Saudi Arabia set for launch of labor courts

Ministry of Justice headquarters in Riyadh (SPA file photo)
Updated 05 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia set for launch of labor courts

  • Labor courts will be connected to all government entities that deal with labor
  • There are around 10 million foreign and 3 million locals in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development are completing final arrangements to launch labor courts and departments.
A joint team has been formed to complete arrangements to transfer jurisdiction of labor cases to the general judiciary.
Through this partnership, the Ministry of Justice said it aims to achieve judicial excellence in labor courts and departments.
This, it added, will positively affect the labor market, reduce the length of litigation and achieve digital integration in labor courts.
The team will complete the technical, organizational, judicial and administrative requirements for the launch. It will also identify and innovate performance indicators to ensure the smooth functioning of the partnership.
The forthcoming labor courts and departments will be one of the most important pillars in helping to raise the Kingdom’s classification in international indices, the Ministry of Justice said.
These courts aim to enhance investment opportunities in the Kingdom through the establishment of justice in the business sector.


Crown Prince: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big

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Crown Prince: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big

  • Saudi Arabia and China signed economic cooperation agreements worth a total of $28 billion at a joint investment forum
  • The crown prince presided at a China-Saudi cooperation forum that concluded with 12 agreements on cooperation

RIYADH: Future opportunities between Saudi Arabia and China are very big, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Friday during his visit to China.

Citing a 33 percent increase in bilateral trade last year, the crown prince added that high-level contacts were paying off in areas from commerce to security and defense.
"Saudi Arabia's relations with China can be traced back a very long time in the past," Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told President Xi Jinping at their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in the heart of the Chinese capital.

Meanwhile, the Chinese president stressed his country's keenness on joint efforts with Saudi Arabia to support strategic relations between the two countries. He added that there has been coordination with Saudi Arabia on international and regional issues in recent years. 

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The crown prince earlier Friday presided at a China-Saudi cooperation forum that concluded with 12 agreements on cooperation in fields ranging from petroleum and the chemical industry to investment, renewable energy and counter-terrorism. Saudi Arabia is one of China's top crude oil suppliers and an important market for its exports.

Saudi Arabia and China also signed economic cooperation agreements worth a total of $28 billion at a joint investment forum. 35 agreements had been signed at the forum, held by Saudi Arabia’s investment agency SAGIA. Four licenses for Chinese companies were awarded at the forum.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also pledged Saudi Arabia's backing for China's gargantuan "belt and road" infrastructure project, saying he was willing to link it with the kingdom's Vision 2030 plans— a blueprint put forth by the crown prince to wean the kingdom off its reliance on oil, particularly as sustainable sources of energy become cheaper and more popular.
The Crown Prince's visit follows trips to India and Pakistan, which send millions of laborers to Saudi Arabia and are seeking closer economic ties.