Saudization on course, says Fakeih

Updated 29 May 2012

Saudization on course, says Fakeih

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih told members of the Shoura Council yesterday that the Kingdom's Saudization program is well on track and the ministry was able to find jobs for 195,000 Saudi men and 51,000 women over the past few months.
Fakeih was addressing the 38th regular session of the Shoura Council presided over by its Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.
Welcoming the minister, Al-Asheikh highlighted the significance of frequent meetings between the council and various ministries to enhance the performance of government departments and improve the level of services provided to citizens. He also urged the council to carefully study the annual reports of all ministries and subsequently meet respective officials to understand the challenges they face in implementing their plans and programs and exchange ideas to enhance efficiency in serving citizens.
Addressing members of the council, Fakeih explained that a total of 195,000 Saudi men has been employed in a market that could absorb another 35,000 during the next four months. He pointed out that finding jobs for 51,000 women in various sectors was a record achievement for the Labor Ministry as this figure is 19 times higher than the existing number of female workers in the country.
“It was a 70 percent increase and it was also a record performance, since it would have normally taken five years to reach this target,” he added.
Secretary-General of the Shoura Council Mohammed Abdullah Al-Amro said the labor minister answered queries by its members. During the question-and-answer session, the minister said the primary aim of the Saudization program was to find employment opportunities for more youths.
“To achieve this target, we are in the process of developing local human resources to cater to the needs of the local employment market,” he noted, adding the government has been making every effort to improve the efficiency of Saudi manpower by offering them the necessary skills and coaching them to develop the right mindset to take up jobs. The Labor Ministry had developed a mechanism to maintain a balance between supply and demand for Saudi manpower, he added.
He said there is a firm plan to increase the number of Saudis working in the private sector. “We are waiting for the final approval from the Supreme Economic Council to implement the decision. There is no exception given to any company under the Nitaqat scheme,” he said.
“Every private establishment should strictly follow the guidelines spelled out under the scheme,” he said, adding that work was found for 250,000 Saudi youths during the first 10 months of the Nitaqat program.
The minister said arrangements were being made to monitor the implementation of the Nitaqat program at district levels too. Such close supervision of the projects will ensure smooth implementation of the program, he added.
Fakeih also said the ministry had worked out an effective mechanism to find employment for graduates of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). Such a scheme will come into force during the next three months, he noted.
Answering a question with regard to the recruitment of female domestic workers in the Kingdom, the minister said two agreements are being drafted between the Kingdom and Indonesia and the Philippines.
He said the agreements would look after the interests of both the employer and the employee. Insurance cover has been proposed in the agreement to cover any losses incurred by the sponsor in the recruitment of housemaids or in the case of maids running away from their sponsor's house. The insurance would also include compensation in case of the worker's death.
Plans are also under way to test the skills of local and foreign workers to ensure that they are qualified in their respective professions. “This would ensure quality services to the people,” he said.


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.