Saudi Arabian Railways promotes use of trains via school curriculums

Saudi Arabian Railways will provide Tatweer with content regarding safety during train rides. (Credit: saudirailways)
Updated 11 April 2018
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Saudi Arabian Railways promotes use of trains via school curriculums

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Railways (SAR) on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement with Tatweer Co. for Educational Services to design a comprehensive awareness program for school curriculums to encourage using trains.
The deal was signed in the presence of Deputy Education Minister Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Asimi and the ministry’s deputy director for girls’ education, Haya Al-Awwad.
SAR will provide Tatweer with content regarding safety during train rides. The deal also covers messages and technical materials for train security, and educational content to be added to school curriculums.
It was signed by SAR CEO Bashar bin Khaled Al-Malek and Tatweer CEO Mohammed Al-Zughaibi on the sidelines of the sixth International Exhibition and Forum for Education 2018 in Riyadh.
In February, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar said that 68 percent of the Riyadh train project has been completed. “The project is proceeding at a steady pace and according to its scheduled program and plans,” the prince said, adding that by the end of this year there will be experimental operations on the rail tracks.


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.