Shoura asks GACA to make Saudi airports among top ranks globally

Updated 23 March 2017
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Shoura asks GACA to make Saudi airports among top ranks globally

RIYADH: The Shoura Council asked the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) Wednesday to establish a strategic vision to make Saudi airports among top ranked globally, achieve competitiveness, ensure safety and serve customers in the best manner.
This came in a decision of the Council after comments made by members on a report presented by the Committee of Transport, Telecom and IT based on the GACA’s annual report.
The Council also directed the GACA to allocate a special path in domestic and international airports for the handicapped and elderly people.
The Council also listened to a report presented by the Committee of Islamic and Judiciary Affairs based on the annual report by the Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta.
The Committee asked the Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta to take necessary actions for the appointment of muftis in other branches of the presidency and create jobs for the approved departments.
One female member urged the Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta to conduct an analytical study on divorce and how to minimize it.
In another development, the Committee of Haj, Housing and Services presented a report on the annual report by the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY).
The Committee asked the RCJY to employ a national work force to replace foreigners in plants operating in the two industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu. It also recommended to raise the ratio of Saudis on the teaching staff in colleges and institutes affiliated to the RCJY.
One member asked the RCJY to attract investments in downstream industries while another member called for creation of similar industrial cities.
Later, the Council discussed a report presented by the Committee of Water, Agriculture and Environment on a draft system of dealing with plant genetic sources for food and agriculture.
In its recommendations, the Committee recommended approval of the system and the creation of a national commission of plant genetic sources for food and agriculture.
At the outset of the session, the Shoura Council approved a draft memo of understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan in the area of sports. The Council also approved two draft memos of understanding between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Japan in energy and industry fields.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC).

Al-Mutairi received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University in 1992. In 1997, she obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.

She began her career as a lecturer in the chemistry department of King Faisal University, from 1993 to 1994, before lecturing at the University of Bristol for three years.

In 1998, she became an assistant professor of human genetics at Harvard University, and two years later she joined Perkin Elmer as a scientific research consultant in biological sciences in the US until 2002.

A year later, she joined Hospital Aramco as a preventive medicine consultant. She then headed the department of public medical relations, and served as an acting director of the department of medical technical support services, and the head of quality and patient safety from 2007 to 2010.

With Saudi Aramco, she headed the manpower planning and analysis department for a year, before she became the project manager of the Aramco Accelerated Strategic Transformation Program from 2011 to 2012.

Al-Mutairi ran her company, Heemah for Business Services between 2014 and 2017.

She also helped with the establishment of the National Competitiveness Center, and coordinated the partnership between Johns Hopkins Hospital and Aramco Healthcare.

In 2017, Al-Mutairi served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and investment.