Saudi Labor Ministry, GAZT sign data exchange deal

Updated 04 November 2017

Saudi Labor Ministry, GAZT sign data exchange deal

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Thursday said it has entered into an information-sharing agreement with the General Authority for Zakat and Income Tax (GAZT).
The agreement “aims to enhance cooperation between the two entities, as well as implement a suitable mechanism that allows them to obtain data they need in order to efficiently carry out their tasks,” the ministry said.
The agreement includes information exchanges in the fields of data verification, follow-up and updating, it said.
This will avoid mistakes in data entry and assist in the launch of facilities and e-services, it added.
The ministry said the agreement reflects its keenness, and that of the GAZT, to raise awareness about the need for establishments to submit Zakat and income statements in order to avoid penalties.
The signing ceremony was led by Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Humaidan, and GAZT Gov. Suhail Abanmi.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.