5.3 million expatriates legalize their status

Updated 03 September 2013

5.3 million expatriates legalize their status

The Ministry of Labor said that 5.3 million foreign workers legalized their work status during the grace period, which began on April 3.
“The ministry is currently making plans to arrest labor regulation violators when the grace period comes to an end on Nov. 3, after which it will begin rigorous inspections,” said Abdullah Abuthnain, undersecretary for Inspections and Development at the Ministry of Labor.
More than 1.5 million workers transferred their sponsorship to new employers and 1.3 million changed their work description, while 2.5 million changed their residence permits, Al-Hayat daily reported on Sunday.
Abuthnain said the ministry organized training programs for inspectors to teach them to look for violations in establishments where violations are more likely to occur.
Abuthnain said the ministry would also supply special vehicles for its inspectors to visit locations across the Kingdom.
He said that the ministry plans to implement a project for private establishments for self-correction.
“The establishments will supply us with all the information we want to check. We will verify matters with the help of private sector companies,” he said.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.