8,016 cases of abuse recorded in one year

Updated 16 December 2015
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8,016 cases of abuse recorded in one year

RIYADH: The Ministry of Social Affairs handled 8,016 cases of physical and psychological abuse during the past Islamic calendar year that ended on Oct. 13.
This is according to Abdullah Al-Mohsen, director general of social protection at the ministry, who said that it had dealt with 7,234 reports from individuals contacting officials about abuse.
Al-Mohsen was quoted as saying in a local publication on Monday that Riyadh Province topped the list with 1,924 reports, followed by Makkah with 1,835 and the Eastern Province with 1,101.
Al-Jouf had 56 reports and 61 cases, the Northern Border 56 reports and 60 cases, and Najran 40 cases and 87 reports. The ministry received 23 reports from women, 16 from males under 18 years of age, and 20 from those between 19 and 35 years of age.
Seventy percent of the cases involved physical and psychological abuse. There were no cases of sexual abuse, suicide or neglect recorded. A total of 57.5 percent of the cases involved violence between spouses, which were resolved amicably, the ministry stated.
Most cases were reported on the phone number 1919 provided by the ministry; others by fax. All cases were handled according to the current legislation and with full confidentiality, the ministry stated.
Commenting on domestic violence in the country, Ali Zakri, head of the psychology department at Najran University, said that cases involved physical and psychological abuse stemming from “frustration, desire for revenge or self-defense.”
Zakri said a study conducted in Arab countries found that men were more likely to be the perpetrators because of their physical strength. It showed that these societies tolerated violent behavior.
The study also showed that level of education was a factor in domestic abuse cases, with uneducated wives making up 77 percent of victims, and educated wives only 4 percent, he said.
Abdulaziz Al-Khamis, director general of the ministry in Najran, said a great deal was being done to raise awareness about violence and abuse, especially among those most vulnerable. This includes information on legal protection, with visits to schools and through community events.
Ibrahim bani Hamim, the head of the committee against violence and abuse at the Najran health department, said cases are recorded at hospitals and then monitored. There is complete confidentiality maintained, he said.
The ministry stated that cases are dealt with in terms of severity and then passed on to the relevant departments or counseling bodies. The ministry provides shelter for victims needing protection, including the provision of food and clothing.


Forum aims to boost Saudi-Japan trade ties

Updated 18 June 2019
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Forum aims to boost Saudi-Japan trade ties

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.