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.


KSRelief to provide 5,000 Yemenis with school supplies

Saudi Arabia is ranked the first donor in the world when it comes to humanitarian financial and logistical support in Yemen. AFP
Updated 17 July 2018
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KSRelief to provide 5,000 Yemenis with school supplies

  • There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians
  • The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched a project to provide Yemeni students and schools with supplies to ensure that education continues across the country despite the brutal acts of militants. The trucks started to carrying the aid from Riyadh to Yemen on Monday.

“It is a project to provide Yemen’s schools with the essential needs to ensure a better and smoother educational environment, such as chairs, desks, and boards, in addition to students’ supplies. It will support nearly 5,000 students across Yemen,” said Dr. Samer Aljetaily, spokesman for KSRelief.
“The trucks will arrive first in Ma’arib, then it will be distributed to the most needed areas across the country’s schools and students.”
“My Education” is one of the big projects given to support Yemen’s people in health, shelter, infrastructure, environment and education to help the country stand on its feet regardless of any devastation caused by the militants.
“The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million. In terms of education, the center has given financial aid to schools, paid teachers’ salaries, and provided students’ essential school needs and meals. We will continue supporting our brothers and sisters in Yemen in all sectors.”
This project has been supported by the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Saudi-led Islamic Military Coalition. “The coalition always supports our all initiatives in the interest of Yemeni citizens. The coalition will protect the aid till it arrives in Ma’arib, then it will support logistically to facilitate the distribution of the supplies. Education is a priority for the Saudi government and for KSRelief.
“We have always supported education in Yemen and always will, whether it is for schools, educational institutions, students, teachers, or even educational curricular and psychological support departments to help students become better amid all the horrific acts caused by the Houthis. KSRelief is very keen on building a strong future with a well-educated generation of Yemenis.”
Asked whether there is a lack of international support for Yemen, he told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, has attracted global attention to Yemen’s humanitarian status in different ways, including direct funding for the infrastructure of the country and huge support for health, education and the environment. Saudi Arabia is ranked the first donor in the world when it comes to humanitarian, financial and logistical support in Yemen. This has encouraged other countries’ support as well.
“The UAE has greatly supported the Yemen humanitarian file with $1 billion. The international community has reacted to this.
“However, there must be more international collaboration to reduce the militants’ attacks on the aid and supplies and facilitate the entry of aid and ensure a higher level of safety. There is also need for better cooperation to protect students and children in the militants’ controlled areas,” he emphasized.
“The Saudi Ministry of Education has supported this initiative by providing school supplies and students’ essential supplies.”
There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians.