Saudi Arabia mourns Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman receives condolences in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 13 November 2016
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Saudi Arabia mourns Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman led funeral prayers for Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud after Asr prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on Saturday. The king’s brother died late on Friday, a statement from the royal court published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Performing the funeral prayer with the king were Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and a number of princes.
Following the funeral prayer, the king received condolences from princes, officials and citizens. The body of Prince Turki was taken to Al-Oud Cemetery where he was buried.
Meanwhile, King Felipe VI of Spain, who was scheduled to arrive on a three-day visit to Riyadh on Saturday, postponed his official visit.
The Spanish Embassy in Riyadh confirmed the postponement of the royal visit saying, “the high-profile visit was postponed after the death of Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz.”
A statement issued by the Spanish Royal Court mourned the death of Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz.
When asked about the next date of the Riyadh visit by King Felipe VI, a senior diplomat at the Spanish Embassy told Arab News: “The new date of the royal visit has not been determined.”


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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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.