Who’s Who: Mohsen Al-Qurashi, general manager at Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development

Mohsen Al-Qurashi
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Updated 24 July 2021

Who’s Who: Mohsen Al-Qurashi, general manager at Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development

Who’s Who: Mohsen Al-Qurashi, general manager at Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development

Mohsen Al-Qurashi has been the general manager of localization paths at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development since October 2019.

He is in charge of overseeing National Transformation Program initiatives related to future work patterns (freelancing, teleworking, and flexible working hours), supervising the issue of ministerial decisions related to these patterns, and launching platforms for these future work patterns.

He was project control and reporting manager at the National Housing Co. from 2017 to 2019, managing the support team tasked with the delivery of service excellence by championing change and promoting best practices.

He was a project manager at the Social Development Bank between 2013 and 2017 and led the creation of the first SMEs care center, Dulani, in Saudi Arabia.

He designed and ran a tailor-made SME mentoring program, Wajihni, for 120 recipients and assisted the counseling of 60 SMEs in the areas of finance and marketing research.

Between 2012 to 2013 he was the office manager of Kilpatrick Townsend Law Firm in Riyadh, where he developed procedures and governance plans.

Between 2010 to 2012, he was a research assistant at the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. Between March 2009 and April 2010, he was a planning officer at the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization.

He has a higher diploma in mentoring for small businesses from King Saud University and a bachelor’s degree in science, business administration, and quantitative methods from King Saud University.


Saudi cabinet welcomes leaders ahead of Saudi and Middle East green initiative summits

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (SPA)
The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 19 October 2021

Saudi cabinet welcomes leaders ahead of Saudi and Middle East green initiative summits

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (SPA)
  • The Cabinet hailed the government’s success and efforts in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday welcomed world leaders, representatives and participants ahead of two environmental conferences that the Kingdom is set to host this week.
Saudi Arabia will host the inaugural Saudi Green Initiative Forum and the Middle East Green Initiative Summit in the capital, Riyadh, from Oct. 23 to 25.
The two initiatives were announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March and aim to reduce carbon emissions by 60 percent in the region and plant 50 billion trees in the world’s biggest afforestation project.
The Council of Ministers made the statement during its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM.
At the beginning of the session, the king briefed the Cabinet on the content of a letter he had received from Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, regarding the strong and solid relations that bind the two countries and peoples and ways to support and strengthen them in all fields.
The ministers reviewed the meetings and discussions that took place between the Kingdom and a number of countries over the last few days, to enhance aspects of joint and multilateral cooperation at various levels, and work to intensify coordination on regional and international issues.
Acting Minister of Media Essam bin Saad bin Saeed said that the Council of Ministers addressed the Kingdom’s statement during a G20 meeting held last week, of its interest in reforming the global economic system through the “Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the World Trade Organization,” which was approved by G20 leaders last year.
Ministers also stressed the Kingdom’s commitment “to continue supporting its business to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and comprehensive growth that creates a prosperous and promising future for the region and the world.”
The Cabinet hailed the government’s success and efforts in confronting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and limiting its effects on all aspects of life, due to the strict proactive and precautionary measures, the efficiency of the health sector, and the rapid progress in the immunization campaign, with almost 45 million doses administered throughout the Kingdom to date.
The Cabinet authorized the foreign minister to sign a cooperation agreement with Honduras, and the information minister and chairman of the Radio and Television Authority to sign a cooperation agreement with Vietnam.
Ministers also approved a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission and the Sudanese Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority in the field of communications, information technology and post.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives letter from Bahraini counterpart on bilateral relations

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Bahrain’s ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Bahrain’s ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 19 October 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman receives letter from Bahraini counterpart on bilateral relations

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with Bahrain’s ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (SPA)
  • King Salman sends a letter to president of South Sudan regarding bilateral relations and ways to develop them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday received a written message from his Bahraini counterpart King Hamad, regarding the strong and solid relations that bind the two countries and peoples, and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields and at all levels.
The message was received by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, during a meeting with Bahrain’s ambassador to the Kingdom Sheikh Hamoud bin Abdullah.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest.
Meanwhile, King Salman sent a letter to Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, regarding bilateral relations and ways to support and develop them in all fields.
The message was delivered by the Saudi ambassador to Sudan and non-resident ambassador to South Sudan, Ali bin Hassan Jaafar, during a meeting with Kiir at the presidential palace in the capital, Juba.
The president praised relations with the Kingdom, stressing his keenness to strengthen and develop them. He also praised the Kingdom’s role and its regional and international influence and initiatives.


UN delegation briefed on Saudi agency’s reconstruction work in Yemen

UN delegation briefed on Saudi agency’s reconstruction work in Yemen
Updated 19 October 2021

UN delegation briefed on Saudi agency’s reconstruction work in Yemen

UN delegation briefed on Saudi agency’s reconstruction work in Yemen
  • SDRPY has undertaken more than 204 projects and initiatives in numerous Yemeni governorates

RIYADH: Mohammed Al-Jaber, general supervisor of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), met a high-profile delegation from the UN International Organization for Migration.

The IOM team included Christa Rottensteiner, chief of the organization’s mission for Yemen; Firas Budeiri, the mission’s senior coordinator in Yemen; and Fawzi Al-Zyoud, director of the IOM’s office in Saudi Arabia.

The meeting took place at the SDRPY’s headquarters in Riyadh and began with a presentation on the program which to date has undertaken more than 204 projects and initiatives in numerous Yemeni governorates.

