Princess Haifa named Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to UNESCO

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Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, has been appointed Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia plays a prominent role in UNESCO and in November 2019 assumed membership in its Executive Council until 2023. (AFP)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Princess Haifa named Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to UNESCO

  • Princess Haifa worked as a lecturer at King Saud University from 2008 to 2009
  • The Kingdom plays a prominent role in UNESCO

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved the appointment of Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Abdul Aziz Al-Mogrin, to be the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Princess Haifa worked as a lecturer at King Saud University from 2008 to 2009. She has held key positions at the Ministry of Economy and Planning, including assistant undersecretary for sustainable development affairs since December 2017, acting assistant undersecretary for G20 affairs since June 2018, and head of the Sustainable Development Goals Sector between 2016 and 2017.
In 2007, she obtained a master’s degree in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2000 from King Saud University in Riyadh.

The Kingdom plays a prominent role in UNESCO and in November 2019 assumed membership in its Executive Council until 2023.
Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said earlier that the Kingdom will seek to extend cooperation with all members of the Executive Council, as well as preserving Arab culture and heritage, supporting innovation and technology for sustainable social development, and working to promote a tolerant global society.


Saudi minimum wage will apply to all existing, new workers: ministry

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Saudi minimum wage will apply to all existing, new workers: ministry

  • Minimum wage will be raised from from SAR 3,000 ($800) to SAR 4,000

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said that the decision to raise the minimum wage calculation for Saudis from SAR 3,000 ($800) to SAR 4,000 ($1,066) applies to all existing and new workers in the Saudi labor market.

The employee, earning less than SAR 4,000, will be accounted as “half worker” in (Nitaqat), Makkah newspaper quoted the ministry’s spokesperson, Nasser Al-Hazani, as saying.

He also added that this will be applied to the existing private sector employees as well as the new entrants.

The groups benefiting from the decision are all the private sector employees with wages subject to social insurance and salaries less than SAR 4,000, and not within specific groups, the official said.

Al-Hazani added that the ministry currently does not possess any statistics regarding the number of beneficiaries, with wages ranging between SAR 3,000 to SAR 4,000 per month. However, it is working in cooperation with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) to create statistics for such beneficiaries.

According to the data available on Argaam, the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Ahmad bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, recently issued a decision to raise the minimum wage calculation for Saudis in Nitaqat from SAR 3,000 to SAR 4,000.

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