Sri Lanka ‘trains workers before they are deployed’

Updated 16 January 2014
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Sri Lanka ‘trains workers before they are deployed’

Sri Lanka is making all efforts to impart training conforming to international standards to job aspirants to familiarize themselves with the culture and work environment in the Kingdom, Sri Lankan Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera asserted on Wednesday.
Earlier, Dilan Perera was received in Jeddah by senior officials from the Saudi labor ministry, besides Sri Lankan diplomats on Tuesday. He called on Jeddah Governor Price Mishaal bin Majed on Wednesday prior to returning home.
The Sri Lankan minster said that in the past three months, 10,000 candidates were trained in NVQ 3 level, which is internationally accredited, in the house-keeping field including domestic helpers. Sri Lanka introduced the training program to enhance professionalism and quality standards in jobs taken up by its nationals abroad, he said.
The minister also invited Saudi recruitment companies to Sri Lanka to collaborate with the government to conduct training that suits Saudi requirements. The island nation is providing training to construction workers who intend to work in Singapore, according to their standards, which is similar to standards prevailing in Saudi Arabia, he said.
Dilan Perara said that Sri Lanka had decided that no Sri Lankan woman who is less than 25-years-old will leave the country for employment. Besides, every domestic worker will have an international standard contract backed by both governments, he said, adding: “Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia will soon constitute technical expert committees to study and finalize employment contract format.”
He said the contract will protect the interest of both employees and employers, and the labor contract would address concerns of both the parties.
Regarding the issue of minimum salary, Dilan Perara said: “We have not placed any conditions for minimum salary, since this will be based on demand and supply position in the Kingdom, which incidentally, is the largest free market economy in the Middle East region.”


National Day events to explore Saudi heritage, civilization

Updated 32 min ago
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National Day events to explore Saudi heritage, civilization

  • General Authority for Culture (GAC) organizing folk festivals, music concerts, arts exhibitions, during the Kingdom's 88th National Day celebrations

JEDDAH: Poets, authors, artists and folk musicians are gearing up for a host of cultural events organized by the General Authority for Culture (GAC) to mark celebration of the 88th Saudi National Day around the Kingdom.

These activities, in which citizens and residents participate, include folk festivals, poetry evenings, music concerts, arts shows, film events, and interactive activities.

GAC has organized the “Adwaa wa Atyaf” (lights and spectra) event in Riyadh, which includes a range of activities such as falling green balloons, 3D visual shows, horse shows, sand painting shows, and many others.

The Culture Authority celebrates aviation in Riyadh by playing live national music for the passengers. It has also organized an arts exhibition in Riyadh and a pavilion for cultural heritage.

Between Sep. 19 and 27 a variety of cultural events will run in the provinces of Al-Kharj, Al-Majma’ah, Al-Aflaj, and Thadig, including theatrical performances, poetry evenings, poetry recital competitions, children-only events, women-only events, events for the Ensan Organization for orphans, and cultural seminars.

In Jeddah, GAC has organized the “Naghmet Watan,” a traditional Saudi music event, on Sep. 22. It aims to explore the evolution of the Saudi folklore as well as the Kingdom’s civilization and its heritage, cultural and artistic development through folk music concerts performed by emerging young singers.

In Tabuk, cultural events will take place between Sep. 23 and 25. The program includes a poetry evening, a folk night, and a contest for the best poem, picture, tweet, and article.

The “Lilwatan Maw’ed” (the day of the homeland) event will be held in Al-Ahsa between Sep. 23 and 27. It includes a performance of the Saudi traditional Ardha dance, cultural seminars, and a show about the founder of Saudi Arabia, the late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

GAC has organized the “Ya Dar Nestahlak” (we deserve our homeland) event to be held in Buraidah on Sep. 24. This event includes performances by a folk arts band, a photography exhibition, theatrical performances, poetry evenings, and cultural seminars.

In Taif on Sep. 25, the Omsiyat Watan or Saudi evening event will be held, accompanied by a lecture about Taif, an art exhibition, and live poetry recitals.

The Laylat Aflam or movie night event is to be held in Jizan. It will feature the national film “Joud,” which discusses the status of the Kingdom in the Islamic world as well as its cultural and heritage status.

GAC has organized the “Qalo Aan Al-Watan” (they said about Saudi) event in Najran for poets and authors. The event also features a documentary film.

In Al-Jawf, the “Ihtifaliyat Watan” to be held between Sep. 23 and 25 will include poetry and writing competition as well as interactive activities for children.