Licensed GCC lawyers allowed to practice law in Saudi

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Justice Waleed bin Mohammad Al Samaani. (Screen grab)
Updated 23 January 2018
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Licensed GCC lawyers allowed to practice law in Saudi

JEDDAH: Minister of Justice Waleed Al-Samaani on Monday authorized lawyers from the Gulf states to be allowed to practice law in Saudi Arabia.
The decision included adding an article to the executive regulations of the legal system stating that foreign law firms may not be registered unless each partner is licensed to practice law in the Kingdom. 
Conditions for the new decision stipulate that a lawyer should be a citizen of one of the Gulf Cooperation Council states and be licensed to practice law in their country. The Gulf lawyer’s license issued by his country should be valid and being a resident in Saudi Arabia is not required.
This decision comes in accordance with the directives of the Council of Ministers to review the provisions contained in the executive regulations of the legal system regarding the conditions and restrictions of applicants from the GCC in practicing law to apply full equality of treatment.
Dima Al-Shareef, a Saudi legal counsellor told Arab News: “The approval of Gulf lawyers on the Saudi lawyers’ list will, of course, add a healthy diversity to the profession of law in the Kingdom and will facilitate the procedures of litigation to many Gulf companies located in the Kingdom, thus enhancing their investments in the Kingdom.” 
Najoud Qassem Supervisor of the Judicial Aid Integration Initiative, told Arab News: “It’s important for citizens of the GCC to have some kind of equality by being able to practice their work here in the Kingdom; practicing law in the Kingdom will offer exchange of experiences between the Saudi and Gulf lawyers, as well as partnerships, and it will provide a wider range for more trainees and those wishing to work in the legal profession.”


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.