KSA, Turkey explore ways to boost trade

Updated 15 April 2016

KSA, Turkey explore ways to boost trade

ISTANBUL: Saudi and Turkish officials on Wednesday explored the idea of joint trade and commercial centers to increase the volume of trade between the two countries.

The idea of the centers was proposed by Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade Bulent Tvenkja during a meeting with Minister of Commerce and Industry Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, who accompanied Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on his official visit to Turkey.
In a statement to reporters, Tvenkja said the establishment of these centers would raise the volume of trade between the two countries, while Al-Rabiah said the Kingdom was interested in further developing trade relations with Turkey and dubbed the idea “a good opportunity” to do so.
Al-Rabiah said the move comes as part of the ministry’s endeavor to establish high-quality trade, fight counterfeit and fake goods and facilitate trade between the two countries, noting that the ministry will fully examine the Turkish proposal.
Observers note that the proposed commercial centers will be different from free zones, where products from both sides will be offered with some tax breaks. Saudi Arabia would have the possibility of selling goods to Europe via Turkey, and Turkey would be able to sell its goods to the Middle East via Saudi Arabia.
The visit of King Salman to Turkey received considerable media attention with newspapers and other media outlets saying the visit marked a positive shift in bilateral relations, particularly in the light of international and regional circumstances.
Chairman of Star newspaper, Noah Olberak, said in a statement that the visit of King Salman and his accompanying business delegation was particularly important in view of the excellent relations at various levels between the two countries and would elevate them.
Economist Sadah Yilmaz said the visit would boost economic relations, promote investment and create new business opportunities. He said there would be a flurry of investments, especially by the Saudi side, in the near future.
“The visit of King Salman is the culmination of the previous meetings between the two countries, and emphasizes the depth of the historical relations between them,” he said.


Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

RIYADH: The Ministry of Civil Service, through a strategic partnership with the e-government program “Yesser,” has linked central databases with 90 government agencies representing more than 86 percent of public sector employees.

The database connection was secured after the agencies completed the requirements for sending human resources data through the government integration channel according to the classification of groups specified by the ministry.

The ministry, represented by its Digital Transformation Agency, has provided more than 27 electronic services on its website, serving government agencies and public sector employees.

This includes the “Eltizam” (commitment) service to provide human resources data including personnel data, jobs, salaries, qualifications, leave and performance evaluation.

There is also the “My Career Data” platform, which enables civil servants and human resources specialists to review and correct data, providing access to historical career records and administrative transactions.

King Salman recently issued directives to government agencies to complete electronic connectivity with the Ministry of Civil Service, to provide human resources data within 120 days.

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What is Yesser?

It is a program that works as a link among Saudi government agencies in their e-transition journey. Yesser establishes, develops and manages several e-government initiatives and products in Saudi Arabia using the highest technical and security standards.