Shoura Council Speaker meets newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

Updated 24 April 2019

Shoura Council Speaker meets newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

  • Al-Sheikh congratulated the ambassadors on their appointment, and underlined the importance of the council in the governing of the country and in establishing links with parliaments around the world

RIYADH: Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh said on Tuesday the newly appointed Saudi ambassadors have a central role in strengthening ties with the Kingdom’s partners.

Al-Sheikh welcomed ambassadors to the US, Indonesia, Georgia and Cameroon to the council headquarters in Riyadh.

He congratulated the ambassadors on their appointment, and underlined the importance of the council in the governing of the country and in establishing links with parliaments around the world.

The envoys said they recognized the role of the council in strengthening ties between the Kingdom and other countries through mutual visits and parliamentary friendship committees.

Al-Sheikh also highlighted the Shoura Council’s role in national decision-making and parliamentary diplomacy.

The Shoura Council speaker is scheduled to visit Pakistan today. He has been invited by Pakistan’s Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to further the bilateral relationship between the two countries and boost cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, according to a statement issued by the chairman Senate’s office.

“The visit is a continuation of the Parliamentary linkage firmed up by a visit of chairman senate of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last year,” the statement added.

During the visit, the visiting Saudi official will hold meetings with Pakistan's top civil and military leadership including President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Sanjrani, Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser and army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Other than the high profile engagements, the delegation will also be given guided tours to Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, and Ministry of Ports and Shipping at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services on where officials will brief the visiting delegation on China Pakistan Economic Corridor and the development work and future prospects of Gwadar respectively.


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.