Saudi female engineers enter labor market

Updated 08 November 2013

Saudi female engineers enter labor market

The private sector is beginning to attract the first generation of Saudi female engineers who have graduated from various engineering faculties within the Program of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Scholarship and Private Universities.
The entry of female engineers coincides with the launch of engineering specialties for girls at Saudi government universities, an initiative which was first launched at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah.
Fahad Moeminah, a member of the Youth Committee in the Jeddah Chamber for Commerce and Industry, said engineering and décor companies are hiring female Saudi engineers with prior experience, as well as fresh graduates, to work on vital projects.
Moeminah said four Saudi women engineers are working on designs for a number of major projects, which will soon be launched by the Jeddah Governorate.
He said these women were able to implement 420 projects in the past 30 months.
Weam Zaki Moeminah said that she got the job she had always dreamed of following graduation. Indeed, Saudi female engineers are working alongside their Saudi male counterparts on giant projects.
Moeminah said women have an important role in adding the final touches to projects. Saudi women engineers have proved their expertise in design and implementation and are attracting several projects.
This significant demand for female workers gives women a sense of pride, satisfaction and distinction in the local market.

High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019

High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.