The schemes have been concentrated in the health, education, water, agriculture, fisheries, and transportation sectors, helping to build the capacities of government institutions and development programs.


Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 49 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 49 new cases
Updated 19 October 2021

Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 49 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 2 COVID-19 deaths, 49 new cases
  • Health ministry says 38 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours
  • Ministry of Commerce records 742 violations against precautionary measures in past two weeks

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,767.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 49 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,018 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 90 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 16, followed by Jeddah with nine, Jubail with three, and Makkah and Al-Darb confirmed two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 38 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,037.
Over 44.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 20.8 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Health ministry spokesman Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly praised the active role of the community in complying to the precautionary measures, which has led to a significant decrease in the number of critical cases and new daily infections throughout the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce said it carried out 46,887 inspection visits during the past two weeks, to ensure that commercial establishments were adhering to coronavirus preventative measures. Authorities recorded 742 violations.
A fine of up to SR100,000 ($26,660) is imposed on first time offenders and the fine is doubled for repeat offenders and the facility risks closure.
Saudi municipalities have also ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 1,340 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities on Monday, and found 78 businesses in violation of the precautionary measures.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 242 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.92 million.


Saudi interior ministry’s high-tech revolution draws crowds at Dubai’s GITEX

Saudi interior ministry’s high-tech revolution draws crowds at Dubai’s GITEX
Updated 19 October 2021

Saudi interior ministry’s high-tech revolution draws crowds at Dubai’s GITEX

Saudi interior ministry’s high-tech revolution draws crowds at Dubai’s GITEX
  • Saudi pavilions have managed to steal the limelight, receiving the largest turnout of visitors and specialists in the field of technology and smart solutions
  • The ministry’s pavilion is showcasing a revolution in digital transformation and smart solutions in the Kingdom thanks to the Absher platform

DUBAI: The Saudi Ministry of Interior is taking part in the Dubai GITEX Technology Week 2021 held at the Dubai World Trade Centre by showcasing a myriad of entities and companies.

Saudi pavilions have managed to steal the limelight, receiving the largest turnout of visitors and specialists in the field of technology and smart solutions.

The ministry’s pavilion is showcasing a revolution in digital transformation and smart solutions in the Kingdom thanks to the Absher platform.

Eng. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for security capabilities and chairman of the supervisory committee of the Ministry’s pavilion at the exhibition, said that the ministry is taking part in the event for the seventh time.

This year’s slogan is “Technical Solutions for a Safe Homeland,” and the exhibition is focusing on a unified platform featuring various security and service authorities in the ministry through five main axes, he added.

The topics covered are: Digital enablers and their role in governance to serve customers, ministry services for pilgrims, dealing with events, crises and work procedures, the future of services and security operations, and the role of modern technology in combating crime and making cities safer.

The technology behind the Absher app is also showcased. The mobile service allows people in the Kingdom to use a variety of government services. The app helps ministry staff manage resources and digitally implement internal procedures and support services for employees.

The ministry’s role in preserving the environment and its initiatives in the field of innovation are also being highlighted at the pavilion, with topics and issues presented in interactive ways, introducing visitors to the efforts and achievements of participating sectors.

Al-Rabiah said that the Saudi government has invested in the Ministry of Interior to improve the quality of services provided in light of Saudi Vision 2030.

“Other projects launched under the umbrella of Vision 2030 include the Unified Security Operations Center 911 project, the Midan application, which has witnessed a big deal of digital transformation, as well as the services provided by the Absher platform, one of the largest government platforms in the Kingdom offering 333 services to some 23 million users and beneficiaries,” he added.

The Vision Realization Office in the Ministry of Interior submitted a working paper under the theme “The Ministry of Interior within Saudi Vision 2030” at the Leaders Vision conference held on the sidelines of GITEX Week.

Sultan Al-Mutairi, the head of the Vision Realization Office who submitted the working paper, told Arab News that the research shed light on the ministry’s efforts under the Quality of Life and Doyof Al-Rahman programs, in addition to the contributions of the ministry within Saudi Vision 2030, including the development of e-government and rollout of high-quality services to pilgrims.

“The paper also highlighted the Kingdom’s progress in international security indicators and the contribution of the Ministry of Interior to a number of initiatives and future projects within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030,” said Al-Mutairi.

Col. Adel Al-Asmari, director of the Unified Security Operations Center 911 project in Riyadh, said that the center not only highlighted technical shifts in receiving and passing security communications, but also its efforts in managing crises and disasters through a specialized section comprising all security, service and emergency sectors, which enables it to manage any crises — such as the COVID-19 pandemic — professionally and comprehensively.

The Saudi Export Development Authority is also taking part in GITEX Technology Week 2021 with the participation of more than 26 Saudi ICT companies.

It comes under the umbrella of the “Made in Saudi Arabia” program, a national initiative of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, which aims to increase domestic consumption and the market share of domestic goods and services, increase Saudi non-oil exports in priority export markets and enhance the attractiveness of the Saudi industrial sector to domestic and foreign investment.

The Saudi Technology and Security Comprehensive Control Co. Ltd. (Tahakom) is also taking part through a package of advanced technical programs and solutions. Tahakom’s pavilion showcases its capabilities in public safety and intelligent mobility by introducing new products and innovative technologies, such as smart city solutions, smart parking solutions, traffic safety software technologies as well as supercomputers.

The exhibition saw also the participation of various Saudi service agencies and companies, including the Sakani program, one of the most prominent technical programs launched in the Kingdom, which offers numerous technical solutions to beneficiaries and people seeking housing.