Vision 2030 based on three axes, Saudi women important element of Kingdom’s strength: Minister

Vision 2030 based on three axes, Saudi women important element of Kingdom’s strength: Minister
Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis stressed that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is based on three main axes: a vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious homeland. (SPA)
Updated 31 May 2018

Vision 2030 based on three axes, Saudi women important element of Kingdom’s strength: Minister

Vision 2030 based on three axes, Saudi women important element of Kingdom’s strength: Minister
  • The National Transition 2020 program contains 36 strategic objectives supporting empowerment, independence and self-reliance of Saudi women
  • The Kingdom is keen to support women’s employment and help overcome difficulties

JEDDAH: Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis stressed that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is based on three main axes: a vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious homeland.
“Saudi women are an important element of our strength. We will continue to develop talents and invest their energies to enable them to obtain appropriate opportunities to build their future and contribute to the development of our society and economy,” he said.
During his speech at the 107th International Labor Conference in Geneva, under the theme of “Women at Work” which addresses problems and issues that impede their role in the development of society, Dr. Al-Ghafis said that the National Transition 2020 program contained 36 strategic objectives supporting empowerment, independence and self-reliance of Saudi women.
“We aim to increase women’s participation in the labor market from 22% to 30% in 2030, which will contribute to an increase of 3% of non-oil GDP,” he added.
Dr. Al-Ghafis stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to support women’s work and help them overcome difficulties. They set goals to achieve this by increasing women’s participation in the labor market, increasing the contribution of productive families, facilitating businesses, developing the retail sector and increasing the number of small and medium enterprises.
He pointed out emphasis had been placed on enabling women to strike a balance between social life and work through the system of social welfare services, which provided women with greater opportunities without disrupting the family system.
Dr. Al-Ghafis noted among the initiatives aimed at economically empowering women in all regions of the Kingdom include; the “Qurra” program that was launched to support childcare services for working women, and the “Wusul” program to support the transfer of working women.
The ministry also launched the “Support for Self-Employment” program, which provides greater opportunities for women to receive better wages according to their skills, and the “Part-time” and “Remote Working” programs that enable women to strike a balance between work and taking care of the family,
He said the ministry has also set up programs to empower women in rural and remote areas and engage in the labor market, noting the results of these efforts increased the number of Saudi women employed in the private sector to about 565,000 by the end of 2017, which represents about 32% of the Saudi labor market.