7 agencies and 110 initiatives to achieve Vision 2030 goals

Updated 13 June 2016

7 agencies and 110 initiatives to achieve Vision 2030 goals

JEDDAH: Seven government agencies have set 36 strategic objectives to help realize Vision 2030 through 110 initiatives.
Some of these agencies, such as King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), will drive about 30 initiatives, local media reported on Sunday.
The strategic goals of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage include the establishment and development of tourist sites and destinations for all age groups, protecting, rehabilitating and promoting awareness on national heritage sites and promoting tourism festivals.
The Institute of Public Administration has been tasked with raising human capital efficiency and efficiency of administrative organizations in the Kingdom.
The initiatives include rebuilding the organizational structures of ministries, launching the national program for the preparation and development of administrative leadership and distance training and developing and applying a national framework for training.

The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy aims to enable atomic energy to contribute to the national energy mix in accordance with local requirements and international obligations, as well as localize expertise in the sectors of atomic energy and renewable technologies.
Its other objectives and initiatives include training human capital, construction of the first nuclear power plant site, developing and localizing industrial and service opportunities and supporting private sector partnerships, developing small nuclear reactors using SMART technology and localizing renewable energy technologies to support the power and water desalination sectors.
The responsibility of the General Authority for Investment is to improve the regulatory and procedural environment to enable the quality of investments via initiatives such as the the development of infrastructure to facilitate doing business, increasing the local content ratio, establishing a National Competitiveness Center, creating a comprehensive electronic service center, establishing an independent body for the management and implementation of the giant state projects, and activating a unified license for foreign investors.
The General Authority for Food and Drug Administration will ensure tighter control over the supply chain of drugs, improve access to essential medicines.
As or the RCJY, the objectives include attracting a variety of complementary industries with higher added value, expanding and diversifying financial resources, raising efficiency and increasing the volume of investments and industrial production, providing attractive investment environment, and improving the standard of living, security and health.
The RCJY initiatives include crisis management and development of a security protection system in Jubail Industrial City and Yanbu Industrial City, electronic and digital transformation of the cities of Jubail and Ras Al-Khair, shifting to asset management in Jubail Industrial City, building a sports and tourism complex in Jubail Industrial City, development of industrial integration program (OTC) for converting oil to chemicals and expanding Aramco refinery in Yanbu Industrial City, as well as the construction of Jubail Industrial Airport and creativity and innovation centers in YIC.
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) objectives include updating of infrastructure necessary for the development of local content and equipment, strengthening the capacity of SMEs, providing technical consultancy services to government sectors and localizing technical development with focus on research and development, launching product development programs for local suppliers, and localizing and transferring health, energy, water, oil and gas, transport and logistics technologies.

UN commends Saudi Arabia’s promotion of disability rights

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UN commends Saudi Arabia’s promotion of disability rights

  • Kingdom has made ‘remarkable progress’ in welfare for disabled people

JEDDAH: The president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, said on Wednesday that the Kingdom is committed to promoting the rights of people with disabilities.

Al-Aiban was speaking at the opening of the “Rights of People with Disabilities” symposium in Riyadh, organized by the commission in cooperation with the local office of the UN. The symposium focused on currently available services — and plans for their development — in Saudi Arabia for disabled people, and discussed the challenges facing this segment of Saudi society.

UN Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia Nathalie Fustier said the UN appreciates the Kingdom's efforts, citing the Kingdom's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol in 2008 as an example of Saudi’s support for the cause.

Mayssam Tamim, the assistant resident representative of the UN Development Program, described the Kingdom’s progress in ensuring the rights of people with special needs as “remarkable,” highlighting the increase in the number of associations and centers dedicated to their rehabilitation; the improvement in health care services; the drive to monitor the health of children likely to develop disabilities; and the creation of support offices in health facilities to provide logistical assistance. 

Tamim also discussed the progress in education — pointing out that students with disabilities are being integrated into public schools, where they are provided with social service support and with special equipment including books printed in Braille, audio books, sign language courses, and support services — and in labor and social welfare, highlighting the establishment of the “Tawafuq” employment program in 2014. Tawafuq, which is the Arabic word for success, ensures equal employment opportunities within the private sector for Saudis with disabilities, she explained. 

The symposium featured several papers submitted by Saudi ministries. Dr. Walid bin Khalifa Al-Shumaimeri submitted a paper on behalf of the Ministry of Health, reviewing the services offered to disabled people around the Kingdom.

Al-Shumaimeri presented a number of challenges faced by the ministry, pointing out that some health facilities cannot be adapted to better serve disabled people due to a lack of space or inadequate infrastructure. 

“The statistical survey for people with disabilities may not be accurate enough, thus adversely affecting the geographical distribution of services,” he said. 

Al-Shumaimeri also bemoaned the lack of a unified training program on the rights of disabled people, and how best to handle them, for healthcare workers. At the moment, he explained, “each entity implements its own training programs.”