Fakeih: Job creation the main challenge

Updated 14 January 2014

Fakeih: Job creation the main challenge

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih listed major challenges facing the Saudi labor sector at the “Talent and Diversity Leadership Forum” in Riyadh on Wednesday.
“These challenges include the creation of new jobs in the private sector, ensuring the right skill level, and exerting efforts directed at the employment of women and the youth,” he said.
The minister said that there is an urgent need to provide jobs to qualified Saudis, emphasizing that there are hundreds of thousands of Saudis graduating annually from prominent universities who are in need of jobs.
He said that the private sector is expected to rise to the occasion and provide employment opportunities for them.
“They have expectations from us. We have to engender an environment receptive to our youth’s talent and inherent skills. Let’s capitalize on their capabilities,” he said.
He added that there is need to diversify human resources at the workplace, across the Kingdom, including in the suburbs and villages.
“However, the Saudi culture is limiting and restricting this vision of diversification. There is diversity in gender,” he said, adding that young people are a “huge resource for change toward development.”
The labor minister pointed out that success in diversification involves both genders, working in various fields such as engineering and other specializations.
Fakeih said: “If there’s a good and encouraging environment, there will be acceptance of diversification because of the ‘richness’ in treatment.”
“But how to achieve this? First, we in the Kingdom must accept and be proud of diversification in our society and in the workplace and try to achieve the vision of the Saudi leadership. There are hundreds of thousands of students graduating annually from prominent universities and there are also hundreds of thousands pf women who are capable and who have expressed interest in working,” he said.
There are also many scholars under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program who have to be given jobs, he added. “We have to employ them and benefit from their education, knowledge, skills and expertise.”
At present, there is an estimated 4 million handicapped individuals in Saudi Arabia, according to Nicholas Watson, managing director of Naseba, the main organizer of the event.
“About 183,000 of them are registered as looking for work and about 100,000 of them are capable of working if they were given proper training and education,” said Watson.
He added that the main obstacle holding back this segment of the Saudi society from seeking employment is the lack of transportation.
Citing statistics, Watson added that the unemployment rates for females and males in Saudi Arabia are 36 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.
“As we move from the information age to knowledge-based economies, we must remember that unlike other assets, no company actually owns its most precious asset and powerful resource, which is human capital,” he said.
He added that in today’s market, talent is in high demand, mobile, and will exercise all its options to fulfill its personal and professional aspirations.
He said that to sustain the growth of an organization or society, human resource strategies must be a priority.

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.