No access to code of conduct for 69% of Saudi state employees: Study

Sixty-nine percent of state employees do not have access to the code of conduct and ethics for public service. (File/AFP)
Updated 31 August 2018
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No access to code of conduct for 69% of Saudi state employees: Study

  • A random sample of 4,723 employees was surveyed in eight government agencies in five regions

JEDDAH: Sixty-nine percent of state employees do not have access to the code of conduct and ethics for public service, according to a survey by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha).

A random sample of 4,723 employees was surveyed in eight government agencies in five regions: Riyadh, the Eastern Province, Makkah, Tabuk and Asir.

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed said their agencies do not have the code on their websites.

 

 

 

Of the 31% of employees who said they have read the code, 93% of them reported that it had a positive impact on their commitment.

The study recommended introducing the code’s principles and ethics in evaluation mechanisms for appointments, promotions, professional certificates and job performance.

It also urged government agencies to publish the code on their websites, train employees on its content, and respond to their enquiries regarding its provisions

The code’s aim is to develop a spirit of responsibility among public employees, promote and disseminate professional and ethical values and principles, strengthen citizens’ trust in government services and fight corruption, among other things.

 


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.