Lanka envoy discusses labor issues with labor minister

Updated 24 August 2013
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Lanka envoy discusses labor issues with labor minister

Labor issues topped the agenda at a meeting held this week between Labor Minister Adel Fakeih and Sri Lankan Ambassador V. Krishnamoorthy.
In an interview with Arab News Friday, Krishnamurthy said: “I met with Minister Fakeih to discuss Sri Lanka-Saudi labor relations.”
He said that the amnesty period gives Sri Lankan workers an opportunity to rectify their status in the Kingdom or leave Saudi Arabia gracefully without facing embarrassment.
He also expressed his appreciation to the Ministry of Labor, the Passport Department and the Women’s Welfare Center for their support in the implementation of the amnesty guidelines and coming forward to help many Sri Lankan expatriate workers change their employers or receive exit permits.
Krishnamoorthy said the discussions between them included a range of matters of urgent public importance, such as extension of the amnesty period and the procedures followed by the mission.
He said the Sri Lankan Embassy will take measures to ensure the status of its citizens is rectified before the amnesty period comes to an end “since we have made arrangements to ensure a successful completion of procedures by Sri Lankan nationals well in time.”
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah gave illegal foreign workers a second chance by extending the amnesty period to Nov. 3 for them to gain legal status in the country.
Other points covered in the meeting included future avenues for cooperation between the two countries, as Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia share cordial bilateral relations with a balance of trade in favor of the Kingdom.
In a landmark event, the two countries signed a general agreement on economic, trade, investment, scientific, technical, cultural, youth and sports cooperation a few years ago in Colombo, which opened a new chapter in Saudi-Lanka relations.
Krishnamoorthy said the Embassy was committed to offering quality services and maintain the dignity of the island nation. The Kingdom is an important partner for Sri Lanka by virtue of the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, he said.
The two nations will build on a spirit of cooperation and understanding between their people to enhance trade and commerce, find investment opportunities and develop cultural cooperation, he said.


KSA’s Madinah to host 4-day international conference on ‘humanizing cities’

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman
Updated 24 April 2018
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KSA’s Madinah to host 4-day international conference on ‘humanizing cities’

  • The conference will review global trends in the areas of “humanization of cities” and “living cities
  • The event is being organized by the Development Authority of Madinah

JEDDAH: The First International Conference on Humanizing Cities will take place from May 7 to 10 at Taibah University in Madinah.

The event is being organized by the Development Authority of Madinah, under the patronage of Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah region and chairman of the Development Authority of Madinah.

The conference will review global trends in the areas of “humanization of cities” and “living cities,” looking at modern ways to develop public places, city centers and neighborhoods to improve urban spaces and the quality of urban life, so that cities are more friendly and comfortable places to live.

There will be discussions of the best ways to develop cities, and of the most suitable local and international mechanisms for doing so to most benefit residents. Ways to encourage various sectors and communities to get involved in the initiatives and humanization projects will also be examined.

There will be 20 panel discussions, including presentations, case studies and open debates on the humanization of cities. The participants will include 20 international experts in the planning and development of cities, public areas and open spaces, and 27 distinguished local experts in architecture, design, planning and urban development. The speakers come from 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia, the US, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt and Jordan.

A number of experts and academics will take part, including: Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, a professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Charles Landry, a British planner known for his studies on creative cities; Joel Kotkin; Michael Mahaffey; Khoo Teng Chye, director of the Center for Liveable Cities in Singapore; Michael Sorkin, a professor at Columbia University in New York; Fred Kent, the founder and president of the Public Spaces Project; and Herbert Dreiseitl, director of The Liveable Cities Lab.

The conference will also feature senior officials from the Kingdom and other Gulf countries, and Saudi mayors. Directors of regional and international organizations working in the field will also take part and visit the Development Authority of Madinah to discuss the current state and future of moves to humanize cities.

Speakers will discuss a number of key themes, including the principles and practices of achieving human cities, a review of how best to manage them, and the role of local authorities, highlighting planning and design, and the part played by public areas and open spaces.

Other aspects covered by the conference include the financing and the transformation of cities to make them more suitable for all residents. The integration of environmental sustainability with humanization programs will also be discussed, as will the role of culture and education.

The conference will also present and discuss the experiences gained through the projects and initiatives that are part of the Humanization Madinah project carried out by Madinah Development Authority, which aims to make Madinah an example for the development of modern cities.

The conference is targeted at specialists in ministries and other government agencies and bodies, leaders of local administrations, and employees of non-profit organizations, private-sector institutions, universities and specialized research centers, along with other researchers and individuals interested in the field.