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


FaceOf: Mansour Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Updated 17 July 2018
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FaceOf: Mansour Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mansour Al-Shathri is the vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). He has been in this key position since August 2016.

The RCCI vice chairman recently attended the launch of a program aimed at preparing 1,000 Saudi youths to collect zakat and taxes in collaboration with the Department of Zakat and Income Tax at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

The program hopes to increase Saudization by encouraging Saudi talents to embrace this new sector and develop it in the future.

In his opening speech, Al-Shathri highlighted the importance of empowering Saudi youth and their role in enhancing the labor market and how it is one of the RCCI’s initiatives that goes in line with Vision 2030.

Al-Shathri graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1994 and is now the owner and director of Eng. Mansour Al-Shathri Engineering Consulting Office in Riyadh. He is also the general manager of the Saudi Takheer Group.

He has worked as an engineering supervisor in several projects of the Ministry of Defense and is currently managing one of the contracting facilities to implement construction projects in Saudi Arabia.

In January 2017, Al-Shathri was chosen by the Council of Saudi Chambers as a member in the GCC Commercial Arbitration Center, formed in 1993 to settle commercial disputes through arbitration.

He is also the chairman of the Committee for the Labor Market at the Council of Saudi Chambers, chairman of the board of trustees of the Riyadh Center for the Development of Small and Medium Business and of the Committee of Building Contractors at the RCCI, and the chairman of Human Resources Committee at the RCCI.

Al-Shathri has participated in a number of seminars and lectures dealing with administration, municipal systems, contracts of work, building techniques, corporate systems and human resource management.