Saudi minister highlights importance of humans in ‘powering change’

Al-Sawaha pointed out that Saudi Arabia has successfully extended the fiber optic network to more than 700,000 homes out of the target 2 million to be networked by 2020. (SPA)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Saudi minister highlights importance of humans in ‘powering change’

  • Al-Sawaha pointed out that Saudi Arabia has successfully extended the fiber optic network to more than 700,000 homes out of the target 2 million to be networked by 2020

JEDDAH: Days after Saudi Arabia made history by becoming the first country to grant citizenship to a robot, the Kingdom’s communication minister, has been speaking of the importance of humans in powering change.
Saudi Arabia considers humans to be pivotal to international development, Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, minister of telecommunication and IT, told delegates at the International Union for Communication conference in Dubai.
Al-Sawaha pointed out that Saudi Arabia has successfully extended the fiber optic network to more than 700,000 homes out of the target 2 million to be networked by 2020.
He said that the ministry aims to increase women’s contribution to the labor market from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2030, a projected 3 percent in the non-oil gross domestic product.

He called on the world community, led by the International Union for Communications, to create and enforce an international law to control the Internet and protect national and personal data from cyberattack.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

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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.