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Ministry props up booth at Riyadh biggest telecom complexhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_454Ministry props up booth at Riyadh biggest telecom complex<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Ministry props up booth at Riyadh biggest telecom complex </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>The branch office of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Riyadh has prepared a permanent booth pavilion to provide services and career guidance at the Al-Farsi Telecom Complex in the Al-Khaleej district of Riyadh.</p><p> </p><p>The move is as part of the ministry's efforts to nationalize the telecommunication sector and reach larger segments of Saudi men and women who are interested in joining the business as workers and shop owners.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry said the establishment of booth goes hand in hand with the directive targeting the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of mobile phones and their accessories.   </p><p> </p><p>AbdulMunim Al-Shehri, assistant deputy minister for special programs and general supervisor of the ministry's branch in Riyadh, said the fixed booth at the complex will provide wide-range support including training, employment and protection schemes for Saudi nationals who are eager enough to work or invest in the telecom sector. </p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri added that the staff being stationed at several booths is tasked to educate Saudis about procedures and steps taken by the ministry and its affiliating entities to empower them through incentives and support programs before their embarking on telecom business. </p><p> </p><p>The related entities include the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF), the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank (SCSB), the National Entrepreneurship Institute (Riyadah) and the General Organization for Social Affairs (GOSI), mentioned Al-Shehri.</p><p> </p><p>The assistant deputy minister for special programs pointed out that the ministry and its affiliates have distributed more than 250,000 brochures in various parts of the Kingdom where Saudi males and females are mostly found.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri gave a significant emphasis on the ministry's keenness to offer assistance and support for owners of the telecom complexes in an attempt to generate job opportunities for Saudis of both genders as well as increase their participation in the market as per the Saudi vision 2030 and objectives set by the NTP 2020.</p><p> </p><p>At the inauguration of the booth, Al-Shehri displayed support programs that facilitate Saudis' entry into the telecom sector through a bundle of free training programs in the fields of salesmanship, customer service and maintenance that take place at the TVTC labs.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri said the support includes wage subsidy programs given by the HRDF and loans provided by the SCSB, and mentioned that several memoranda of understanding were inked between the ministry and big telecom companies to provide support and free career guidance for entrants in the sector.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri said," these initiatives and procedures come amid the preparation  of the Ministries of Labor and Social Development, Commerce and Investment, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior and Communication and IT to carry out the second stage of the nationalization of the telecom sector. Besides, they have been exerted efforts to offer employment and investment opportunities to the national workforce in the sector.'' </p><p> </p><p>Inspection teams from the respective ministries would conduct field visits to shops selling mobile phones and accessories to make sure the Saudization directive is observed and penalize violators, stressed Al-Shehri. </p><p> </p><p>In this respect, the labor ministry has urged stakeholders to report shops or illegal worker reluctant to comply with the Saudization directive through visiting the website at rasd.ma3an.gov.sa or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry has also assured that all reports will be handled promptly as the ministry is resolute to regulate and develop the labor market.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p> </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1306
Tip-off leads to expats' arrest in Tabukhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_453Tip-off leads to expats' arrest in Tabuk<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Tip-off leads to expats' arrest in Tabuk </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>A Saudi citizen's tip-off led to the arrest of expat workers engaging in phone repair business at a telecom shop in Tabuk, which is in violation of the directive set for the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of mobile phones and their accessories.   </p><p> </p><p>Upon receiving the report, inspectors rushed to raid the shop and tracked down those who did not observe the directive being enforced in collaboration of a number of government entities including the Ministries of Labor and Social Development, Commerce and Investment, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior and Communication and IT.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, all shops selling mobile phones and accessories as well as repair outlets were given the deadline earlier this year to nationalize 50 percent Saudization until June 6 and 100 percent until September 2.</p><p> </p><p>In this respect, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development has called upon Saudi nationals and residents to report any Saudization violation related to the nationalization of the telecommunication sector at the website (rasd.ma3an.gov.sa).