Saudi Shoura Council sees importance of voluntary work in community

Shoura Council in progress. (File photo)
Updated 22 February 2018

Saudi Shoura Council sees importance of voluntary work in community

RIYADH: The Committee of Social Affairs, Family and Youth at the Shoura Council has called for the approval of a draft voluntary work proposal.
Having listened to the report in their 20th ordinary session on Wednesday, a number of members supported the proposal and its importance to the community.
In another decision, the Council asked the Saudi Red Crescent Commission (SRCC) to coordinate with the private health sector in finding a joint work mechanism when providing emergency services and providing suitable insurance coverage for emergency vehicles to ensure quality services.
The Council further called for the appointment of a specialized and neutral agency to evaluate the efficiency of the SRCC’s structural, financial and technical elements in order to properly carry out its duties.
Later, the Council listened to a report presented by the House Committee of Transport, Communications and Information Technology based on the annual report of the Transport Ministry. The members asked the ministry to explain the reasons behind the rapid deterioration of roads, and suitable solutions for this situation. The members also asked the ministry to include in its upcoming reports safety initiatives to minimize deaths arising from road accidents.
In another decision, the Council asked the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) to assess the economic impact of its investments in terms of income and employment in its industrial cities.
After deliberations on a report presented by the House Committee of Hajj and Housing on the annual report of the RCJY, one member asked for a proper assessment of the RCJY investments that will allow independently fixing the profitability of each project.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.