Localization program receives a shot in the arm with 178,219 firms expressing support

Saudi men attend a technical education evening class at an electrical workshop as part of a pioneering programme for extending skills, in government efforts to build a more self-reliant economy after the collapse of global oil prices, in Riyadh, in this May 2, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 18 December 2017

Localization program receives a shot in the arm with 178,219 firms expressing support

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s program “Support the growth of localization of enterprises” is making great strides, with 178,219 establishments having expressed support.
This was announced recently by Khaled Aba Al-Khail, spokesman for the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, citing the program’s latest statistics.
The ministry spokesman added that the program contributes to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, with an increasing participation by Saudis in the labor market.
Aba Al-Khail added that the program serves all establishments in the private sector, which are active members of the social insurance system administered by the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI).
He said that the social insurance fund contributes a percentage of the monthly social insurance contribution on behalf of the establishments whose number of employees has increased.
He pointed out that the support for employees is directed to the enterprises with the goal of stimulating the employment of Saudi nationals.
He added that the insurance fund also aims to fill the wage gap and cover the costs of placement as well as on-the-job training, among other things.
Aba Al-Khail called on all establishments in the Kingdom to avail themselves of the benefits under the program, adding that those who wish to register may enter the account of the establishment on the GOSI website.
Earlier, many respondents in the Bayt.com “Nationalization in the GCC” poll revealed that the Kingdom has effective localization policies.
A majority of KSA respondents (60 percent) believe their current workplace has effective localization policies, with 37.04 percent believing that the policies are very effective.
Fewer than one in 10 respondents believe localization policies at their place of work are not effective at all.


Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Updated 13 August 2020

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

  • Saudi Green Building Forum granted accreditation as an observer to UNEP governing body

RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs.
Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society.
SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN.
“The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments.
As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said.
“As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said.
SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development.
For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet.
Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said.
“UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and
most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.