Kingdom wins three-year deputy seat on ILO governing body

A high-ranking delegation from Saudi Arabia, led by Labor Minister Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis, second right, attends International Labor Conference (ILC) in Geneva on Monday.
Updated 14 June 2017

Kingdom wins three-year deputy seat on ILO governing body

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Monday won a three-year deputy seat of the International Labor Organization (ILO) governing body.
The development came on the sidelines of the 106th Session of the International Labor Conference (ILC) held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The election was carried out on Monday to elect 24 candidates representing governments in four regions: Africa, US, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe.
The Kingdom earned 168 votes of the 253 total cast to become a non-regular member that will represent the Asian region for 2017-2020.
The ILO deputy membership makes decisions on ILO policy; decides the agenda of the ILC, adopts the draft programs and budget of the organization for submission to the ILC; and elects the director general.
Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis headed the Saudi delegation to the current session of the conference that runs from June 5-16. High-ranking delegates include recent government members, workers and employers.
The ILO was established in 1919 under the Economic and Social Council, one of the UN’s six main bodies. It supervises implementation of labor programs in areas such as domestic labor, gender equality, forced labor, inspection, occupational safety and health, working hours and others.


Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

Updated 22 August 2019

Makkah’s Grand Mosque courtyard extension project nears completion

  • The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Ground Mosque and its surrounding courtyards
  • The work is 85 percent complete

RIYADH: A project to add more than 3,000 meters square of courtyard space near to the Grand Mosque in Makkah is almost complete, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
The extension to the area will help control the movement of crowds near the mosque, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said. The work is 85 percent complete, the statement said.
The expansion work involves the removal of a number of places designated for ablution and installing them under the stairs of the courtyard. Toilets have also been installed around the edges of the courtyard.
The project, which is due to be completed at the end of this month, aims to increase the capacity of the Grand Mosque and its surrounding courtyards to provide the best service to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, deal with crowd control, and ensure the safety of visitors.