King Faisal Foundation to host winners’ lectures

Updated 01 March 2015
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King Faisal Foundation to host winners’ lectures

King Faisal Foundation is hosting a series of lectures by the winners of King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) this year, according to Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled, secretary general of the foundation. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will present the award to the winners on Sunday.
In his statement, he said KFIP is keen to raise the international stature of the prize for promoting awareness about Islam and a spirit of innovative culture. He added that KFIP will host lectures by the winners at the awards presentation ceremony.
On Wednesday, Zakir A. Naik, winner of the International Prize for Service to Islam, will give a talk on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in various world religious books at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Prince Bandar pointed out that Zakir Naik’s lecture will deal with the Prophet’s mission as the Prophet of all humanity, not just for the Arabs or Muslims.
Naik, an Indian national, won the international prize for delivering hundreds of lectures at the seminars that explain the religion of Islam and defend its principles based on the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
According to him, another lecture next Monday on chemistry and applications of metals and organic frameworks will be delivered by Omar M. Yaghi, professor of physical sciences and biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Yaghi is the winner of the KFIP Science for this year’s award. The lecture will be held at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
On the same day, Michael Gratzel, a Swiss professor and head of the laboratory photonics, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and the winner of the same award, will give a lecture on solar energy: Solar cells simulator for installation photosynthesis at Al-Faisal University.


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.