Sweden to train female Saudi entrepreneurs

Sweden to train female Saudi entrepreneurs
Swedish business delegates in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2017

Sweden to train female Saudi entrepreneurs

Sweden to train female Saudi entrepreneurs

RIYADH: Sweden will train female Saudi entrepreneurs under a new agreement signed on the sidelines of the first Saudi-Swedish Joint Committee meeting in Riyadh early this week.
The agreement was inked by Ghassan Ahmed Al-Sulaiman, governor of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and Annika Rembe, director general of the Swedish Institute in the presence of Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi and Swedish Minister of Trade Ann Linde, who visited the capital to attend the joint committee meeting.
According to a diplomat from the Swedish Embassy in Riyadh, under the training program, initially 20 Saudi female entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the program. These programs will be carried out both here and in Sweden according to the nature of the programs.
During the opening session of the Saudi-Swedish Joint Committee, Al-Qassabi stressed the need to build bridges of fruitful and constructive cooperation between the two countries. “Having strong relations and common interests between Saudi Arabia and Sweden is an important incentive for increasing trade and economic relations, and for developing joint ties among the business communities in both countries,” he added.
“The rapid changes in global conditions and the transformations based on advanced and modern technology have made it important for Saudi Arabia to adopt Vision 2030, which is based on a diversified economy and an open market. It is imperative for us to work together with our partners around the world to achieve our common goals and interests,” the minister said.
“This is a great advantage for further cooperation to develop trade and investment, and for realizing the aspirations of the leaders of the two countries,” Al-Qassabi noted.
Linde praised the achievements of the Kingdom in the last decades at all levels, especially in the fields of infrastructure, health, education and others, stressing the desire of the Swedish private sector to build business and investment partnerships with the Kingdom.
During a visit to the Swedish Embassy, Linde inaugurated the solar panels that now provide energy to the entire embassy and residence, which will decrease their emissions by 540 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The buildings of the mission used 110,000-120,000 kWh per year. “The solar panels installed will produce approximately 142,000 kWh per year, covering the needs for the embassy buildings and charging two batteries for use during the nights and cloudy days,” the official said.


Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy
Updated 49 min 59 sec ago

Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy

Saudi rights chief receives Swiss envoy
  • Saudi Arabia is witnessing a qualitative leap in the field of human rights

RIYADH: Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller called on the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Awwad Al-Awwad, at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday.  

During the meeting, they discussed several issues related to human rights. The Saudi rights chief highlighted the Kingdom’s measures for the protection of human rights. 

Saudi Arabia is witnessing a qualitative leap in the field of human rights. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program is at the forefront of these reforms intended to focus on humans. 

Among over 60 recent decisions made to improve the situation of human rights in the Kingdom, 22 were related to women.  

These included issuing such laws as the Protection from Abuse Law and the Anti-Harassment Law, eliminating the guardianship system, allowing women to drive, ensuring greater female participation in the workforce, especially the legal sphere, dedicating a call center for domestic violence issues, establishing the Family Affairs Council (one of whose committees is devoted to women’s affairs) and setting up courts for family cases. 

In November 2020, the Kingdom eased the sponsorship system for foreign expat workers, including contract restrictions that gave employers control over the lives of around 10 million migrant workers.