OIC ministers meet to debate labor strategy in Saudi Arabia

Updated 17 February 2018
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OIC ministers meet to debate labor strategy in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Labor market challenges faced by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries will be explored at a two-day conference to be held in the Kingdom on Feb. 21-22.
Saudi Arabia is to host the fourth Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers (ICLM), on the theme “Developing a Common Strategy for Manpower Development.”
Maha Akeel, director of the OIC’s public information department, told Arab News that the conference would adopt the OIC labor market strategy, prepared by the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries.
The strategy will outline how OIC countries can cooperate to enhance employability, protect workers’ health and safety, promote productivity and reduce unemployment, she added.
Labor ministers from member countries will attend the conference, which has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the OIC.
The conference aims to explore ways of generating and sustaining job opportunities through exchanging information on policies and successful programs.
Ministers will discuss OIC labor market strategy, the OIC’s mutual recognition arrangement for skilled employees and the OIC-recommended bilateral agreement on manpower exchange.
Regional and international organizations will also discuss implementation of youth programs, OIC Occupational Safety and Health Network activities and the OIC Public Employment Services Network.
Implementation of the Youth Employment Support Program, which aims to support the creation of employment and develop more skilled workforces, will also be on the agenda.
OIC countries have a total labor force of nearly 800 million. Since its launch, the OIC has aimed to enhance technical and manpower cooperation among member states to build a better quality of life, promote productive employment and foster adequate social protection.
The last meeting of the ICLM was held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, in 2015.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.