Saudi Arabia the biggest donor of assistance to Yemen: Cabinet

Updated 01 August 2016
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Saudi Arabia the biggest donor of assistance to Yemen: Cabinet

JEDDAH: The cabinet on Monday defended the work of Saudi Arabia in assisting the legitimate and internationally recognized government of Yemen and highlighted the kingdom’s efforts in aiding the Yemeni people.
At the cabinet session, chaired by Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Naif, the government corrected some of the “fallacies about health conditions in Yemen and underestimating the coalition's efforts and its positive role in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the brotherly Yemeni people,” said a cabinet statement responding to stories circulating in media quoting some non-governmental relief and human rights organizations.
The cabinet said the kingdom was the biggest humanitarian supporter of Yemen with $500 million given in aid to the Yemenis thus far.
On the formation of a political council in Yemen by the Houthis and followers of Ali Saleh, the Saudi government said the move was a “flagrant violation of the resolutions” of a number of international bodies and saw it as an obstacle to peace.
Saudi Arabia called once again to intensity the fight against terror and welcomed the declaration of Nouakchott and resolutions issued at the 27th Arab summit in Mauritania. The cabinet statement said the many of the terror attacks being witnessed pose a threat to the “Arab peoples and nations and international peace and security and that many of culprits taking part in these terrorist crimes are trying to attach them to Islam which is innocent of such accusations.”
On the occupation of Palestine the cabinet statement said: “[the cabinet expressed] the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's denunciation of the decision of the Israeli occupational authorities, allowing the construction of 770 new residential units in occupied Eastern Al-Quds as part of the continuing aggression against the State of Palestine, targeting the Palestinian well-bing and dismembering its unity and continuation of the Israeli intrasegence and systematic violation for the bases and principles of the peaceful settlemnt and the resolutions of the internatioanl legitimacy supportive for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right in establishing an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.”

Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi said that the Cabinet reviewed the topics on the agenda and issued the following resolutions:

First:

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement in the field of countering cross-border crimes between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the United Mexican States, which was signed in Riyadh on 07/04/1437.

Second:

The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, museums, architectural heritage, crafts and handicrafts between the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Peru, which was signed in Lima on 03/12/1436.

Third:

The Cabinet approved an agreement in the military and technical fields between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, which was signed in Rabat on 04/03/1437.

Fourth:

Based on a recommendation by the Standing Committee of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, the Cabinet approved a number of arrangements regarding the activation of the role of the private sector as well as the increase of its contribution to the GDP via stimulating investments related to capital and private ownership.

Fifth:

The Cabinet approved a cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of atomic energy between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Finland, which was signed in Helsinki on 24/11/1436.

Sixth:

The Cabinet approved the two final accounts of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and the Small and Medium Enterprises Loan Guarantee Program for the fiscal year 1435/1436.

Seventh:

The Cabinet approved a number of appointments as follows:

1- Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud appointed to the post of the President's Undersecretary for Female Section (Rank 15) at the General Authority for Sports.

2- Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Khunain transferred from the post of Civil Service Advisor (Rank 15) to the post of Undersecretary of the Ministry (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

3- Mohammed bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Ghufeili appointed to the post of Economic Advisor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Finance.

4- Mishaal bin Naif bin Thellab Otaibi appointed to the post of Financial Advisor (Rank 15) at the Ministry of Health.

5- Sefer bin Sweyed bin Sefer Al-Ghamdi appointed to the post of Assistant Undersecretary of the Principality for Development Affairs (Rank 14) at the ) Baha Region Principality.

6- Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Khamis transferred from the post of Al-Mahd Governor / A Class (Rank 14) to the post of Security Advisor (Rank 14) at Madinah Region Principality.

7- Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Asker transferred from the post of Head Sector (Rank 14) to the post of Director General of General Budget (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.

8- Jamal bin Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Abdulhadi appointed to the post of Head Sector (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Finance.

9- Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Al-Mowais appointed to the post of Director General of Administrative and Financial Affairs (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Health.

10- Uqab bin Munahi bin Uqab bin Aboud appointed to the post of Director General of Health Affairs in Eastern Region (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Health.

11- Saad bin Abdullah bin Suleiman Al-Yousef appointed to the post of Petroleum Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

12- Yousef bin Abdullah bin Hamid Al-Hamed appointed to the post of Civil Service Advisor (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.

13- Sulaiman bin Hassan bin Mansour Al-Zughaibi appointed to the post of Director General of the Ministry's Branch in Riyadh Region (Rank 14) at the Ministry of Civil Service.


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.