</p><p> </p><p>The ministry assured that all reports would be handled promptly with the aim of improving and regulating the labor market as people can alert the officials about shops and workers not complying with the directive through contacting the uniform customer No. (19911).</p><p> </p><p>The ministry emphasized that the directive has achieved success because of joint cooperation among other government agencies, which is aimed to generate job opportunities for Saudi males and females who are eager to join the sector. </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the sector is known for its profitable earnings and job stability as the directive is seeking to maintain the cellphone business against security threats as well as protect it at social and economic aspects, leading to curbing cover-up activities.</p><p>The directive gives no exception for enterprises embarking on the mobile phone business whether they are small, medium, large or mega sized, besides the collective ministries have stated those who violate the Saudization rule will be penalized.​</p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1305
Expats caught due to running phone repair business from homehttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_451Expats caught due to running phone repair business from home<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Expats caught due to running phone repair business from home</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>As part of ongoing government efforts to nationalize 100 percent of the telecommunication sector, a team of inspectors raided houses where several expat workers were running phone repair business in the Tabuk and Tayma towns.</p><p> </p><p>The illegal practice is considered a blatant violation of the directive targeting the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of mobile phones and their accessories, keeping all related professions to Saudi nationals. </p><p> </p><p>The assigned team was prompt to deal with a tip off from a whistleblower about expat with illegal labor and residence status running home-based business, and repair tools and instruments used to fix mobile phones, which were found in the reported houses, were confiscated. </p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the Ministries of Labor and Social Development, Commerce and Investment, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior and Communication and IT involved in implementing the directive have emphasized those who violate the Saudization regulation will be penalized .</p><p> </p><p>According to collective agencies, the nationalization of the cellphone sector would open new avenues for Saudi males and females to join the filed as shop owners, salespersons or repair technicians as inspectors continue to conduct nation-wide inspection campaigns to check compliance with the directive and impose penalties on violators. </p><p> </p><p>The labor ministry has urged stakeholders to report shops or illegal workers not complying with the Saudization directive through visiting the website at rasd.ma3an.gov.sa or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry has also assured that all reports will be handled promptly as the ministry is resolute to regulate and develop the labor market,</p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1298
10 women-only telecom complexes inauguratedhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_45010 women-only telecom complexes inaugurated<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">10 women-only telecom complexes inaugurated </strong></p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has pledged to support new 10 women-only telecom complexes located in various parts of the Kingdom as part of its continued efforts to completely nationalize the telecommunication sector.</p><p> </p><p>This move is in a bid to carry out the ministerial decision that targets the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of the mobile phones alongside their accessories.</p><p> </p><p>AbdulMunim Al-Shehri, assistant deputy minister for special programs at the ministry, said the ministry will not lose momentum to offer wide-range support to shop owners and investors who want to have a stalk in the cellphone business, leading to opening numerous opportunities for women workers and investors.</p><p> </p><p>Such government aid would increase female workforce's participation in the labor market either as business owners, saleswomen or maintenance professionals, which goes hand in hand with the objectives set by the National Transformation Program under the Saudi Vision 2030, added Al-Shehri.</p><p> </p><p>The assistant deputy minister for special programs stressed that the ministry and its affiliating entities have unstoppably supported and motivated Saudi entrants to work and invest in the cellphone sector through a number of free training programs including salesmanship, customer service and advanced maintenance. </p><p> </p><p>He added that these apprenticeships take place at the full-fledged labs of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), and male and female trainees are eligible for wage subsidies as employers can apply at the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF). </p><p> </p><p>As part of additional schemes, Saudi nationals who are eager to embark on telecom career have also access to loans given by the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank (SCSB) that allow them to start a business in the phone sector, mentioned Al-Shehri.</p><p> </p><p>He pointed out several memoranda of understanding were inked between the ministry and mega telecom companies to provide support and career guidance for Saudis, which facilitate their entry into the sector.