Vision 2030 based on three axes, Saudi women important element of Kingdom’s strength: Minister

Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis stressed that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is based on three main axes: a vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious homeland. (SPA)
Updated 31 May 2018
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Vision 2030 based on three axes, Saudi women important element of Kingdom’s strength: Minister

  • The National Transition 2020 program contains 36 strategic objectives supporting empowerment, independence and self-reliance of Saudi women
  • The Kingdom is keen to support women’s employment and help overcome difficulties

JEDDAH: Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis stressed that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is based on three main axes: a vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious homeland.
“Saudi women are an important element of our strength. We will continue to develop talents and invest their energies to enable them to obtain appropriate opportunities to build their future and contribute to the development of our society and economy,” he said.
During his speech at the 107th International Labor Conference in Geneva, under the theme of “Women at Work” which addresses problems and issues that impede their role in the development of society, Dr. Al-Ghafis said that the National Transition 2020 program contained 36 strategic objectives supporting empowerment, independence and self-reliance of Saudi women.
“We aim to increase women’s participation in the labor market from 22% to 30% in 2030, which will contribute to an increase of 3% of non-oil GDP,” he added.
Dr. Al-Ghafis stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to support women’s work and help them overcome difficulties. They set goals to achieve this by increasing women’s participation in the labor market, increasing the contribution of productive families, facilitating businesses, developing the retail sector and increasing the number of small and medium enterprises.
He pointed out emphasis had been placed on enabling women to strike a balance between social life and work through the system of social welfare services, which provided women with greater opportunities without disrupting the family system.
Dr. Al-Ghafis noted among the initiatives aimed at economically empowering women in all regions of the Kingdom include; the “Qurra” program that was launched to support childcare services for working women, and the “Wusul” program to support the transfer of working women.
The ministry also launched the “Support for Self-Employment” program, which provides greater opportunities for women to receive better wages according to their skills, and the “Part-time” and “Remote Working” programs that enable women to strike a balance between work and taking care of the family,
He said the ministry has also set up programs to empower women in rural and remote areas and engage in the labor market, noting the results of these efforts increased the number of Saudi women employed in the private sector to about 565,000 by the end of 2017, which represents about 32% of the Saudi labor market.


Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

Updated 14 November 2018
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Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”