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.”


Saudi Movie ‘Joud’ to screen at Ithra during National Day celebrations

The film’s producer, and program director of the center, Abdullah Al-Ayaf, said that “Joud” sets a cinematic precedent for the Kingdom. (Social media)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Saudi Movie ‘Joud’ to screen at Ithra during National Day celebrations

  • Scenes filmed in various parts of the Kingdom are accompanied by a lively musical soundtrack, taking viewers on a journey of discovery of the Saudi lifestyle.

JEDDAH: The Saudi film “Joud,” produced by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), which is now screening in local and international cinemas in the Kingdom, will also be shown at Ithra’s own cinema from September 20 to 23, 2018, as part of the center’s National Day events.

The film, which dispenses with dialogue to make it more accessible to a global audience, features visuals inspired by classical Arabic poems that reflect the natural heritage and diversity of Saudi Arabia, the discovery of oil and the resultant social change. Scenes filmed in various parts of the Kingdom are accompanied by a lively musical soundtrack, taking viewers on a journey of discovery of the Saudi lifestyle.

The film’s producer, and program director of the center, Abdullah Al-Ayaf, said that “Joud” sets a cinematic precedent for the Kingdom, “and we believe that its uniqueness opens the door to discovering more stories preserved in the hearts of our people and our land.”

He added that Ithra was keen for Saudi filmmakers to work alongside an international crew during production of the film. For example, assistant director Osama Al-Kharji directed scenes set in Makkah, with director of photography Abdullah Al-Shuraidah and cameraman Fahad al-Dajani, while Hussam Al-Hilweh helped to write the script. Composer Diaa Azouni contributed to the soundtrack, and co-director Osamah Saleh was responsible for behind-the-scenes photography for almost a year.

Andrew Lancaster, the film’s director, said that “Joud” “shows how music and natural landscape play a big role in communicating the soul of the movie.” He added that it "talks about a deep experience through culture, music and natural landscape. It was a great adventure for me to transfer this to the screen.”

Ithra, in Dhahran, aims to set new standards for excellence in the Saudi film industry, and create innovative projects through its relationships with partners and visitors by stimulating the sustainability of creative and cultural communities. Through its diverse programs, the center helps to develop new ways to foster creativity, supporting and promoting national talent by providing an environment for the production and exchange of knowledge, in a manner that respects diversity and promotes different concepts in science and the arts.