Arabnews 11 June 2016
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Telecommunication and IT would provide 120,000 job opportunities under the NTP 2020.
It was revealed by Minister Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel on Thursday.
He was addressing a joint press conference with Commerce and Industry Minister Majid Al-Qassabi and Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh.
It was the fourth consecutive press conference conducted by senior government officials of the government to talk about the NTP 2020 program since its launch.
He also said that the Kingdom is likely to start privatizing its postal system by early next year, in a test case for a series of state asset sales.
Saudi Postal Corp, with over 10,000 staff, will be one of the first to be offered to investors. Al-Suwaiyel said that in preparation, the government was looking at a plan to create a postal holding company which would own subsidiaries operating services such as mail, courier delivery, e-commerce and financial remittances.
Authorities are studying issues such as how much of Saudi Postal would be sold and whether the stake would be offered to the public in an initial public offer of shares or to local or foreign strategic investors, he said.
“I cannot set a time frame but I expect by the start of 2017 the picture will be clear and execution starts.”
The government hopes privatization will allow the state to cease financial support for Saudi Postal — annual government subsidies to it are projected to fall to zero by 2020 from SR2 billion ($533 million) now — while boosting its performance, so that its revenues rise to SR2.75 billion in 2020 from SR1.02 billion in the latest year.
“Currently Saudi Postal depends on subsidies from the state. Privatization will empower it.”
He said the main challenges in the sector include the development of infrastructure.
“The human capital in this sector has to be increased from 20 to 25 percent to foster the inclusion of more locals,” the minister said, insisting that college graduates should be trained to choose the right vocations in the telecommunications sector. He also said that the private sector should give the opportunity for university graduates to become trained in the field.
Al-Suwaiyel pointed out that the Kingdom is marching toward a digital world and more than 63 percent of the government sectors are implementing the e-Government services program, which is convenient and quick in delivering products and services to the people.
He said the ministry’s current focus is now on its five recent initiatives, which include the launch of stimulating broadband to cover the whole country, on-the-job training program for college graduates and the development of IT industry information to cover the main areas of information technology to embrace small and medium-sized businesses.
Minister Al-Qassabi said that his ministry has embarked on 34 initiatives to protect consumer rights, look after traders’ interests and maintain an investor friendly climate in the Kingdom.
He said that the projects are coordinated through affiliated bodies such as the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), the Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization (SASO), the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority and others serving the commercial system and investment initiatives.
He pointed out that the Kingdom has several key resources, most notably it’s geographical location and it’s human capital wealth. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important part of the world, and it needs to compete with other countries. The Kingdom must leave a clear footprint as a leading and pioneering investment opportunity,” he said, disclosing that the number of workers in small and medium enterprises in the Kingdom is about 1,740,000.
Al-Qassabi stressed the importance of updating regulations and laws, pointing that there are 24 new systems and regulations. The minister also confirmed the importance of the e-commerce system for fuelling the Kingdom’s competition globally, pointing out that such systems can measure performance and enhance the contribution of small enterprises in the national economy.
Minister Al-Sheikh said the increasing population in the Kingdom force the ministry to chalk out programs to cater for the growing needs of the citizens as well as of residents.
“In view of the 2030 program, the ministry wants to achieve sustainable urban development and balance it in all cities and regions of the Kingdom, making the citizens and residents, visitors, and foreign investors to the Kingdom able to enjoy a decent life that could create the right climate for investment,” he said.
Because of the rapid economic development, he said that there are dramatic developments in all cities throughout the Kingdom. He disclosed that the Saudi cities are expanding rapidly, with the number reaching 285 cities, which translates into 285 principalities and municipalities. He stressed that the ministry’s biggest goal is to raise the level of city planning in the Kingdom and level of maintenance, public facilities and infrastructure.
The minister also emphasized the importance of raising the level of integrity in the municipal sector and fighting against corruption and violations – whether financial or administrative violations – as well as raising the level of employees in the municipal sector and expanding privatization as much as possible to transform the ministries and municipalities into organizing, planning and monitoring bodies.
Al-Sheikh added that the ministry also seeks to raise financial the self-sufficiency of the municipal sector which today supplies 10 percent of the financial needs of the Kingdom, whereas 90 percent is provided by the national government to meet the requirements of this sector.
Overall, he highlighted the ministry’s interest in establishing a healthy and safe environment in the cities of the Kingdom, as well as enhancing the role of health monitoring.
Saudi Gazet/ 2 Apr 2015
JEDDAH — Detailed engineering and design for the next sections of the 2177km Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail network will be completed this year, said Ramiz Al-Assar, senior transport specialist for the Middle East and North Africa with the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department.
