Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Northern Borders Region launches digital platform

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan. (SPA)
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Updated 02 July 2020

Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Northern Borders Region launches digital platform

The digital platform for the “Developmental Initiative” was inaugurated on Wednesday by Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of Northern Borders Region, alongside Mohammed Al-Shehri, director of the Northern Border University, and government department directors of the region.
The digital platform aims to provide information, skills, and services to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurs.
The platform also includes icons for identifying premises of the developmental initiative “Tanmawi,” providing detailed information to investors about the competitive advantages of the region and investment opportunities available to entrepreneurs in all sectors.
Prince Faisal said the launch of the digital platform will contribute to opportunity and investment, update promising and new ideas in the region, and enhance opportunities for success, in addition to the platform documenting all events and activities of the initiative.
He praised the initiative’s achievement in giving a clear analysis of the elements of MSMEs and the resultant identification of the deficiencies and the drawing up of a practical strategy to address them.
Prince Faisal stressed the need to motivate entrepreneurs and increase the numbers of small and medium-sized businesses, in order to achieve the goals of Vision 2030. He also called for more efforts to serve citizens, by raising the proportion of the private sector’s contribution to GDP, and through self-sufficiency in goods and services, promoting exports, and a diversification in income sources.
The initiative was launched by Prince Faisal two years ago. It aims to grow the number of small and medium businesses, achieve sustainable development in the region, raise the region’s participation in the growth of GDP in the Kingdom, and make the region an attractive environment for investment, according to the goals of Vision 2030.
 


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.