DiplomaticQuarter: Commercial activities vital part of US-Saudi ties, says official

US Agriculture Attache Alan Hallman with Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket, cutting cake after the festival opening. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 21 November 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Commercial activities vital part of US-Saudi ties, says official

  • Winners of a competition organized ahead of the event will go on a sponsored trip to the NASA in the US

RIYADH: Commercial activities are a “vital part” of the Saudi-US relationship, Alan Hallman, the US Embassy’s agriculture attache, said while inaugurating the Discover America festival at LuLu Hypermarket in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The week-long festival showcases high-quality food products from the US.

“To deepen our economic and commercial ties, the US Mission supports the bilateral relationship by helping US products to enter the Saudi market,” Hallman told Arab News.

“Saudi Arabia has a growing and increasingly diverse economy that presents rich opportunities for US firms in the food sector.”

While touring the festival, Hallman said: “US food producers are the world leaders in quality, safety and innovation. I’m happy to see the wide range of healthy US food products on display.”

He added: “This is another fantastic example of the strong commercial relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia.”

Last year, the Kingdom imported some $1.8 billion worth of US food and agricultural products, a third of them consumer-ready.

Hallman said this highlights the robust and growing economic relationship between the two countries, a key component of the strong bilateral partnership.

The festival’s opening ceremony concluded with an announcement of the winners of a competition organized ahead of the event. The winners will go on a sponsored trip to the NASA center in the US.

 


Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

RIYADH: The Ministry of Civil Service, through a strategic partnership with the e-government program “Yesser,” has linked central databases with 90 government agencies representing more than 86 percent of public sector employees.

The database connection was secured after the agencies completed the requirements for sending human resources data through the government integration channel according to the classification of groups specified by the ministry.

The ministry, represented by its Digital Transformation Agency, has provided more than 27 electronic services on its website, serving government agencies and public sector employees.

This includes the “Eltizam” (commitment) service to provide human resources data including personnel data, jobs, salaries, qualifications, leave and performance evaluation.

There is also the “My Career Data” platform, which enables civil servants and human resources specialists to review and correct data, providing access to historical career records and administrative transactions.

King Salman recently issued directives to government agencies to complete electronic connectivity with the Ministry of Civil Service, to provide human resources data within 120 days.

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What is Yesser?

It is a program that works as a link among Saudi government agencies in their e-transition journey. Yesser establishes, develops and manages several e-government initiatives and products in Saudi Arabia using the highest technical and security standards.