Over 2.62 million illegals arrested from different parts of Saudi Arabia

Immediate penalties were imposed against 401,123 offenders; 359,541 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Over 2.62 million illegals arrested from different parts of Saudi Arabia

  • 1,077 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 30 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

JEDDAH: Nearly 2.62 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017 the total number of offenders was 2,626,580, which included 2,046,421 for violating residency regulations, 401,804 for labor violations and 178,355 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 44,133 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 51 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 46 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
Some 1,893 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,382 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators.
1,077 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 30 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 401,123 offenders; 359,541 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 448,128 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 664,931 were deported.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.