Fakeih: Job creation the main challenge

Updated 14 January 2014
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Fakeih: Job creation the main challenge

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih listed major challenges facing the Saudi labor sector at the “Talent and Diversity Leadership Forum” in Riyadh on Wednesday.
“These challenges include the creation of new jobs in the private sector, ensuring the right skill level, and exerting efforts directed at the employment of women and the youth,” he said.
The minister said that there is an urgent need to provide jobs to qualified Saudis, emphasizing that there are hundreds of thousands of Saudis graduating annually from prominent universities who are in need of jobs.
He said that the private sector is expected to rise to the occasion and provide employment opportunities for them.
“They have expectations from us. We have to engender an environment receptive to our youth’s talent and inherent skills. Let’s capitalize on their capabilities,” he said.
He added that there is need to diversify human resources at the workplace, across the Kingdom, including in the suburbs and villages.
“However, the Saudi culture is limiting and restricting this vision of diversification. There is diversity in gender,” he said, adding that young people are a “huge resource for change toward development.”
The labor minister pointed out that success in diversification involves both genders, working in various fields such as engineering and other specializations.
Fakeih said: “If there’s a good and encouraging environment, there will be acceptance of diversification because of the ‘richness’ in treatment.”
“But how to achieve this? First, we in the Kingdom must accept and be proud of diversification in our society and in the workplace and try to achieve the vision of the Saudi leadership. There are hundreds of thousands of students graduating annually from prominent universities and there are also hundreds of thousands pf women who are capable and who have expressed interest in working,” he said.
There are also many scholars under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program who have to be given jobs, he added. “We have to employ them and benefit from their education, knowledge, skills and expertise.”
At present, there is an estimated 4 million handicapped individuals in Saudi Arabia, according to Nicholas Watson, managing director of Naseba, the main organizer of the event.
“About 183,000 of them are registered as looking for work and about 100,000 of them are capable of working if they were given proper training and education,” said Watson.
He added that the main obstacle holding back this segment of the Saudi society from seeking employment is the lack of transportation.
Citing statistics, Watson added that the unemployment rates for females and males in Saudi Arabia are 36 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.
“As we move from the information age to knowledge-based economies, we must remember that unlike other assets, no company actually owns its most precious asset and powerful resource, which is human capital,” he said.
He added that in today’s market, talent is in high demand, mobile, and will exercise all its options to fulfill its personal and professional aspirations.
He said that to sustain the growth of an organization or society, human resource strategies must be a priority.


The rights Saudi women did not know of

Updated 40 min 56 sec ago
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The rights Saudi women did not know of

  • Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Justice ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles
  • No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father

JEDDAH: Despite the great steps taken by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to give women a freer and more secure life, many Saudi women still do not have enough knowledge of their rights. 

Therefore, the ministry has started a campaign in cities all over the Kingdom to spread awareness among women of their legal rights. A female-only staff runs public exhibitions to enlighten them about how they are protected in different areas so they can lead their lives in a better way.

“We are using every possible channel to communicate with women to enlighten them about their rights, support them in all aspects to assure their ability to enjoy a secure rightful life,” said Majed Alkhamis, head of media and communication at the Ministry of Justice.

Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles. Despite all the obstacles, the ministry has succeeded in several areas.

A wife’s rights

The system not only grants the woman the right to sue her husband or ex-husband for alimony or acknowledgment of paternity, but it also allows any women legally living on Saudi soil, regardless of her citizenship or religion, to prosecute her current or former husband even if he is outside Saudi Arabia at the time of the lawsuit. Moreover, the new systems now support divorced women to a whole new level. For example, the system gives priority to a woman’s alimony over her husband’s personal debts.

Marriage agreements

No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father. This arrangement grants a woman the freedom to accept a marriage proposal without any influence or coercion. In addition, if a woman is not happy with her marriage, she is free to leave the house of marriage and walk out of the agreement with no law to force her to come back. If she chooses to abandon the marriage her right to alimony will be dropped, but she is still entitled to custody of the children.

No delays

The Ministry of Justice has designed a full female service within its courthouses. 

These services include advisory people who provide free consultations on everything. In addition, these departments support women at all stages up until the execution of any court order to avoid delays and procrastination.

Speedy justice

The law emphasizes the speedy execution of justice in women-related cases.