Relentless campaign against Al-Qaeda gets crown prince Time honor

Updated 23 April 2016
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Relentless campaign against Al-Qaeda gets crown prince Time honor

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential People” by Time magazine.
Writing about the crown prince in the magazine’s special edition, former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said: “He plays an indispensable role protecting the Kingdom founded by his grandfather. He decimated Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, penetrating plots, cracking down on funding and promoting deradicalization.
“In 2009 he came to my office at Langley and described his encounter with a young extremist who had offered to renounce radicalism and turn himself in. Instead, the terrorist detonated a suicide bomb. Seated just inches from him, the crown prince walked away with only a few small cuts.
“Today he shoulders one of the heaviest burdens in the Middle East: Defending his country amid a rising tide of threats from Daesh, Al-Qaeda and a resurgent Iran.”


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.