GCC labor ministers’ talks to focus on foreign workers

Updated 13 November 2016

GCC labor ministers’ talks to focus on foreign workers

RIYADH: The GCC labor and social development ministers are meeting Sunday for talks of mutual concern, foremost among them how to develop the council’s work, activate common working mechanisms and achieve the requirements of the Gulf union.
The four days of meetings were preceded by preparatory meetings of the secretariats of the above-mentioned ministries.
Mufrej Al-Haqabani, minister of labor and social development, will preside over the meetings during which Gulf ministers will discuss GCC countries' strategies in the field of labor and social development, the status of foreign workers in their countries and the challenges facing their directorates.
They will also discuss the annual report assessing the progress of programs meant to increase the rates of employment of national cadre in the GCC countries.
The ministers will discuss the benefits citizens receive from social services, in light of the joint Gulf market, and the proposal to form a mechanism to coordinate mutual charity work, as well as the development goals for the year 2030.
During the first session, establishments that distinguished themselves by giving jobs to the citizens of the Gulf states, owners of notable small projects in the Gulf and pioneering projects in the field of social work will be awarded.
The Council of Labor and Social Development Ministers in the GCC countries was established at the Manama conference in 1987 because of the critical historical phase the area was passing through and of the social and labor challenges, which are closely related to the development and wellbeing of Gulf citizens.
The council is made up of labor and social development ministers of the GCC countries, in addition to those of the Yemeni republic.


Uber, Al-Nahda honor Saudi female drivers

The Masaruky partnership between Al-Nahda and Uber aims to empower more women in Saudi Arabia to drive. Al-Nahda is a nonprofit organization established in 1963 to empower Saudi women. (Photo/Supplied)
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Uber, Al-Nahda honor Saudi female drivers

  • Masaruky’s participants and graduates had the opportunity to meet with staff members from Uber, Al-Nahda and partner organizations that have offered their services in support

RIYADH: Uber and Al-Nahda on Monday hosted a special ceremony to honor women who have benefited from the partnership between the two organizations and received a driver’s license from the Saudi Driving School.
The ceremony was held at the Riyadh headquarters of Al-Nahda, a Saudi nonprofit organization, where the first group of beneficiaries were honored by prominent guests from Al-Nahda, the Public Transport Authority, the Saudi Driving School and Uber.
Rehab Al-Ruwaili, a 24-year- old university student, benefited from this initiative. All her fees to the Saudi Driving School were paid for as she learned to drive and earned her license. “It was a great experience. Al-Nahda gave us so much support both emotionally and financially” she told Arab News.
“Getting my driving license has given me confidence that I can help myself and run my own errands without relying on outside help,” she said.
“It will help me secure a job, now that I have the means of transporting myself. In the past, we had to rely heavily on others.”
Al-Ruwaili said that through its work, “widows, single mothers and unmarried women can support themselves. It made me realize that marriage is not a priority to fulfil our financial needs.”
Masaruky’s participants and graduates had the opportunity to meet with staff members from Uber, Al-Nahda and partner organizations that have offered their services in support.
During the ceremony, Brooks Entwistle, Uber’s chief business officer – international, said he was “honored” to welcome Masaruky’s participants.
Mounira Al-Touq, a member of Al-Nahda’s board of directors, said: “This ceremony marks an important milestone in the partnership between Al-Nahda and Uber.”
Fawaz Al-Sahli, vice president of the Kingdom’s Public Transport Authority, thanked Al-Nahda, the Saudi Driving School and Uber for their cooperation in supporting the empowerment of Saudi women.
“We are on the road to empowering more women to lead and facilitate their access to economic opportunities across the Kingdom,” he said.