Saudi Arabia joins global pledge to protect disabled rights

Tamader bint Youssef Al-Rammah, Deputy labor minister
Updated 27 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia joins global pledge to protect disabled rights

  • The ministry launched a service expediting online issuing of visas to help people with disabilities seeking work
  • The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 targets set by the UN in 2015 to end poverty

RIYADH: A Saudi delegation led by Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development Tamader bint Youssef Al-Rammah took part in a Global Disability Summit in London that pledged to tackle stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities.

“The summit focused on a commitment to a charter for change which includes 10 clauses related to rights of people with disabilities in terms of education, training, employment and inclusion in society as per the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” the Labor Ministry said on Thursday.
The SDGs, or global goals, are a collection of 17 targets set by the UN in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity without any bias.
These 17 goals include areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, and peace and justice.
Speaking at the summit, Al-Rammah highlighted the importance of a global pledge that will oblige all countries to guarantee full accessibility and empowerment for people with disabilities.
Al-Rammah met with senior British officials, including Minister of State at the Department for International Development Lord Michael Bates, on the sidelines of the summit.
In her talks with the British minister, Al-Rammah stressed Saudi Arabia’s keenness to empower people with disabilities in the workforce as part of Vision 2030.
The ministry recently launched a service expediting online issuing of visas to help people with disabilities seeking work.
Al-Rammah also met Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization, who commended the Kingdom’s efforts to empower people with disabilities and its role in supporting social protection.
The UK government’s first Global Disability Summit brought ambitious commitments from a host of governments and organizations to tackle discrimination and stigma against people with disabilities.
Nine governments planned new or revised laws to give people with disabilities greater rights, 18 governments and other organizations promised action plans on disability inclusion, and 33 governments and other organizations pledged to support more people with disabilities affected by humanitarian crises.


Council of Saudi Chambers holds KSA-Bulgarian business forum

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Council of Saudi Chambers holds KSA-Bulgarian business forum

  • The Bulgarian Minister of Economy praised the bilateral agreements between Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria and highlighted the three important documents signed in 2016 and 2017
  • “We are currently working on an agreement to promote and protect the investments,” Karanikolov said
RIYADH: The Saudi-Bulgarian Businessmen Forum at the headquarters of the Council of Saudi Chambers in Riyadh on Friday discussed the development of trade and the signing of investment agreements between the two countries.
Vice Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers Munir bin Saad met Bulgarian Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov, Bulgaria’s first ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dimitar Abadjiev, and a Bulgarian business delegation.
Saad stressed that Saudi Arabia needed effective means to enable Bulgarian and Saudi companies to open new channels of investment in health care, tourism and leisure, renewable energy and information technology.
He said that he hoped that the meeting would be the beginning of a dialogue that would contribute to increasing trade between the two countries, which had reached $269 million by 2017. He looked forward to the support provided toward the cooperation between both sides to build fruitful partnerships, adding value to both countries.
Munir bin Saad called on Bulgarian companies to invest in the Kingdom and exploit the promising investment opportunities. He stressed Saudi business’s readiness to benefit from the resources and components of Bulgaria and to open new horizons of cooperation.
The Bulgarian Minister of Economy praised the bilateral agreements between Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria and highlighted the three important documents signed in 2016 and 2017 — the memorandum of understanding on Cooperation in Tourism, the Double Taxation Agreement and the Agreement on Mutual Cooperation in Agriculture and Livestock.
“We are currently working on an agreement to promote and protect the investments,” Karanikolov said. “We also expect the establishment of a joint committee between the Bulgarian government and Saudi Arabia for economic cooperation,” he said, adding that the Bulgarian government was prioritizing its trade and industrial relations with Saudi Arabia and would support all initiatives that serve cooperation between the two countries.