Ministry to launch television channel for small enterprises

Updated 07 October 2012
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Ministry to launch television channel for small enterprises

Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja, Minister of Labor Adel Fakieh and Minister of Commerce and Industry Tawfiq Al-Rabiah have announced new procedures that their ministries will adopt to support young business men and women.

Khoja said his ministry will launch a TV channel focusing on young people and is aimed at shedding light on young people’s enterprises, plans and hopes, and it will be run by qualified young Saudis. The ministers made their remarks at the Fifth Young Businessmen Exhibition that concluded this week in Jeddah. The labor minister said the ministry is continuing to implement King Abdullah’s continuing directives to support young businessmen and the small enterprises sector.

The sector is facing challenges such the fact that the 800,000 small enterprises that constitute 90 percent of all companies and private establishments registered in the Saudi market has become a hotbed for tasattur, known as cover-up businesses where foreigners run businesses under the names of paid Saudis.

Therefore these enterprises’ statuses and the problems that obstruct their benefits to the economy and people must be studied. As a result, a mechanism enabling a smooth coordination between ministries and other government agencies to support them must be reached, said Fakieh.

 


Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

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Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow its citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.