German parliamentary team visits key Saudi institutions

Claudia Roth. (AFP file photo)
Updated 02 November 2016
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German parliamentary team visits key Saudi institutions

RIYADH: Vice President of the German Parliament Claudia Roth held talks with Mohammed Al-Jiffri, Shoura Council vice president, and other Shoura members during her three-day visit to the Kingdom from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.
Roth and her delegation were in Jeddah where visits to the King Abdallah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) and to the King Abdallah Economic City (KAEC) were on the program. “The visit underlined once again the excellent quality of the bilateral relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Ohnmacht, German Embassy spokesperson.
He added: “We are witnessing a period of intensified exchange and visits between the parliamentarians of the two countries,” Ohnmacht said, adding that next week a Shoura delegation will also visit Germany.
Leading a delegation which included MP Matthias Zimmer from the Christian Democratic Party, Roth also met with Ahmad Omar Al-Zailai, president of the German-Saudi Friendship Group of the Shoura Council.
Ohnmacht added that the program also included visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Planning, the High Commission of Entertainment and various organizations. “These organizations included the National Society of Human Rights, the National Dialogue Center, the Human Rights Commission, among others,” the spokesman said.
He added that Roth “takes a special interest in the situation of women in Saudi Arabia and had talks with representatives of the Al-Nahda Charitable Society."
“She also had a meeting with businesswomen at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) where there were lively discussions about the recent achievements and future challenges,” he said.
He added that “at the Princess Nourah University, the largest women’s university in the world, she met with students and academics, and could visit the very modern pediatric and maternity hospital which is scheduled to open soon.”
Her visit in the Saudi capital was concluded by the opening of the Goethe Institute (GI) in Umm Al Hammam.
During the ceremony, Roth encouraged more Saudis to take advantage of the German language classes offered by the Goethe Institute, and expressed her hopes that it will act as a bridge-builder between the cultures and societies of the two countries.
The ceremony was attended by German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller and Goethe Institute Vice Secretary General Bruno Grosf.


Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia's civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.