Sri Lankan mission sets out 2020 goals for expats’ welfare

Ambassador Azmi Thassim
Updated 01 June 2016
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Sri Lankan mission sets out 2020 goals for expats’ welfare

RIYADH: Shifting the Sri Lankan Embassy to the Diplomatic Quarter is one of the goals of the 2020 Vision set out by the mission, said the country’s Ambassador Azmi Thassim here on Saturday.
The envoy was speaking at the launch of the mission’s 2020 Vision chalked out by more than 100 Sri Lankan expatriates in the capital. He explained that a group of professionals was formed into several groups and framed a set of common goals to be undertaken by the mission for the welfare of their countrymen here, as well as to strengthen bilateral relations with the host country.
Shifting to a spacious headquarters in the Diplomatic Quarter will be an added advantage for the mission to expand its services, he added.
Sri Lankan professionals from various walks of life, who contributed to the framing of the 2020 Vision of the mission, were present at a meeting on Saturday hosted by the ambassador at a city hotel here.
Other priorities of the proposed vision are to strengthen bilateral relations with the host government and to promote the exchange of high-level visits between the two countries. He said arrangements will be made for the island’s external affairs minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to visit the Kingdom in the near future, depending on the convenience of his Saudi counterpart.
He pointed out that promoting trade and investment between the two countries will be one of the priorities of the mission. “Sri Lanka has a lot of things to offer the Saudi market and the Kingdom also has plenty of opportunities for investment in various development works in the country,” he said, stressing that this sector has to be harnessed for mutual benefits.
“We will also try to send more skilled workers and professionals to the Kingdom,” he said, pointing out that the existing workforce in the Kingdom has earned a good reputation through their hard work, honesty and loyalty.


Road safety event for female drivers launched in Saudi Arabia

The event aims to educate women about road rules and safety, and features cultural and educational exhibitions. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Road safety event for female drivers launched in Saudi Arabia

  • The event was held at Riyadh Park Mall in cooperation with the General Directorate of Traffic, the STC and other government entities
  • The director of Tabuk’s Traffic Department said it is preparing to issue 60 permits for new trainees who applied for licenses at the women’s driving school in the region

JEDDAH: A three-day recreational and educational event for women about driving cars was launched on Thursday by the director of the Riyadh Traffic Department, Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Kharsan, and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser.

The event was held at Riyadh Park Mall in cooperation with the General Directorate of Traffic, the STC and other government entities.

In his speech, Al-Nasser stressed the STC’s eagerness to support preparations to implement the royal decree allowing women to drive from Sunday. 

“This royal decree falls in line with the company’s initiatives and programs in the field of social responsibility,” he said. 

“The STC’s participation in the event focuses on the principle of safety first, and on raising awareness of traffic laws.”

The event aims to educate women about road rules and safety, and features cultural and educational exhibitions.

Tabuk to issue 60 more licenses for female drivers

The director of Tabuk’s Traffic Department said it is preparing to issue 60 permits for new trainees who applied for licenses at the women’s driving school in the region. 

The department has already issued 40 permits as part of preparations to implement the royal decree allowing women to drive, said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Al-Ateeq.

The process is divided into three categories: Women holding a valid license, those with expired ones, and women not holding any permit.

Women holding a valid license will undergo a test before being issued their new Saudi license, replacing their foreign one. 

Women with expired licenses will be trained for six hours, after which they will be tested. 

If they pass, a license will be issued immediately, but if they fail, they will be able to do four more hours of training.