a matter that calls for finding means on how to stimulate contractors to discover opportunities.
Further, regulatory issues have to be reconsidered to devise supportive regulations to the contracting sector. On the other hand, the contracting sector needs an exceptional vision in connection with the provision of workforce, in coordination with the Ministry of Labor or other related agencies.
It is known that the contracting and maintenance operations require qualified and well-prepared labor on continuous basis and, therefore, it becomes imperative to think over realistic options to keep work uninterrupted without any shortage of workforce.
Majority of the workforce in the contacting sector is foreign in the light of unavailability of Saudi citizens who show unwillingness to engage in construction works in all weather conditions.
The contracting sector should be developed by providing it with national cadres in administrative, supervisory and control operations while the construction works be assigned to foreign manpower but still opening the door to national cadres who are willing to work in this area.

— By Said Al-Hajri

Role of military industries

We have repeatedly said that technology cannot be localized by merely entering into partnership with foreign companies if they are exclusively controlling the artistic production in the absence of a plan to train Saudis.
In this case, we can talk about the “technology transfer” and not “localization.”
“Localization,” simply means the ability of Saudi national cadres, firms to run, implement and innovate in the field of technology in collaboration with universities, and research centers so that the Kingdom becomes a home for technology.
Since foreign companies are keen to hide technology, they are hesitant to allow Saudis access to their technical plans or even have them trained. Now hope is pinned on the military industries, which, according to specific programs, are set to localize technology in cooperation with the advanced (foreign) companies, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), universities, and research centers.
The military industries can attract refined Saudis who care for research and innovation and who could lead the technical localization drive, especially in certain vital areas such as spare part of military and civilian aircraft, tanks, water desalination, which could be localized.
If we read the history of the United States, we will find that the “Pentagon” had a leading role in the development of technology and research in both military and civilian fields.

— By Abdullah Al-Jiaithin

Quality and our local industries

A few years ago, I was one of the staunch supporters of the national industry as an ethical and national duty on condition that its quality be reasonably equivalent to the quality of foreign products.
However, it is not acceptable to plunder citizens of their money by luring them to buy poor quality goods. I used to buy locally made car batteries but I found that once the guarantee period expired, I was forced to change it with a new one for more than one time and, accordingly, I swore not to buy a battery unless it was a Japanese or Korean made.
The same story occurred when I bought a Saudi-made exhaust fan for my water closet. What is the secret behind that? Is it a tendency of an investor to make easy money? It seems he wants to sell at any price as quickly as possible to get returns on his investments.
By so doing, the investor is distorting himself and products because the customer will, eventually, discover the poor quality of the products and turn to other (foreign) products.
The relevant authorities should seriously look into the matter and take necessary steps to ensure quality control in the Kingdom so as to boost the industrialization process.

— By Salem bin Ahmed Sabah

Saudization needs a boost

Following the decision of complete Saudization of mobile sector, relevant authorities have announced their plans to organize free training courses for those desiring to replace foreigners in the sector.
The number of those registered in the courses in the first few days exceeded 33,000 youths and the figures are poised to increase by the end of the registration period.
Although the decision is still in the early stage, but the turnout of the trainees gives an impression, at least initially, of the keenness of the trainees to search for job opportunities and their preparedness to take up jobs.
On the other hand, general and higher education, commercial, technical and vocational training institutions were blamed for not preparing young Saudis to cover the largest portions of middle and higher posts in the private sector.
The universities did not try to increase the required specialties according to the needs of the labor market. Therefore, studies on job requirements and labor market should be done in a comprehensive way so that educational outputs be tailored to cope with the Kingdom’s developmental needs and to make education and curriculum capable of measuring the student’s desire and his interests.

— By Thamir bin Fahad Al-Said

Countering propaganda

Following reports about the liberation of Taiz, Yemenis heaved a huge sigh of relief. The only people upset over this development must be former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi rebels.
General soldiers (fighters) of the deposed president and Houthi militia are covertly wishing for this crisis to end.
Everybody knows that the delay in liberation of Taiz and Sanaa was not a failure but, rather, meant to avoid bloodshed in the two cities. In these historic moments, we have to remember that the operation “Decisive Storm” was imposed on us because we were misled for years by plots and tricks of the deposed president and Houthis.
Additionally, we have to remember that opponents of the Kingdom will devise political and media plans to disseminate wrong information about the operation and about the Kingdom.
Therefore, we should chalk out political and media plans at the regional and international levels to counter such propaganda campaigns off such tarnishing campaigns.

— By Mohammed Marouf Al-Shaibani
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