Shoura members seek restructuring of HRDF

Updated 02 October 2012
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Shoura members seek restructuring of HRDF

Some Shoura Council members are demanding an overhaul of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) to cope with the increasing demands of the job market.
Members made the demand while discussing a report of the council’s Human Resources and Administration Committee during a sitting in Riyadh on Sunday.
The council also described the annual report of the HRDF for the year 2009 as vague.
“HRDF has not dealt with the issue of distributing training and employment opportunities in all provinces alike as it focused only on some particular provinces,” the report of the council’s committee that studied the HRDF report said.
The committee also observed that women got only an insignificant share of the opportunities for training and employment offered by the HRDF even though the rate of unemployment among women is high.
The committee stressed the need to pay more attention to small and medium enterprises (SME) because of their potential to solve the unemployment issue in the country.
The council also made a majority decision that the Ministry of Social Affairs should prepare a bill to regulate the business activities of productive families. The bill should enable the productive families to generate more job opportunities besides helping them market their products without hurdles. It asked the Social Affairs ministry to open special schools for mentally disabled in coordination with the Ministry of Education.
The council asked the Saudi Monetary Agency to instruct Saudi banks to arrange special teller machines for disabled people to draw their pensions and other grants distributed by the General Organization for Social Insurance.
Meanwhile, Director General of HRDF Ibrahim Al-Muaeqel said a new women’s employment program in collaboration with private companies would be launched shortly.
The program aims at finding employment at home for female graduates of universities and technical institutes. Women can stay home and their work will be sent to them online.
“The program will be experimentally implemented in a few cities at first and extended to other places after rectifying any flaws,” Al-Muaeqel said.
Under the project, the HRDF will support training programs for women graduates and subsidize their monthly salaries when they get jobs. The jobs that are found suitable for women to work without going to office include translation, web designing, customer service and e-marketing.
Private companies are likely to be attracted to this kind of work arrangement as they need not create any special women-only sections for such workers.
The program will also be helpful to people with special needs.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 July 2019
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.