Prisoners will be taught handicrafts

Updated 17 May 2014

Prisoners will be taught handicrafts

Prisoners serving jail terms in the Kingdom will be given training in handicrafts to enable them to secure a decent living on their release.
The National Program for Handicraft, a flagship program of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Prisons General Department (PGD) and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) to train prisoners on how to produce handicrafts.
“The memorandum of uynderstanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salman, SCTA president, Rashid bin Mohammad Al Zahrani, deputy governor of TVTC, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim bin Mohammad Al Hamza, director general of PGD and Jasir bin Sulaiman Al-Harbash, general supervisor of the national program for handicrafts,” an SCTA official said Thursday.
The official added that the MoU seeks to incorporate handicrafts training programs in the Kingdom’s prisons, in addition to developing prisoners’ skills to enable them to train their colleagues. The MoU also stipulates that the three parties cooperating on the initiative will undertake the responsibility of marketing the prisoners’ products.
The agreement aims to secure job opportunities for prisoners who complete the training and reward them with cash prizes on their release.
The training program will enable prisoners to acquire financial support for future endeavors once they complete their jail terms and encourage charitable associations as well as voluntary and nongovernmental organizations to provide training courses to prisoners.
At the end of the signing ceremony, the director general of PGD presented a commemorative gift to Prince Sultan representing a portrait made by one of the prisoners illustrating Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.
The official indicated that the SCTA has recently concluded a tourism awareness program for members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia).
The educational and training programs fall under the partnership between the SCTA and CPVPV, which aims to enhance cooperation and coordination between the parties.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.