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MiSK’s focus on youth

MOHAMMED bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Charity Foundation (MiSK Foundation) has taken various initiatives for the encouragement of Saudi youth and to hone their skills in different professions.
The organization is primarily concerned with three major areas: Culture, media and education. All these areas, as we all know, are very important and their promotion and uplift is directly linked to the development of the youth population. In this context, MiSK Foundation is taking effective measures to spot Saudi talent in the field of new media and to encourage them to utilize their talent in this emerging field. In the education sector, the foundation has signed a series of training deals with reputed institutions such as INSEAD business schools and Harvard for the development of educational initiatives for future leaders.
The objective of these initiatives is to create educational content for MiSK schools and other educational institutions. These initiatives will help the country produce a new generation of talented and educated youth who will contribute to the growth of the Kingdom. In today’s world, it is necessary to pay attention to scientific research and to promote new inventions and innovations. The MiSK Foundation is leaving no stone unturned to bring about a revolution in the teaching of science-related subjects in the Kingdom.
The last two elements play a key role in the development of entrepreneurship and business leaders plus key aspects of the industrial sector. In today’s world, business leaders are supposed to be creative thinkers who have the ability to innovate. WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter could be cited as examples in this regard.

— By Thamir bin Fahad Al-Said


Localization drive

THE Saudi manpower grew by 11.6 percent in Q2, 2016 to hit 5,661,554 compared to figures of the same quarter of the previous year, according to the data released by the General Authority for Statistics (GAS).
The GAS report also touched on the issue of localization. It said that the Labor Ministry had fixed criteria for the calculation of the volume of localization (Saudization) in the private sector companies and their points in the Nitaqat Program.
The current stage needs raising the quality of localization and generation of attractive job opportunities in a way to eradicate non-productive localization. According to the criteria set by the Ministry of Labor for localization, we find that there is relevance between the work environment and the number of Saudis working in the private sector.
However, some shortcomings may occur from the employees themselves such as their absence or non-compliance to labor standards, which may have a negative impact on the structures of companies.
Firms in the Saudi labor market need practical and real localization based on clear-cut principles based on the requirement of the Saudi market, notably in sectors selected by the ministry.
The ministry is currently working on the localization of pharmacies and sales sectors following the Saudizaton of mobile sales and service sector. Localization of new sectors should be carried out in gradual phases.

— By Shu’a Al-Dihailan


Terrorism has no religion

ONE of the most important facts of our life is that criminals of different nationalities and religions carry out terrorism. There is no proof that terrorism is originated from one specific country or committed by people who believe in a certain religion. Therefore, it is totally wrong to insist that one known country is exporting terrorism to the world.
All of us know about various terrorist outfits based in the West. These criminal organizations have been creating problems for the western communities for a long time. Today, many terror outfits try to give religious justifications to their crimes and use religion as a cover up. We should understand that they are acting in contrast with the teachings of their religion.
In this regard, people who know little about Islam usually try to blame our religion for various global issues, which is of course very wrong. Islam has nothing to do with the actions of these unscrupulous elements. Similarly, there are many terrorist outfits whose members are predominantly Christians or Jews but they have nothing to do with any religious ideology.

— By Abdullah Farraj Al-Sharif


Supporting our soldiers

SACRIFICES offered by members of the Saudi armed forces, in general, and in the southern border areas, in particular, are huge whether in defense of their homeland or for the protection of the Yemeni people.
The heroic actions of our soldiers in the southern border areas will remain a model and a beacon for our present and future generations.
On the other hand, the one who are martyred in these areas deserve our appreciation and, hence, we have to stand with them with all we have, either through invocation (dua) or providing as much as we could.
The royal order about paying one-month salary to the participants in the front lines of the “decisive storm” and “hope restoration” operations had a big and positive impact on the hearts of our brave soldiers.
They deserve all moral and material support. Our business community needs to extend a helping hand to our brave soldiers. They need to do more as part of their corporate social responsibility.

— By Mohammed Masoud Al-Qahtani


Iran’s dirty game

IRAQI religious figure Husain Ismail Al-Sadr recently said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the real supporter of the Arab countries.
He said that the Kingdom was still providing all assistance to Iraq and other Arab countries as well as all services to pilgrims without any discrimination.
This statement is an honest one and issued by an individual who cares for the interests of Iraq but there are “Iranian-paid voices” within Iraq accusing the Kingdom of supporting Daesh terrorist group. The accusation is totally ridiculous.
Iran has created more than 120 militias in Iraq without the consent of Iraqi rulers while some of the turban-wearing figures are being exploited to endorse Iran’s criminal acts against the Iraqi people.
The question here is: Are these militias working for the integrity of Iraq, or to disintegrate it?
The “project to export 1979 revolution,” as announced by Iran’s key military officials, comes through Tehran’s war in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Our ambassador in Baghdad Thamer Al-Sabhan through his twitter account said that the Kingdom’s policy was clear against terror and its instigators and against sectarianism in all forms.
He said that the presence of Iranian terrorist figures near Fallujah was an indication that they wanted to perish the Iraqis by stoking sectarian tensions in the war-torn Iraq.
It also indicates that they want to change Iraq’s demography, a matter that is not denied by Iranian mullahs, he pointed out.

— By Nasir Khilaif


Politicizing Haj

THE Kingdom has been spending huge funds for the development of the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah.
The spending is not limited to the expansion of the two holy mosques but covers all facilities including transport and other sectors.
Meanwhile, protection of pilgrims is the top priority of our leaders since the establishment of the modern-day Saudi Arabia.
The Ministry of Interior ensures the security of pilgrims and takes all possible measures to prevent activities that may negatively affect the pilgrimage. Every year, the government agencies take all measures to ensure the success of Haj.
Muslims around the world appreciate the Kingdom’s efforts in this regard. The control over Haj permits in the last few years is a good evidence of the importance of organization through Haj campaigns.
The Haj season had never been and will never be allowed to stage political demonstrations, as such activities hamper Haj operations and affect the overall environment and may also threaten the security of pilgrims.