Printing sector needs skilled Saudi workers

Updated 20 September 2015

Printing sector needs skilled Saudi workers

JEDDAH: The government needs to ensure that more Saudis are trained to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the printing sector, said members of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) recently.
While local printing presses are employing women to move out of the Red Zone of the Nitaqat quota system, the JCCI’s printing presses committee said there are 3,500 vacancies alone in the western region.
Investors said during the meeting that the issue of nationalizing technical jobs in the sector is the most obvious threat to their businesses. They have been able to counter this danger to some extent by hiring Saudis, especially women, in administrative jobs, and binding, accounting and marketing departments.
Investors said that they cannot find many trained Saudis for the sector because of lack of training institutions. Students do not want to study at the training facilities in Riyadh and Jeddah, they said.
Investors said the introduction of digital technology in the sector would be costly but eventually ensure higher quality and production.
Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the committee, said Saudis do not want to work in the sector because they do not find it attractive. In addition, businesses pay low salaries of about SR3,000 a month. The sector did establish a training facility but Saudis did not turn up for training, he said.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 56 min 47 sec ago

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.