Tajikistan envoy hails Saudi Arabia’s development in various fields

Tajikistan envoy hails Saudi Arabia’s development in various fields
Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal presents a memento to Tajik Ambassador Akram Karimi at his office in Buraidah on Monday. (SPA)
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Updated 05 January 2021

Tajikistan envoy hails Saudi Arabia’s development in various fields

Tajikistan envoy hails Saudi Arabia’s development in various fields

BURAIDAH: Tajik Ambassador Akram Karimi called on Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal at his office in Buraidah on Monday.
During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest and ways to boost ties between the two countries in different field.
The envoy praised the pace at which Saudi Arabia is developing in various fields.
In a separate meeting with the top officials of the Technical and Vocational Training Center in Qassim, the governor lauded the role of the center in training young Saudis to enable them join the local market and contribute to the national development.
He highlighted the importance of empowering young Saudi women and supporting them in realizing their potential and join the national workforce.


25 new paths allocated at Makkah's Grand Mosque

25 new paths allocated at Makkah's Grand Mosque
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25 new paths allocated at Makkah's Grand Mosque

25 new paths allocated at Makkah's Grand Mosque
  • The presidency has also prepared new prayer areas inside the Grand Mosque

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has allocated 25 new paths at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in order to provide comfort for visitors, while implementing precautionary measures. This comes in light of the increasing number of worshipers and Umrah performers to the Grand Mosque.
The presidency arranged social distancing stickers for the 25 new paths around the Tawaf (circumambulation) area to keep pace with the preparations for the Umrah season. It also allocated paths for people with disabilities in accordance with the precautionary measures.
The presidency has also prepared new prayer areas inside the Grand Mosque and its courtyards for Umrah performers in order to ensure their safety. The Saudi authorities aim to focus on the construction and maintenance works at the Two Holy Mosques. SPA Makkah
Earlier, the presidency announced that it has so far trained around 600 female employees of its agencies or assisting agencies.
The Women’s Development Affairs Agency, led by Al-Anoud Al-Aboud, deputy president for women’s development affairs, employs 310 of those women.
Around 200 women work for the Agency for Women’s Scientific, Intellectual and Guidance Affairs, led by Noura Al-Thuwaibi.
The rest of the trained women work at the Agency for Women’s Administrative and Service Affairs, under the leadership of Kamelia Al-Daadi, the general presidency said.


Saudi Ministry of Justice digitizes 50m title deeds 

Saudi Ministry of Justice digitizes 50m title deeds 
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Saudi Ministry of Justice digitizes 50m title deeds 

Saudi Ministry of Justice digitizes 50m title deeds 

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Justice has digitized more than 50 million title deeds as part of the Real Estate Wealth Digitization Initiative. 
Launched as part of the ministry’s National Transformation Program 2020 initiatives, the title deed digitization project aims to enhance property services and simplify property management procedures through central digitization facilities.
The facilities operate round the clock and are the largest of their kind in the Middle East. 
The digitization process starts at the courts and notary public offices, where documents are accounted for and compiled, data is entered and audited. Later on, the documents are processed for transfer to the central digitization facilities for disinfection, restoration, photography, archiving, auditing and quality. 


Session held in Saudi Arabia on human development

Session held in Saudi Arabia on human development
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Session held in Saudi Arabia on human development

Session held in Saudi Arabia on human development

RIYADH: A dialogue session was held in Riyadh on the details, objectives and initiatives of the Human Capacity Development Program, titled “Global Competitive Citizen.”
The program is considered one of the most important under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The session was held with the participation of Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi, Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Al-Khorayef, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Education and Training Evaluation Commission Dr. Khaled Al-Sabti.
During the event, Al-Rajhi addressed the program’s contribution to bridging the gap between education and training institutions based on labor market requirements. 
Al-Sheikh said that the program will serve as a comprehensive strategy for the development of human capabilities, starting from kindergarten and passing through general and university education, technical and vocational training, and entry into the labor market until the post-retirement stage.


