Greater govt support for tourism urged

Updated 19 December 2012
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Greater govt support for tourism urged

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, yesterday urged the government to support economic sectors that would create more jobs for Saudis.
“The tourism is growing as a new and vital economic sector with state support,” the prince said while addressing SCTA’s annual ceremony. Labor Minister Adel Fakeih attended the event.
“I am happy to host Labor Minister Fakeih in this annual ceremony. He is a man of varied backgrounds with experiences in trade, government service, charitable work, engineering and finance,” he said.
Prince Sultan highlighted the importance of the Labor Ministry, saying it determines the present and future of citizens. “Employment in any country is a vital issue of security and stability,” he added.
Prince Sultan said the tourism could create more job opportunities for Saudis. The rate of Saudization in the tourism sector has reached 26 percent, becoming the second largest sector that employs Saudis.
“Tourism jobs in the Kingdom account for eight percent of the total,” the SCTA chief said and commended Saudis for accepting jobs in the sector.
He said the government should focus more of its spending on those economic sectors that create more jobs for Saudis. “Tourism can create sustainable job opportunities for Saudis, especially in remote areas, reducing pressure on major cities,” he added.
He emphasized the future role of economic sectors in creating jobs for citizens. Even those people who do not possess any educational qualifications can start small scale projects in this sector.
Prince Sultan said the Saudi tourism sector is capable of making remarkable progress with government and private sector support. However, he pointed out that shortage in finance was obstructing the Kingdom’s tourism development. “Last year we received only SR 70 million to finance tourism projects.”
He hoped the government would adopt a number of decisions by the end of this year to boost the sector. “All government departments have now realized the importance of tourism sector,” he added.
Fakeih also highlighted the importance of tourism as a major job creator. “Studies have proved that government support would enable the tourism sector to create more jobs,” he added. He said the ministry has introduced a program with the support of Human Resource Development Fund to train Saudis to take up jobs in the tourism sector.
Prince Sultan presented a memento to the labor minister. He also honored a number of personalities who support domestic tourism.


Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa distributes aid packets among poor families in Comoros. (SPA)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

  • The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032
  • The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago

Comoros’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hamid Karhila, has commended the development efforts carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) in his country. 

He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the MWL for its initiative launched by Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.

Karhila said during a visit to the headquarters of the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD): “The new Comorian government aims to keep this cooperation with the MWL. This would help achieve more developmental and humanitarian projects that serve the Comorian people.”

Secretary-General of the IARCD Abdul Aziz Sarhan said: “The Muslim World League will continue to provide assistance and stand with the needy in all countries around the world.”

Sarhan said that the association carried out various humanitarian, medical and relief projects in the Comoros at a cost of SR10,916,645. These projects benefited 1,104,969 people between 2006 and 2017.

The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032, which benefited 971,333 people. 

The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago. These institutes graduated thousands of students who occupy some of the highest positions in the Republic of the Comoros.

The MWL is also building a mosque at a cost of SR200,000 and working on the construction of an artesian well that cost SR130,000, as well as two surface wells at a cost of SR20,000.