1.5m foreigners enter labor market annually

Updated 12 July 2016
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1.5m foreigners enter labor market annually

RIYADH: A Ministry of Labor and Social Development official revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia annually receives approximately a million and a half foreign labor workers.

The official highlighted that the Saudi market does not suffer from unemployment; alternatively it struggles with the offered employment posts and the competitive feature of employment featuring local employment vs. foreign employment.
Deputy Labor and Social Development Minister Ahmed Al-Humaidan told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the ministry implements standards targeted at lowering the Kingdom’s unemployment rates, among which is stepping up competition between foreign and national employees.
He added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia experiences an evident issue with employment hierarchy and proportionality of posts. Higher posts are found to be dominated by expatriates.
A new Nitaqat system, which comes into effect on Dec. 11, 2016, Mawzoon will put an end to the dominance of expatriate workers in critical jobs and bring down the unemployment rate, said Deputy Labor and Social Development Minister Ahmed Al-Humaidan.
The new system is anticipated to eventually balance the labor market.
Addressing a press conference, Al-Humaidan said that the revised system will also improve the job market situation, raise the quality of employment, generate suitable jobs for Saudi men and women, create a secured and an inviting working environment and end unproductive Saudization.
The new Saudization system comes in line with the Kingdom’s reform Vision 2030. It will realize the objectives of the National Transformation Program.
Al-Humaidan also highlighted that the initiative and procedures put in effect will increase the demand on Saudi labor, in addition to protecting its presence in the labor market.
The ministry had recently introduced Mawzoon as part of its efforts to encourage private firms to employ more Saudis and bring about reform in the job market, keeping in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.