KSA among top 40 countries investing in research

Updated 08 February 2015

KSA among top 40 countries investing in research

Saudi Arabia was among the top 40 countries investing in research and development (R&D) areas in 2014, local media said, quoting a report by Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).
The report, based on studies carried out by a US research firm, said Saudi Arabia allocated 0.3 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) for R&D.
On the other hand, Qatar allocated 2.8 percent of GDP for R&D, which put the tiny Gulf country on a par with major countries such the United States and Germany, the report said.
Meanwhile, the GPCA has announced the launch of the 2nd research and innovation forum in Dubai from March 16 to 18 and stressed the role of innovation as a key growth driver to the petrochemical industry in the GCC countries.
Secretary-General of GPCA Abdulwahhab Al-Sadoun said efforts to stimulate innovation in the GCC countries are still in their early stages. However, increased spending on R&D will positively affect other nonoil sectors, he was quoted as saying. The growth in the number of innovation and technological centers in the GCC countries is a positive indication, he said.
The number of patents on the petrochemical sector in the GCC countries has reportedly grown fivefold in the last decade.

Based on data released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the number of patents in chemistry for GCC researchers grew to 288 in 2013 compared to 48 in 2004.


Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Civil Service Ministry links up with 90 other agencies

RIYADH: The Ministry of Civil Service, through a strategic partnership with the e-government program “Yesser,” has linked central databases with 90 government agencies representing more than 86 percent of public sector employees.

The database connection was secured after the agencies completed the requirements for sending human resources data through the government integration channel according to the classification of groups specified by the ministry.

The ministry, represented by its Digital Transformation Agency, has provided more than 27 electronic services on its website, serving government agencies and public sector employees.

This includes the “Eltizam” (commitment) service to provide human resources data including personnel data, jobs, salaries, qualifications, leave and performance evaluation.

There is also the “My Career Data” platform, which enables civil servants and human resources specialists to review and correct data, providing access to historical career records and administrative transactions.

King Salman recently issued directives to government agencies to complete electronic connectivity with the Ministry of Civil Service, to provide human resources data within 120 days.

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What is Yesser?

It is a program that works as a link among Saudi government agencies in their e-transition journey. Yesser establishes, develops and manages several e-government initiatives and products in Saudi Arabia using the highest technical and security standards.