Japanese seek multilayered relations

Updated 08 May 2015

Japanese seek multilayered relations

A delegation from the Japanese Parliament’s House of Representatives have concluded a two-day visit to strengthen political ties between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with Arab News, Taro Kono, a member of the house of representatives, said: “We discussed with Saudi officials the importance of building multilayered relations between our countries at all levels, and not just limited to the Foreign Ministry level".
The delegation also included Jun Matsumoto and Keisuke Suzuki from the house of representatives of the National Parliament of Japan.
“We will also visit other countries during our tour. However, we are concentrating our efforts in the Middle East this time. We have visited Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and now Saudi Arabia".
Kono added that his delegation held talks with Adel Fakeih, minister of planning and economy; Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information; Ali Al-Ghafis, governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation; as well as with officials of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.
The delegation discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the Kingdom and Japan in the field of technical and vocational training, as the TVTC is currently operating three technical and vocational institutes in partnership with Japanese counterparts.
The Japanese delegation also visited the Saudi Electronics and Home Appliances (SEHAI), a Saudi-Japanese joint venture whose aim is to help create new technical job opportunities in electronics, office equipment, home appliances and air conditioning.
“SEHAI is doing great work in developing Saudi graduates for work force readiness, and we hope that they will become successful in their jobs in local companies after graduation,” he said.
Fahad S. Al-Harbi, SEHAI director, said that the idea behind the establishment of SEHAI, a nonprofit specialized electronics and home appliance institute, was to qualify Saudi youth and provide them with technical skills for their future professional development.
“Overall, we are pleased with the results of our visit. We invited Minister Adel Fakeih to visit Japan and he said that he will hopefully come this month,” said Kono, whose delegation also represented the parliamentary group entitled the Japan-Arab Leadership Network.
Among other members of the delegation were Tomohito Shinoda, International University of Japan vice president, Haruo Horie, president of Midori Kagaku Company Limited, and Mitsuko Horie, a doctor from Horie Clinic.


Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

Updated 11 min 33 sec ago

Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

  • The five-day program is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies

RIYADH: The Saudi Education Ministry has launched a training program titled “Effective reform foundations for education policies: Research and policymaking,” presented by the Education Policy Research Center in cooperation with the World Bank. 
The five-day program, taking place on Dec. 9-13, is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies.
The program’s topics include managing an effective education system, supporting teachers, promoting concepts and means to finance education, building foundations for early childhood education, and strengthening students’ evaluation and curriculums. 
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Bidyawi, the ministry’s undersecretary for planning and development, inaugurated the program.
He said it aims to introduce trainees to the most important issues of education policies to qualify them as researchers in the field, thus contributing to building capacities in the field of improving educational policies and decision-making.
He also shed light on the partnership between the ministry and the World Bank, which aims to implement programs to develop the education system in line with the Saudi leadership’s aspirations and ambitions.