Poor reputation of employers hinders worker recruitment: Sri Lanka envoy

Sri Lanka Ambassador Mohammed Azmi
Updated 21 July 2016
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Poor reputation of employers hinders worker recruitment: Sri Lanka envoy

RIYADH: Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Mohammed Azmi has confirmed that the number of Sri Lankan workers in the Kingdom exceeds 200,000, with 100,000 working in professional fields and 100,000 working as domestic workers.
He said the embassy is working on solving the issue of runaway workers among household workers by promoting more awareness and launching training programs at Sri Lankan recruitment offices, as well as by educating workers about Saudi traditions and customs. He called on offices in the Kingdom to focus on quality, rather than quantity, when selecting workers for recruitment.
Azmi said Sri Lankan workers face many challenges in the Kingdom, including negative perceptions about treatment of workers in the Sri Lankan media, which limits the number of workers wishing to go to the Kingdom for domestic work. Nonetheless, he expects the number of professional workers to increase in the coming period.
He also noted that Sri Lankan recruitment offices are increasingly exporting domestic workers to the Kingdom without any training, purely focusing on financial returns.
Recruitment offices in the Kingdom often cooperate with weak and unknown offices in Sri Lanka, he explained, which causes delays as such offices do not have the capacity to speed up proce


Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

  • Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • The foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum will open in Riyadh on Wednesday with an eye on the future, reflected in the theme for the third annual event: “Skills for Our Tomorrow.” 

The theme is very much in keeping with the aim of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011 to develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy.

Also at this year’s forum, the foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries.

Since its first year in 2016, the forum has become an anticipated event for young Saudis, who get to connect with leaders and innovators from around the world in a series of workshops and panels.

“In addition to hosting an elite group of speakers, the forum also offers a unique opportunity for young leaders, inventors and creators to interact with renowned global leaders and inventors,” Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s program lead, explains on the website.

“Throughout the interactive sessions, youth from all over the world can discover, experience and experiment new concepts and insights to meet the challenge of change.”

Each year, MGF chooses a different theme. In 2016, it was “Young Leaders Together,” aimed at empowering a generation of entrepreneurs in the region, while in 2017 it was “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” 

Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday, but workshops and panels will address three key points: Thriving as adaptable individuals, adjusting to the human-machine partnership and revamping uniquely human collaboration. 

These are broken down into five core skills that will enhance the way young people live and work in the future: Novel thinking, social intelligence, judgment and decision making, adaptability and resilience, and initiative and self-direction.   

More than 3,500 delegates and 100 speakers are expected to attend this year’s forum at Four Seasons Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday.