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.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 58 min ago

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”