New ‘comprehensive’ website to serve Sri Lankan expatriates

IN FOCUS: Sri Lankan Consul General M. Faizer Mackeen logs in the new website in Jeddah. (AN photo)
Updated 05 October 2016
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New ‘comprehensive’ website to serve Sri Lankan expatriates

RIYADH: The Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah launched a comprehensive website on the first day of the new Islamic year to enable the country’s expatriates to avail themselves of its services, and for others to have a glimpse into the island’s tourist and economic potentials for mutual benefits.
The website, scgjeddah.embassy.gov.lk, will help to promote Sri Lanka in all aspects, with a provision to contact government officials and even the country’s president, prime minister and other top officials at a click of a button.
Designed and developed by Consul General M. Faizer Mackeen, the site was formally launched by Attaché Victor Wijetunga, senior officer at the mission at the request of Mackeen.
The site has been technically projected by Geeth Jayalath and Sameera Dananjaya Wijeratne with a team from Trans Technologies.
”The web portal is a referral website to the world at large, especially to the people of the Kingdom, providing enhanced information on trade, investment, tourism, and foreign employment, supported with lots of other features,” Mackeen told Arab News.
He pointed out that the best part of the website is that companies and organizations can have their enquiries or complaints on existing matters registered at the mission.
”Migrants working in the Kingdom would also have the opportunity to forward their problems through this website without visiting to make a complaint personally about their grievances,” he added.
He said the website also gives an important opportunity for Sri Lankans to communicate with the consul general’s office on matters related to their work and stay in the Kingdom.
Haj and Umrah operators are also covered on this website.
During the next Haj or Umrah season, he said operators would be called upon to form their respective list of pilgrims in the system with their names, date of birth, and other details to enable the mission to coordinate activities and monitor their movements till their departure back to Sri Lanka without leaving room for overstay in the Kingdom.
Moreover, he said this web portal would act as a useful reference to trading activities in the absence of an attaché at the mission to handle the trade affairs of the mission.
“Promoting Sri Lanka as a destination for Arab tourists, as well as for Saudis visiting for business, are our primary concerns,” he said, pointing out that Saudis can also apply for entry visas to the island through the portal of the immigration department.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.