500K Indian workers arrive in 16 months

Updated 06 May 2015

500K Indian workers arrive in 16 months

Nearly 500,000 Indian workers have arrived in the Kingdom to work since the signing of an agreement between both countries in January 2014 to manage and organize the recruitment of domestic workers, according to a source at the Indian ministry.
The total number of Indian workers has now reached about three million, making them the largest group of expats in the Kingdom, the source said.
He said that the authorities in India have not received any requests from the Kingdom to amend the recruitment agreement, including the provision which stipulates that sponsors must pay a guarantee of $2,500 for each worker.
The source at the Indian ministry said that the Indian government does not encourage the export of its citizens abroad in the same way that other countries do, unless the citizens themselves desire to work abroad. He noted that the agreement with the Kingdom exists only to ensure that the rights of Indian citizens who wish to work abroad are guaranteed and maintained.
In response to reports that recruiting domestic workers from India costs between SR18,000 and SR21,000 per worker and takes between five and eight months to secure, the source said: "Recruitment offices are the ones responsible for pricing, not embassy officials, while costs are usually determined by market demand".

Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019

Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.