Fisheries sector to create 400,000 jobs

Updated 29 May 2016
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Fisheries sector to create 400,000 jobs

DAMMAM: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture is trying to activate and support the fisheries sector, as it is expected that 600,000 tons of fish and prawns will be provided yearly by 2029.

This is a significant increase over today’s provision of 100,000 tons, according to Nabil Vita, director of the fisheries center of the eastern region of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.
Talking to an online newspaper on the sidelines of a workshop on marine environment recently organized in Al-Khobar, Vita said that the objective is to increase the level of Saudization in the fisheries sector to 75 percent, creating 400,000 jobs, increasing the annual yield of prawns to 1.7 million tons and setting up of farms.
Nabil said that eight counties of the Gulf divide the fisheries’ produce. This requires coordination between them for sustainability. He said that there were agreements between the six Gulf Cooperation Council members in this area, but that there is also excessive fishing which is harming the reserves.
Vita said that according to statistics of the ministry, the Kingdom produced 28,343 tons of fish in 2004. It had gone down to 27,251 tons in 2013 after increasing to the highest level of 34,337 tons in 2006.
He said that the prawn yields have gone down to 6,415 tons in 2013 after achieving the highest level of 9,003 tons in 2008, and 6,610 tons in 2004.
Giving more details on the activities of the sector, Vita said that 2,144 was the highest number of fishing boats in 2013; in 2004 there were 1,812, which was the lowest level since 2006 when there were 1,853.
Latest statistics said that there are more than 250 fishery projects at the present in the Kingdom. In view of the high consumption, the ministry wants to increase the supply of marine products to 300,000 tons per year.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”