Crown prince commends security forces’ Haj efforts

Updated 28 September 2015
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Crown prince commends security forces’ Haj efforts

MINA: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, expressed pride toward the praise extended by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the efforts made by security officers in serving the guests Allah despite the tragic accident of the stampede in Mina.

He pointed out that this does not in any way downplay the efforts they made, and prayed to God the Almighty to grant forgiveness to the deceased and that they rest in peace in paradise, and prayed for the injured to be blessed with a speedy recovery.
The crown prince was speaking during an inspection visit to the Haj Control and Command Center at the headquarters of the Public Security in Mina.
The crown prince expressed his confidence in security sector members, stressing their efforts in performing their duties as best as possible.
Prince Mohammed bin Naif also followed up on security plans of the different Haj phases and gave directions to complete the remaining phases with utmost accuracy, especially the plans involving the Holy Sites and the Grand Mosque.
The crown prince was welcomed by Director of the Public Security and chairman of the Haj security committee Brig. Othman bin Naser Al-Mohrej, commander of Haj forces in the Makkah police, Maj. Gen.Abdulaziz bin Othman Al-Souli and Muhammad Al-Khelawi, commander of the Command and Control Center for Haj Security.
The crown prince checked the department of the Control and Command Center and was familiarized on the course of work and operations there, and the daily statistics monitored by the center during this Haj season.
He also checked the television monitoring and computer departments, as well as the traffic department, the criminal security division and the other security sectors participating in the Haj operations this season.
Following the visit, the crown prince held a meeting with the leaderships of Haj security where he was briefed on the tasks assumed by the Haj forces, and all other traffic and security plans in place during the Haj.


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.