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri emphasized a high priority is given for providing a suitable work environment that enables women workers to join the field at telecom complexes, considering that their engagement would contribute to the national economy as the sector opens new avenues for them in terms of profitable earnings and returns.</p><p>Al-Shehri said the ministry is keen on supporting and encouraging business owners to establish telecom complexes that are exclusive for women in order to nationalize the sector and generate job opportunities for them and maintain work environment as well.</p><p> </p><p>He said the ministry and its affiliate are planning to prepare pavilion booths aiming to provide support services and showcase incentives, training and employment programs once the complexes are completed, in addition to showing inspection efforts to regulate the telecom sector.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Shehri called upon businessmen and investors in the telecom sector to join hands with ministry and extend their cooperation to provide opportunities to Saudi females through facilitating proper workplaces and working conditions at the complexes.</p><p> </p><p>He added that such stakeholders would increase the number of newcomers in the market, achieving the economic growth through utilization of women's potentials pegged as unique workforce.    </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1299
Ongoing inspection yields compliance of 2,400 phone shops https://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_449Ongoing inspection yields compliance of 2,400 phone shops <p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Ongoing inspection yields compliance of 2,400 phone shops  </strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p>A team of inspectors involved in implementing the nationalization decision of  the telecommunication sector have paid 2,633 visits to cellphone shops all over the Kingdom since the month of Dhul Hijjah 1 (Sept. 2), making sure that they are committed to keep 100 percent of the telecom business to Saudi nationals.</p><p>According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, a total of 2,413 establishments have been on good terms with the directive, which constitutes 95 percent of the overall visited outlets compared to 20 percent of cases recorded during the first stage of the enforcement launching on Ramadan 1<sup>st</sup>. </p><p>Dr. Fahad Al-Owaidi, deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment at the ministry, emphasized the fruit of success being harvested is a result of joint cooperation among a number of government agencies and their affiliating entities joining the cause.</p><p>Al-Owaidi added that the full nationalization of the telecom sector does not resemble with any other projects where integration among entities have been manifest to carry out the directive persistently. </p><p>He said that the Saudizing of the cellphone sector is debuted as first-of-its kind project that draws on collaboration extended by the Ministries of Labor and Social Development, Commerce and Investment, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior and Communication and IT.</p><p>Al-Owaidi pointed out that such linkage are also backed up by other related entities including the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF), the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), the General Organization for Social Affairs (GOSI), the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank (SCSB) and the National Entrepreneurship Institute (Riyadah).</p><p>The deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment said that the field visits are carefully guided to cover various regions of the Kingdom along with its cities and rural areas in order to check if shops selling mobile phones and accessories abide by the Saudization policy as well as penalize violators.</p><p>The assigned inspectors have uncovered 511 cases in violation of the directive, out of which 447 are being forwarded to the penalties committee, in addition to shutting down 83 cellphone shops and warning another 64 of closure sine die given their reluctance to adhere to the Saudization plan.</p><p>During tours, the inspectors have been on patrol to detect several businesses operating in disguise, resulting in deportation of illegal foreign workers, nevertheless, a huge number of cellphone shops are in harmony with nationalizing all telecom professions from shop owners to salespersons and maintenance professionals.</p><p>In this respect, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development have called upon Saudi citizens and residents to report Saudization violations in the telecom sector through visiting the website at rasd.ma3an.gov.sa or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p>According to the ministry, all reports will be handled promptly amid the ministry's keenness to regulate and develop the labor market and its environment.</p><p>It is noteworthy that the ministerial decision issued to target the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of the mobile phones alongside their accessories is aiming to generate job opportunities for Saudis who are interested in embarking on telecom career.</p><p>Meanwhile, the sector is recognized for profitable earnings and job stability as the directive is seeking to maintain the cellphone business against security threats as well as protect it at social and economic aspects, leading to curbing cover-up activities.</p><p>The directive gives no exception for enterprises engaged in the phone business whether they are small, medium, large or mega sized.   </p><p> </p><p><br> </p><p> </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1297

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