Sri Lankan Embassy to expand coverage of mobile services

Updated 04 April 2014
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Sri Lankan Embassy to expand coverage of mobile services

The Sri Lankan Embassy has announced that it will be extending its mobile services to the northern parts of the Kingdom.
“Hitherto, our mobile services were only confined to the Eastern Province, but because of the growing demand we want to extend it to Hail and Buraidah in the northern parts of the Kingdom,” Vadivel Kirshnamoorthy, the island’s ambassador told Arab News on Thursday.
He said there is a regular flow of Sri Lankan workers coming into the Kingdom that are spread throughout the country. “We want to take our services to their doorstep,” he added.
Some 450,000 Sri Lankans are in the Kingdom, which is the largest concentration of the island’s 1.5 million workforce in the Middle East.
Regarding the problem of runaway housemaids, he said it has been reduced greatly following the end of the amnesty period.
Dwelling on the number of death cases among Sri Lankan housemaids, he said that according to the mission’s records, 128 deaths were registered last year and 32 cases have been reported in 2014 thus far. “An average number of 10 to 11 death cases are reported per month to the embassy,” he added.
He also stressed that there has been no reports on the removal of organs from the human remains dispatched from the Kingdom.
Krishnamoorthy pointed out that a good number of infants born in the Kingdom lack citizenship due to the non-availability of new contact details of the applicant.



However, any Sri Lankan can dial the toll free number 80011880050 to make arrangement for citizenship certificates, he explained.
In February, the embassy in Riyadh set up a 24-hour phone-in service to provide assistance to its distressed expatriate workers in the Kingdom.
The toll free number 8001180050 is a 24-hour helpline.
Krishnamoorthy said remittances from Lankan nationals working in the Middle East was estimated at $2.5 billion in 2010, adding that a “significant portion of the remittances comes from the 450,000 Sri Lankans working in the Kingdom.”
Around one-third of Sri Lanka’s 1.5 million overseas workers live in the Kingdom, he added.
He said that Sri Lankans have earned a reputation as disciplined, honest and hard-working residents in the Kingdom.
Kishnamoorthy expressed his deep appreciation for the generous amnesty granted by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah which gave undocumented expatriates the opportunity to respectfully exit the country and return to Sri Lanka or to rectify their status.
He said, “Over 100,000 expatriates had changed their professions and that approximately 15,000 Sri Lankans had left the Kingdom without facing any penalties.
The amnesty, he added, has also enabled those who returned to Sri Lanka to reapply for jobs and return to the Kingdom in the future, benefiting both the Sri Lankan and Saudi Arabian labor markets.”


FaceOf: Homam Hashem, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kafalah Fund

Homam Hashem
Updated 1 min 32 sec ago
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FaceOf: Homam Hashem, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kafalah Fund

  • Hashem studied computer information systems, receiving his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1992
  • He began his career in 1993 as a systems analyst and programmer at the head office of the Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh

Homam Hashem is the chief executive officer at the Kafalah Fund, a financing guarantee program for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

On Saudi’s 88th National Day, Hashem elaborated on the importance of the Kafalah Fund and how supporting SMEs contributes to the economic reform of the Kingdom in accordance with Vision 2030. 

He said: “One of the main objectives of Vision 2030 is to increase the contribution of the SME private sector to 35 percent of GDP.” He pointed out that small and medium enterprises play an important role in raising financing opportunities and pave the ways to success.

Hashem studied computer information systems, receiving his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1992. He also holds a diploma in banking operation management from the Institute of Public Administration.

He began his career in 1993 as a systems analyst and programmer at the head office of the Banque Saudi Fransi in Riyadh. A year later, he joined Samba Financial Group as a credit MIS senior manager for four years before moving on to Al-Rajhi Bank to occupy another senior manager post.

Hashem then spent five years simultaneously working for the Arab National Bank as a cards credit cycle manager, and Visa as a risk adviser. From there, he became Al-Yusr Leasing and Financing’s chief operations officer from 2005 to 2013. 

In 2015, he served as chief operations officer at Tayseer Arabian Co. before returning to Al-Yusr as chief credit and collection director.

He served as a board member at Al-Farasha Financial Services and the engineering solutions company ATMATA.