Saudi Arabia's human resources minister says time for business to resume

A Saudi jeweller in Riyadh during Ramadan. The government has offered guidance on getting economic activity in the Kingdom going again. (Reuters)
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Updated 27 May 2020

Saudi Arabia's human resources minister says time for business to resume

  • Ahmed Al-Rajhi said it was important to maintain a balance between health protection and the needs of the economy

RIYADH: The time has come for Saudi Arabia to open businesses and restart commercial activity, the minister of human resources and social development said on Tuesday.

Ahmed Al-Rajhi’s comments come as the Kingdom announced several steps to reduce the lockdown implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“I feel proud of our sons and daughters working in various sectors, who have responded to this pandemic with strength, steadfastness and sincerity,” Al-Rajhi said on state TV.

“During the past months, the state apparatus, through their harmonious and integrated work, have proven their worth in managing the crisis caused by this pandemic.

“Now, after stopping for a period of two and a half months, it is time for businesses to return and open activities, as it is an essential component in pushing the economic wheel.”

The minister said it was important to maintain a balance between health protection and the needs of the economy.

He said reopening businesses did not mean measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had been lifted.

Businesses must familiarize themselves with the measures specified by the health ministry for each sector, Al-Rajhi said.

He said getting activity going again while controlling the spread of the virus “will preserve labor market gains in employing male and female citizens, and expand to creating new future jobs.”

Al-Rajhi praised public sector workers for managing to work remotely during the lockdown and keep services going.


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.