Blacklist of contractors ‘could deter laggards’

Updated 19 December 2014
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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.


Saudi commission signs deal to boost cybersecurity education

Updated 35 min 38 sec ago
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Saudi commission signs deal to boost cybersecurity education

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian National Commission for Cyber Security has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to allocate 1,000 scholarships over five years for students looking to specialize in cybersecurity.
The agreement hopes to prepare qualified Saudi specialists in cybersecurity.
The Commission will set up the educational requirements and criteria for successful applicants of both genders in coordination with the sector’s core needs.
The Commission is also to specify the appropriate universities and institutions that will deliver the necessary programs.
The new agreement will help meet ‘Vision 2030’ goals to build national capacity in all sectors to meet market demands.
The agreement also aims to meet the new targets of Saudi student’s scholarship as set by King Salman, setting out choice of speciality to reflect market demands.