711,000 citizens provided with jobs in last 5 years

Updated 27 September 2015

711,000 citizens provided with jobs in last 5 years

RIYADH: A report by the Human Resources Development Fund revealed that more than 711,000 male and females Saudis have been employed during the past five years.
The report described the figure as the largest in the field of job nationalization compared to any previous period.
The report asserted the continuous efforts of the fund to support Saudization plans in the coming years through the appropriate initiatives in cooperation with various concerned bodies.
These efforts come to keep abreast of the economic movement in the country, reduce unemployment levels, and to meet the demands of the labor market professionally.
The fund stressed the importance of consistency between training and employment programs, noting the high number of workers in employment centers, at more than 1,000 Saudis.
Meanwhile, the Labor Ministry noted in a recent report that the number of Saudi women employed in the private sector is 466,000, compared to 146,000 expatriate female workers.
The ministry noted the launch of five women's employment programs, including the direct recruitment program, the regulation of women's work in women's supplies stores, the Saudization of women's jobs in the industrial sector, the remote employment program, and the productive families program.
Riyadh region topped the list of women's employment by employing 174,000 females, followed by Makkah (114,000), the Eastern Province (68,000), Madinah (13,000), Qasim (11,000) and Asir (8,500).
The report also pointed to the increased number of the electronic services currently being provided by the ministry, with 20 services, compared to only three services in 1432.
The report also said the online services have been stopped for 11,000 establishments last year for various violations.
About 12 million beneficiaries benefited from the electronic services in one year, said the report.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019

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.