Saudi finance ministry goes live with digital financial platform Etimad

Officials of the Ministry of Finance introduce the Etimad service to other government representatives during a seminar in recently. (Twitter photo)
Updated 26 July 2018
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Saudi finance ministry goes live with digital financial platform Etimad

  • Etimad allows government entities and private sector contractors to make use of the digital services for procurement, budget management, vendor selection, and contract and payments management

RIYADH: The Ministry of Finance’s digital portal Etimad, to streamline services for the public and private sector, has gone online. 

Etimad allows government entities and private sector contractors to make use of the digital services for procurement, budget management, vendor selection, and contract and payments management. 

Ahmed Al-Suwayan, deputy minister of technology and development for the Ministry of Finance, said: “The platform will ensure effective communication between the ministry and public and private sector contractors. 

“It will also boost transparency, improve performance efficiency, and minimize the administrative and procedural delays between the Ministry of Finance and the beneficiaries in many areas.” 

For private sector contractors, the thinking is that the new online platform will break down many obstacles for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), opening up new opportunities.

Entrepreneur Ahmed Aljbreen, co-founder and managing director at Smaat Co., said: “The Etimad platform will enable an easy access for all SMEs to government tenders, which will ensure fair competition, increased transparency, and greater opportunities.” 


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.