First human rights dialogue between EU and Saudi Arabia held 

First human rights dialogue between EU and Saudi Arabia held 
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First human rights dialogue between EU and Saudi Arabia held 

First human rights dialogue between EU and Saudi Arabia held 
  • Saudi reforms welcomed; future talks scheduled for 2022

RIYADH: The EU welcomed reforms taking place in Saudi Arabia, and noted that “significant steps” have been made to advance women’s rights in the Kingdom.
The appreciation came in a press release by the EU External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service, on Tuesday, following dialogue between Saudi Arabia and the EU in Brussels on Monday on a wide range of topics.
EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore led the EU delegation, while the Saudi delegation was led by the Saudi Human Rights Commission president, Awwad Saleh Al-Awwad. Representatives from EU member states also attended as observers.
Gilmore tweeted: “I co-chaired, with Al-Awwad, the first ever Human Rights Dialogue between the EU and Saudi Arabia. A very big agenda. Engagement matters.”
A spokesman for the Saudi Human Rights Commission told Arab News: “Al-Awwad highlighted the most prominent reforms achieved in the Kingdom in human rights, pointing to the short period during which they were achieved, and stated that the most important factor that contributed to achieving these reforms is the presence of a political will represented in the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
The EAS press release added: “The EU welcomed the reforms that are taking place in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the socio-economic domain, and significant steps have been taken to advance women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.”

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The appreciation came in a press release by the EU External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service, on Tuesday, following dialogue between Saudi Arabia and the EU in Brussels on a wide range of topics.

The EU encouraged Saudi authorities to work towards achieving women’s full enjoyment of all human rights.
The dialogue included planned judicial reforms and acknowledged the changes recently introduced in the kafala (sponsorship) system, including the reforms of labor laws that came into effect in March 2020. The EU’s ambassador in Riyadh, Patrick Simonnet, told Arab News: “We were very pleased to host the first EU-KSA Human Rights Dialogue. We had been preparing this dialogue, which is unique for our bilateral relations, for some time and we were satisfied to see that the meeting was successful.”
The envoy added: “This is the first human rights dialogue that the Kingdom (held) with an international partner and we are excited that it was held with the EU. We have discussed a series of issues related to human rights, including the recent reforms for women’s empowerment, labor rights as well as the upcoming reforms in the penal code. We also explained the work of the EU in the field of human rights and we hope that we will be able to coordinate actions with Saudi Arabia in international fora.
“This dialogue has built upon the excellent relations we have established locally with the human rights commission, especially under the leadership of Dr. Al-Awwad. We are looking forward to more fruitful and comprehensive cooperation with the Kingdom on human rights,” Simonnet said.
Saad bin Mohammed Al-Arifi, the head of the Saudi mission to the EU, welcomed the discussions, pointing to the efforts made by the two sides in this context, adding he hoped this dialogue would support solid relations between the Kingdom and the EU.
The rights commission outlined that the two sides also reviewed reforms achieved in freedom of expression and association, the rule of law, religious freedom, the right to work, and means of cooperation between the two sides within the framework of the UN.
The co-chairs agreed to convene the following Human Rights Dialogue in 2022 in Saudi Arabia.


Authors society, 1st Saudi literature association to be set up in Saudi Arabia

Authors society, 1st Saudi literature association to be set up in Saudi Arabia
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Authors society, 1st Saudi literature association to be set up in Saudi Arabia

Authors society, 1st Saudi literature association to be set up in Saudi Arabia
  • The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s recently announced plans to build a diverse system of non-profit regional organizations including the formation of 16 professional associations in 13 cultural sectors

JEDDAH: A new professional literature association is to be established in Saudi Arabia to encourage writing talents and raise standards.
Ahmed Al-Rajhi, the Saudi human resources and social development minister and chairman of the board of directors of the National Center for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector, gave his approval for the setting up of the organization, the first of its kind in the Kingdom.
The association will aim to improve the standards and skills of the country’s writers while encouraging the formation of literary societies throughout the Kingdom operating under one umbrella.
The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s recently announced plans to build a diverse system of non-profit regional organizations including the formation of 16 professional associations in 13 cultural sectors.
Chairman of the new association, Dr. Saleh Al-Ghamdi, said: “The association welcomes all writers and those interested in literature in the Kingdom, and it will be a supportive umbrella for the sector’s employees.”