E-services for private sector launched

Updated 01 September 2015
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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.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.