Heard at Shoura: Expat driver shortage? Let women drive...

Updated 15 April 2016

Heard at Shoura: Expat driver shortage? Let women drive...

JEDDAH: A Shoura Council member has launched an appeal for women to drive because of the difficulty and costs faced by citizens to recruit foreign drivers, according to a local media report on Thursday.
Speaking during a discussion on the Labor Ministry’s draft recruitment pact with Chad, Sultan Al-Sultan said: “Why not create an environment for women to drive instead of waiting to recruit drivers from another country and then discover they cannot drive, not to mention the financial costs involved,” he said.
He said the current situation did not make sense if women are only allowed to drive in a car with a mahram. “Then why do we allow them to go to work and on errands in the company of foreign drivers?“
He also wondered why recruitment was stopped from certain countries whose citizens had worked successfully in the Kingdom. He claimed the national committee for recruitment was determining the nationalities of those recruited, which had created further problems for citizens.
Al-Sultan further argued that it was a mistake to recruit from African countries. “We should not forget that the Saudi community went through some terrifying and frightening experiences at the hands of (people from) one African country,” he said.
Other Shoura members agreed with Al-Sultan on hiring from this African country. Nasser Al-Daoud said: “From my experience the workers from this particular country are involved in terrorist and criminal actions.”
Assaf Abu Thunain, head of the Shoura’s management and human resources committee, said: “Why is the country reconsidering recruitment from this country and allowing them to return to the Kingdom ...”
He said the Ministry of Interior has statistics showing the number of crimes committed by citizens of this country.


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.