Saudi Arabia prepared to cater to global oil demand

King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2019

Saudi Arabia prepared to cater to global oil demand

  • GCC’s armed forces ready to confront any terrorist threat

RIYADH: King Salman chaired the Cabinet session held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The Cabinet addressed the Kingdom’s assertion during its participation in Russian Energy Week — that it was ready to meet world oil demand following efforts to restore supply capabilities within 72 hours of last month’s oil field attacks.
These efforts strengthened the Kingdom’s position as the most reliable, safe and independent oil exporter.
The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of official talks held with President of the Sudanese Supreme Council Gen. Abdulfattah Al-Burhan and Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk.
Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah, in a statement to SPA, said the Cabinet reviewed reports on the latest regional and international developments.
He highlighted the final statement of the 4th extraordinary meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Military Committee, held in Riyadh, to consult on current threats and situations and to achieve greater GCC military coordination.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet approved amendments to commercial mortgage system.

• First phase of transport networks in some cities and provinces also approved.

• Reports on latest regional and international developments reviewed.

He stressed the readiness of the GCC’s armed forces to confront any terrorist threat or attack. He condemned assaults on the Kingdom and the violation of GCC member airspace.
He also condemned attacks on oil tankers and threats to maritime navigation.
The Cabinet drew attention to the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property’s nomination to lead the International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Union), and its nomination to be vice president of the International Patent Cooperation Union. The minister said this recognition showed the global standards achieved by the Kingdom in different sectors.
The Cabinet authorized ministries to sign agreements with friendly countries in different sectors.
It approved amendments to the commercial mortgage system, and a first phase of transport networks in some cities and provinces.


Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

Saudi Justice Ministry. (SPA)
Updated 29 January 2020

Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

  • More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems

JEDDAH: The minister of justice and president of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, has ordered the appointment of Shorooq bint Mohammed Al-Jadaan as deputy director-general for alimony affairs. She is the first woman to assume a leading position at the alimony fund.
The fund aims to ensure alimony is paid to beneficiaries as quickly as possible, and help achieve a financial balance for families, in fulfillment of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
“This appointment is not surprising from a ministry and a country that has taken upon itself to ensure equity and empowerment for women in all governmental and private sectors,” said Saudi lawyer Nujood Qasim.
Such decisions strongly support efforts to raise the level of participation by women in the workforce, one of the goals of Vision 2030, by providing a wider range of career options and encouraging them to play a bigger role in the development of the country, Qasim added.
The second phase of the alimony fund was launched in November 2019. It has achieved a number of successes since its inception, in particular improving the speed of responses to requests and communication with applicants and beneficiaries through its online platform.
It has also reduced the time taken from final approval of applications to the payment of alimony, which can now be done in a matter of hours.
The Ministry of Justice has implemented a number of initiatives in the past few years to increase the number of female employees and improve their representation in promoted positions. In late 2017, it started to provide special sections for women in courts around the country and appoint female notaries. Previously it was rare for women to work in courts.
Women can now work as social researchers and administrative assistants. More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems.
In addition, there has been a huge increase in the number of registered female lawyers, from only 10 in 2013 to 487 by November last year.