E-services for private sector launched

Updated 01 September 2015

E-services for private sector launched

JEDDAH: Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani has launched a series of electronic projects and facilities provided to the private sector companies, the SPA reported on Sunday.
The projects and facilities include electronic visa issuance for the distinguished firms, which achieved the required Saudization rates, and e-recruitment portal and government approval gate whereby all the ministry’s services be shifted to e-based services away from the traditional procedures.
Al-Haqabani said in a statement that the services represent aspects of transparency to be followed by the ministry in a way that the distinguished company obtains services different from those obtained by ordinary firms.
The electronic visa issuance service for the distinguished firms is to give visa balance to medium green category firms, or higher, automatically.
These firms will also get government approvals in accordance with a set of regulations and conditions without need of scrutiny at the labor office in the context of facilities and support given to the sincere private sector companies.
The service will also allow appropriate number of visas immediately whereby the company could set up new activities or expand the existing ones as soon as they submit their applications to the ministry electronically.
He said the employment of Saudis makes the firm a distinct one and, thereby, qualify it to obtain premium services.
He said the ministry has worked to automate visa issuance through the government approval gate where the relevant authorities become the donor of visas, which will accelerate implementation of government projects that will be positively reflected on citizens.
The issuance of visas through the government approval gate will make recruitment of foreign workers a joint responsibility of the government and firms, he said.
On terms and conditions for the issuance of visas electronically, the minister said the firm should be in the medium green category or higher, their period of establishment should be more than six months, the number of required visas should not contribute to downgrade the firm below the medium green category, the firm should be committed to wage protection program, and the firm should be free from (negative) remarks of inspectors.

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.