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.


Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

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Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Abdulrahman Al-Fadley has been the Kingdom’s minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015.

He has extensive experience in operational management, as well as expertise in project and investment management.

He is chairman of the Saudi Arabian Grains Organization, the Irrigation and Drainage Authority, the Agricultural Development Fund, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, the Saudi Wildlife Authority, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, the National Water Co., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC). 

Al-Fadley has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh.

He worked in the petroleum industry for 13 years before joining Almarai food company in 1996, where he was the general manager and deputy CEO of its main factories in Al-Kharj.

He was then appointed CEO of Almarai between 2000 and 2015.

He also served as the chairman of International Dairy and Juice Limited, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Almarai, and also chaired the Dairy and Food Polytechnic, which Almarai established in collaboration with the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training to nationalize the dairy product industry.

Al-Fadley was chairman of the United Farmers Holding Company’s board of directors, a SALIC board member, and a member of the engineering board of King Saud University’s College of Engineering.