Water tariff to rise 50% next month

Updated 03 November 2015

Water tariff to rise 50% next month

RIYADH: The Ministry of Water and Electricity will raise by 50 percent tariff for water and sanitation services provided for government bodies and large industrial and commercial establishments starting Dec. 16.

The ministry has set special pricing for water for those who benefit from water service only, and another pricing for those benefiting from both services.
The price of both services will be calculated by the water meter, where SR3 has been added to beneficiaries of the services. Receipt fees will remain unchanged.
An official at the ministry said residential houses are excluded from the increase.
The source added that the Ministry of Water and Electricity plans to apply the new tariff and improve sanitation services on Dec. 16 in all regions of the Kingdom as a way to reduce the high rate of water consumption and rationalize its use.
The change in pricing will depend on the amount of water consumed per month. The new tariff will be SR9 per cubic meter in case users benefit from both water and sanitation services and SR6 per cubic meter in case consumers use only the water service. The cost will depend on the water consumption amount and the number of meters.
The ministry stressed that the studies carefully prepared during re-pricing will have a minor financial impact and will not negatively affect citizens, yet they will have an impact on limiting the high consumption rates and preserving water resources.

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

Updated 24 April 2019

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.