Saudi Arabia will continue to be ‘spiritual, religious leader of all Muslims’

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MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa visited numerous development and humanitarian projects in the Comoros. (SPA)Al-Issa handed over the keys of new homes, built by the MWL, to widows and orphans
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Sheikh Dr. Al-Issa overseeing the distribution of food baskets to the needy. (Supplied)
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Sheikh Dr. Al-Issa speaking to African scholars. (supplied)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia will continue to be ‘spiritual, religious leader of all Muslims’

  • Al-Issa handed over the keys of new homes, built by the MWL, to widows and orphans

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) inaugurated a number of MWL-run health centers during his visit to the Comoros Islands. 

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa was taken on a tour of the centers’ various sections, and was briefed on the services provided. 

He visited and inspected the new MWL-run Saad bin Moad Institute, and met African scholars who will be teaching there. The scholars commended the MWL’s Islamic and humanitarian role and efforts. 

They also reiterated that Saudi Arabia will continue to be the spiritual and religious leader of all Muslims. 

Al-Issa visited the construction site of Saad Thabit Yaqoub Mosque in the village of Bahani, and visited numerous development and humanitarian projects. 

He handed over the keys of new homes, built by the MWL, to widows and orphans, and supervised the distribution of food baskets to the needy.

Recently, Comoros President Azali Assoumani hosted a delegation from the MWL headed by Al-Issa.

Assoumani lauded the efforts of the MWL in Africa, while Al-Issa said the league would be ready to liaise with Comorian scientists and intellectuals to tackle all forms of extremist thought, while adding that the MWL was keen on raising awareness about Islam, especially among youth.

The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago. These institutes graduated thousands of students who occupy some of the highest positions in the Republic of Comoros.


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.