Blacklist of contractors ‘could deter laggards’

Updated 19 December 2014

Blacklist of contractors ‘could deter laggards’

Delay in some contractors completing government construction projects has prompted calls from experts to draw a blacklist with the names of these companies. This would prevent delay in construction projects, said Mohammad Al-Qahtani, professor of International Business in King Faisal University, and one of the experts to come up with the blacklist idea. He said the job of preparing the draft should be designated to the Saudi Council of Engineers and the National Anti-Corruption Commission, or Nazaha.
Al-Qahtani, however, feared that this list might not see the light of day because some contractors are well connected and can avoid being penalized. He called for making use of the experiment of Aramco which implements projects without delays.
Former chairman of the contractors' committee in the Eastern Province Saleh Abdullah Al-Sayed stressed the importance of forming a committee with representatives from the Saudi Council of Chambers.
Al-Sayed also suggested that the committee should evaluate projects, point out reasons behind delays and verify contractors' classifications.

UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019

UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.