KSA, Finland sign pact on telecoms

Updated 04 November 2014

KSA, Finland sign pact on telecoms

Saudi Arabia and Finland signed a memorandum of understanding here Tuesday in the telecommunications sector.
Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister of education, science and communications, signed the agreement with Mohamed Jamil bin Ahmed Mulla, minister of communications and information technology at the Saudi ministry’s offices.
“It is a wide ranging agreement in Information and Communication Technology to further enhance bilateral cooperation,” Kiuru said.
This includes broadband, digital media and cyber security. Nokia has already done a great deal in facilitating further cooperation between the two countries, she said.
Kiuru said her visit was “an effort to seek wide-ranging cooperation of mutual interest.” Her priorities are education and communication because Finland is one of the world’s leaders in these sectors.
She said Finland has agreements on education in the Kingdom, with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and a kindergarten program.
“We believe in quality education. We would like to make sure that our sources are reliable and ensure vocational training faces up to the challenges of the growing Saudi market.”
Kiuru is accompanied by a huge delegation comprising senior officials and technical experts in education and telecommunications. She said that many countries are seeking to follow the model of the Finnish education system, which is free for citizens, as it is in Saudi Arabia.
The minister visited several institutions of higher learning in Riyadh including King Saud University, the TVTC, King Abdullah Project for Public Education Development (Tatweer) and Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, which “impressed” her.
She also met with members of the Shoura Council to discuss further cooperation including a student exchange program.
Kiuru said that Finland has invited the Saudi telecoms minister to Helsinki to bolster cooperation in the field.


Kuwait Airways to cut 1,500 jobs due to coronavirus

Updated 28 May 2020

Kuwait Airways to cut 1,500 jobs due to coronavirus

KUWAIT: Kuwait Airways will lay off 1,500 foreign employees due to the impact on its business by the coronavirus pandemic, the state-owned airline said on Thursday.
The job cuts will affect non-Kuwaiti employees and be across the airline, it said in a tweet, without disclosing which departments the lay-offs would come for.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas earlier reported the airline was cutting 25% of its 6,000 workforce, though employees holding Kuwaiti or Gulf citizenship would not be laid off.
The newspaper also said employees married to Kuwaitis would be safe from the job cuts.