Interior Ministry inks deal to develop border guard sector

Updated 23 September 2015
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Interior Ministry inks deal to develop border guard sector

JEDDAH: Recently, the Interior Ministry signed an agreement with the German Interior Ministry to collaboratively develop the Kingdom’s Border Guard system, as well as provide future advice and training in various security matters. Following the signing of the deal, the German Interior Ministry intends to open an office in Riyadh in order to ensure the proper implementation of the agreement’s provisions.
The agreement stipulated that no officer or person withour proper authority can directly enter the Border Guard office to assume any task, except with the permission of the Director of the Office.
Further, no person is allowed to use the premises as a shelter, or for purposes inconsistent with its objectives. The office, including its assets and funds, shall also enjoy full immunity against any search or seizure, or any executive action, in addition to the full protection of the archives and documents contained within the premises. According to the agreement, the office has also been exempted from customs duties.
The agreement stated that the employees of the office and workers of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) will abide by the Kingdom’s regulations and will take into account its traditions and customs.
Further, such employees shall not interfere in its internal affairs or conduct any activity outside the scope of their roles. The members of the office will also enjoy judicial immunity during the course of their work.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.