Shoura panel says no to former drug addicts returning to their jobs

Updated 11 November 2014

Shoura panel says no to former drug addicts returning to their jobs

A proposal under consideration by the Shoura Council suggests the possibility of returning rehabilitated addicts to their former jobs after treatment. The security committee of the council has, however, rejected the proposal. Some members, on the other hand, quoted a survey indicating that 45 percent of current addicts are holding jobs at present.
The proposal, submitted by Shoura member Ahmad Al-Mufreh, called on the parties concerned to encourage rehabilitated addicts from both the public and private sectors to go back to their previous job once the rehabilitation program had been completed successfully.
Meanwhile, the security committee at the council stressed the need to find supportive and adequate solutions that help addicts to quit their addictions, including extending financial help to their families if they are entitled to it. However, the majority of the committee did not approve adding extra provisions to the anti-drugs system, and suggested resorting to the regulations and channels of the Ministry of Social Affairs, or amending the social insurance system to realize this goal instead.
The security committee considered the proposal submitted by Al-Mufreh as containing phrases and items unrelated to the subject matter of the anti-drug law and provisions, which itself did not include any specifications regarding the eligibility of the addict themselves, such the person's status as an employee, worker, unemployed, male, female, citizen or resident. The proposal, in comparison, included provisions that touch on the employment judgments that should apply on the affected employee, such as their retirement entitlements and subjection to guardianship if unable to act on their own. Such provisions, according to the security committee, are stated in other regulations and laws. The committee did not approve the proposal on these grounds.
Representing the minority of members from the security committee who had voted in favor of the proposal, member Abdulrahman Al-Atwi said that the proposal is very important, and that its provisions should be added to the anti-drug law, pointing to the increasing problem of drugs in the Kingdom.
The report submitted by the minority of the committee confirmed that the proportion of currently addicted persons in employment today exceed 45 percent of the total number of addicted in Saudi society. This percentage represents job categories such as doctors, officers, pilots and others. The survey indicated that 70 percent of prisoners today are detained due to drugs-related issues.

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

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