Foreign missions disappointed at slow deportation process

Updated 26 June 2013
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Foreign missions disappointed at slow deportation process

Countries sending housemaids to the Kingdom were disappointed at the rate in which exit visas are being stamped at the Deportation Center in Riyadh.
Some 10,000 housemaids, with emergency certificates are struggling to get their exit visas stamped at the immigration counter in the Deportation Center’s women section, describing the output at the counters as very slow. Countries that are affected by the bureaucratic delay include Indonesia, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
A spokesman from one of these Asian embassies told Arab News yesterday that they have issued some 1,500 emergency certificates but so far obtained only 300 exit visas stamped from the authorities.
“We are worried that we won’t be able to meet the deadline due to the delay on the part of the authorities,” he said, pointing out that the mission was able to obtain only six exit visas for maids. “How can we move on at this rate?” he asked.
There is only one computer at the Deportation Center to process the exit visas, said another envoy.
“They work from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on working days, how many exit visas can be stamped in a day?” he asked. Another common complaint made by the mission is that the deportation authorities are demanding their original iqamas and passports from the stranded women, who do not have any proper documents except for the emergency certificates issued by the embassies.
Most of the runaway maids do not possess their iqamas and passports. Their missions have issued emergency certificate following extensive investigations to ascertain their citizenship and the nature of work done by the domestic aides.
In Jeddah, the paperwork of housemaids is being processed in a smooth manner, an official from an Asian consulate said. However, he said that the deportation authorities accept male workers from Jeddah only and others from Riyadh and Dammam have been requested to go to their places of origin.
Another problem that has arisen in the port city is the non-acceptance of hand-written passports for the transfer of sponsorships.
However, some diplomatic missions only issue this kind of passport to stranded workers. Immigration authorities in other parts of the Kingdom have no problem accepting manual passports.
Meanwhile, two officials from the Saudi Human Rights Commission, who visited an Asian embassy in Jeddah, have asserted that they are in favor of an extension of the amnesty deadline. However, they have suggested that such an extension needs to be reinforced with an increase in the number of government services and facilities, including more computers, counters and additional staff.
One mission, which has more than 10,000 workers, has only received the documents of 2,000 workers processed with eight working days to go.


Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Zamil, chairman, Gulf International Bank (GIB) Saudi Arabia

Updated 33 min 26 sec ago
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Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Zamil, chairman, Gulf International Bank (GIB) Saudi Arabia

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Zamil is the new chairman of the board of directors of Gulf International Bank (GIB) Saudi Arabia. He was appointed on March 31, 2019.

Al-Zamil has extensive experience in the private sector. He served as the CEO and a board member of Al-Zamil Group, where he began his professional career in 1987, and was promoted to his latest position as CEO in 2009. 

He began as an industrial engineer at Zamil Air Conditioners and subsequently became vice president for sales and marketing and purchasing and materials management. He served as senior vice president and COO of Zamil Industrial Investment Co.

He was awarded his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, US in 1987. In 1992, he obtained his MBA in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Zamil is a board member of several regional companies, including the General Authority of Civil Aviation, VIVA Bahrain, the Human Resources Development Fund, Gulf International Bank in the UK, and Zamil Steel Industries in Egypt, Vietnam and India. 

He is also the chairman of the board of directors of Saudi Global Ports, LLC (SGP). 

GIB announced on Sunday that it has successfully completed the conversion of its existing branches in Saudi Arabia to a locally incorporated bank.

This makes GIB the first foreign bank in the Kingdom to be locally incorporated. 

“The establishment of GIB Saudi Arabia is an important milestone in the implementation of the bank’s strategy, which remains focused on the expansion of its service offering and position as a leading digital bank and is expected to contribute positively to enhanced performance and profitability,” Al-Zamil said. 

He said that the public investment fund’s contribution and partnership with GIB will enable the bank to accelerate the growth of its operations and customer base in the Kingdom as well as in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.