Firm wins SR900,000 grant for Saudization efforts

Updated 07 August 2015
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Firm wins SR900,000 grant for Saudization efforts

RIYADH: The Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) has awarded a grant worth SR900,000 ($250,000) to Mondez Arabia, the Saudi Distribution company of Mondez International, for its continued commitment to training and development of Saudis nationals.
The HRDF award forms part of a series of grants and incentives aimed at increasing Saudi participation in the private sector. It supports the government’s efforts to increase the share of Saudi manpower while expanding work opportunities for Saudi women and boosting youth employment.
Saudi Nationals made up over 50 percent of new hires at Mondez Arabia, including regional business managers and national key account manager. This demonstrates the company’s dedication to developing a talented local workforce in a critical market, and highlights its support for the Ministry of Labor’s Saudization program.
In less than three years, Mondez Arabia has exceeded its employment targets by hiring over 90 full-time Saudi national staff.
This is the second milestone reached by Mondez Arabia in the Kingdom, where the global snacking firm had previously been recognized for its gender diversity, and hiring, training and development of women across both business and production functions. “We are extremely grateful to the government of Saudi Arabia and HRDF for this generous grant. It underlines our long-standing commitment to support the national effort to develop world-class, home-grown Saudi talent. The grant will help us attract the best candidates to launch and advance the careers of Saudis, while also supporting the country’s fast-growing food and beverage sector.”
Mondez International’s largest-selling iconic brands have been sold in the Kingdom for decades through its subsidiary Nabisco Arabia. Mondez International operates one of the largest internationally owned food and beverage plants in the Middle East.
Mondelez International, Inc. is a global snacking powerhouse, with revenues of $34 billion in 2014.
Mondez International and its predecessor, Kraft Foods, have been operating in the Middle East for more than a century, ever since Kraft Foods sold its first can of cheese in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1912.
Mondez International’s regional hub, located in Dubai, is responsible for operations, sales and distribution in more than 15 countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Pakistan, Iraq and Algeria.


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.