Saudi Education Ministry to activate culture of dialogue, communication

Updated 25 September 2017
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Saudi Education Ministry to activate culture of dialogue, communication

RIYADH: Deputy Minister of Education Abdulrahman Al-Asimi has directed the education administrations in all regions and provinces to activate the ministry’s project that focuses on dialogue and communication.
The project seeks to promote a culture of dialogue in the educational community and furnish male and female students with the required skills for effective dialogue and communication.
The project aims to deepen pride in religion; loyalty to the king and homeland; spread a culture of dialogue and communication skills; enhance the ethics of dialogue among community members; respect ideas and opinions of others; and renounce intolerance and imposition of opposing opinions.
The project also intends to immunize school community members from negative ideas, and furnish students with the required skills of effective dialogue and communication. The project targets all educational workers, general education students and community members.
Functions of the project should boost Islamic principles, values and focus on trends that enhance the values of citizenship. The project should review all printed and audio-visual items to ensure that they are free of any content running counter to religion, the homeland and education policy.
The project should also make sure that the functions address diversity, attraction and creativity, and should be a stimulus for participation of the gifted, persons of special needs and community members.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.