Al-Assar spoke at the first UIC conference on railway interoperability, standardization, and harmonization for the Middle East in Doha on March 31. “We will have a meeting of the GCC Railway expert working group in Abu Dhabi on May 11-14 to finalize common guidelines for operation and institutional and regulatory requirements,” Al-Assar told delegates. “We hope to reach agreement on the master schedule in June. Detailed engineering design will be completed this year.”
Etihad Rail has already completed its 120km coastal section in the United Arab Emirates and plans to launch the second stage soon of its 628km section of the GCC Railway. Al-Assar pointed out that Saudi Arabia has started construction of another 200km section and will need to build around 600km of new line.
Qatar Rail expects to receive bids on April 6 to pre-qualify for a design and build contract for the first phase of its railway from Doha to the Saudi border, although the government has asked for the alignment to be altered to avoid a military base.
“A study will be completed in June for a railway causeway linking Dammam in Saudi Arabia with Bahrain where two stations are planned,” Al-Assar further said.
“We are mandated to complete the project in 2018 and while there could be some slippage, because the project is split into relatively short sections in each country I believe it is achievable in two to three years,” he noted.
The GCC Rail connection will provide member state with alternative export and import options. Rail will enable connections from and to ports south of the Strait of Hormuz, as well as other ports on the Arabian Sea. The Land Bridge in Saudi Arabia will give member states access to the Red Sea ports of Jeddah, Yanbu and Rabegh.
Equally important from a strategic point of view is the fact that rail will provide an important alternative to sea trading routes, currently under threat by piracy.
Piracy impacts supply chains of the Arabian Gulf through additional cost, risks and deceased customer confidence. Apart from the obvious negative impact on any one vessel, there is also an economic domino effect throughout the entire vertical value chain within the maritime sector. With only limited possibilities to bypass the dangerous waters zone, piracy is currently a direct threat to any industry using the Arabian Gulf as a transport route for imports and exports. Providing alternative, safe transport route, interconnected with export points throughout the South of the Arabian Gulf, the Arab Sea and the Red Sea, is a potent weapon against potential future instability at strategic supply chain maritime transport routes, affected by the threat of piracy.
Each of the GCC governments has launched various rail projects, currently worth over $100 billion. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have taken the furthest strides to date.
IN Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, well under way is the North-South Railway (NSR) project, the world’s largest railway construction and the longest route to adopt the European train control system (ETCS) to date. Trial operation began on the 2,400 km passenger and freight line, which runs from Riyadh to Al Haditha near the border with Jordan, in May 2011. Today the line transports phosphates from Jalamid to Ras-Al-Khair. — SG
CBP Express juga menguruskan proses pemeriksaan dan perlepasan kastam bagi pihak pelanggan kami di pelabuhan Damam dan pelabuhan kering di Riyadh.
Bagi melicinkan lagi urusan kastam dan mengelakkan kos simpanan / kos kelewatan proses kastam; kami nasihatkan anda supaya memastikan tempant penghantaran akhir “Final Destination” di Bill of Landing (BL) adalah Riyadh.
Jika ‘Final Destination’ adalah Riyadh, sebarang kelewatan pemunggahan kontena di pelabuhan ke rel kargo (kontena dari Damam ke Riyadh melalui keretapi) tidak dikenakan sebarang kos.
Alhamdulillah, tahun ke – 3 penglibatan CBP Express dan Mobily (Saudi Arabia) dengan program Sahabat Korporat Tabung Haji -kerjasama dalam penajaan SIM Kad untuk kemudahan Jemaah haji Malaysia dan petugas-petugas Tabung Haji.
تقبل الله صيامكم وقيامكم وطاعاتكم
و كل عام وانتم بخير وعيدكم مبارك
Kami warga kerja CBP Express mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya dan Hari Kebangsaan kepada semua pelanggan-pelanggan kami di Arab Saudi dan Malaysia. Operasi kargo di Arab Saudi akan dibuka pada 4 Sep dan di Malaysia dibuka pada 5 Sep .
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Good news to Malaysian ! Roti Boy will be opening soon in Sahara Mall Riyadh. The 2nd outlet is under construction in our neighbourhood of Ezdihar. Just about 0.5 KM from our home.
Co Founder CBP Express & Logistics
The Co Founder of CBP Express & Logistics (Hj Fariz Hamdi Mohd Nor) will lead a team building for our staffs who will be travelling to Saudi Arabia handling baggages and parcel of Malaysian pilgrimages in September 2011. The team building will enhance our staffs about our third year hajj cargo operation which includes information about Saudi Arabia, customs, Dos and Don’ts, Supply Chain Management, Customer Care, Packaging, Business Risk and Business Continuity Management, Hajj Mabrur and Basic Arabic.
This is one milestone achievement of CBP Express towards providing quality services to Malaysian pilgrimages. We built CBP Express & Logistics for lasting and trying harder to improve the delivery services ! Insha Allah.
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