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MLSD and Careem Inc. sign joint agreement to drive the disabled and Careem Inc. sign joint agreement to drive the disabled<p>​</p><p><strong>MLSD and Careem Inc. sign joint agreement to drive the disabled </strong></p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and Careem Technologies Inc. signed an agreement to provide chauffeur-driven car booking service for persons with disabilities, which can be accessible via the Careem app. </p><p> </p><p>The signing agreement was led by Deputy Minister for Social Care and Family Dr. Abdullah Al-Moaiqel and Co-founder of Careem Dr. Abdullah Elyas as the binding document states that Careem app would facilitate a special option to hail a cab for PWD.</p><p> </p><p>As Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani inaugurating the ceremony, Careem has launched 25 cars that are well-equipped to transport PWD around the main cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Eastern Province where this service will be gradually expanded to cover other cities with a fleet of on-demand cabs. </p><p> </p><p>The agreement opens new avenues for generating job opportunities for beneficiaries of social security assistance to join the company as drivers and offer private car service for the disabled people who has received around 6,300 adaptive motor vehicles under the car ownership program run by the ministry.  </p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the ministry has entered into an agreement with the online cab booking service to allow orphans and families of social welfare payouts to work in the company with minimum requirements that will be announced soon.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry confirmed in a statement that this public-private partnership ensures the improvement of services offered for Saudi citizens as well as helps to carry out projects of common interest. </p><p> </p><p>Pointing out to service pricing, Careem waives 25 percent of the total fare cost of a ride to drive the disabled people to their destinations, a move to serve them as well as measure customer satisfaction through issuing reports on a regular basis.  </p><p> </p><p>The service is one-of-its-kind in the Kingdom and MENA where users can utilize it through installing the application on their mobiles as the Kingdom is one of pioneers to leverage technologies in transporting persons with disabilities via modified cars, Elyas said.    ​</p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1251
NLG reconstructs job market and hastens national employment: says Al-Haqbani reconstructs job market and hastens national employment: says Al-Haqbani<p>​</p><div dir="ltr" style="text-align:center;"></div><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">NLG reconstructs job market and hastens national employment: says Al-Haqbani</strong></p><p style="text-align:right;"><strong> </strong></p><p>Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani, chairman of the board of directors of the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf), mentioned during the inauguration of the national labor gateway "Taqat" late on last Sunday that the new portal will reconstruct the labor market under NTP that stems from the Kingdom's vision 2030.</p><p style="text-align:left;"> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Al-Haqbani pointed out that Taqat is in a bid to hasten the employment of Saudi males and females and give employers access to qualified human resources instead of importing foreign workers abroad. </p><p style="text-align:right;"> </p><p>The event witnessed a large turnout of labor officials, representatives from the public and private sectors as well as media figures and three productive parties including workers, employers and government entities.</p><p> </p><p>The labor minister said:'' The leadership supports policies and legislations concerning labor and social development matters, besides offer generous assistance for beneficiaries who utilize the ministry's services''. </p><p> </p><p>Al-Haqbani added that Taqat is not just an electronic portal but an assessment tool to diagnose the labor market through generating enough job opportunities and providing training programs that meet the needs of the labor market.</p><p> </p><p>The gateway has full-fledged services for productive parties as employers are allowed to post their recruitment needs where Saudi job seekers can fulfil such positions leading to decreasing reliance on foreign employment, added Al-Haqbani.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry will work in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Service as the portal as in-all-platform is meant to serve employment not only in the private sector but also for the government entities, the minister said in reference to unswerving support made by the minister of civil service.</p><p> </p><p>During the inauguration, the labor minister gave a special mention of the employment of persons with disabilities, orphans, families of social welfare and productive families in order to realise their aspirations.</p><p> </p><p>The labor minister said both staff of the ministry and Hadaf hang their hopes on the gateway as well as aspire to make full use of it with the aim of leading the future vision and developing policies and legislations that regulate the labor market.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Haqbani referred last Sunday that the ministry had unveiled the "balanced Nitaqat''  that aims to change the concept of employment from being based on the number of Saudi nationals in facilities to quality, whereas the inauguration of portal succeeded in gathering both employers and employees under one roof to achieve more objectives together. </p><p> </p><p>Director-General of Hadaf Abdulkarim Al-Nujaidi said that the launching of Taqat is in sync with the goals of leadership that give undivided attention to investment in human resources as one of the crucial factors to achieve sustainable development, contributing to the national economy.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Nujaidi added that the Saudi government has sought to offer services and harness the potentials of competitive work environment for Saudi citizens which yield rewarding and various job opportunities.  </p><p> </p><p>The director general stated that the gateway goes hand in hand with the strategies of employment support that aim to provide employment opportunities for Saudi males and females who search for jobs as well as serve employers and establishments with qualified candidates. </p><p> </p><p>The gateway shares its benefits with all segments of the society through creating a motivating work environment that empower Saudi nationals to reach self-actualization and achieve their ambitions as a top priority, besides contribute to the national economy secondly, highlighted Al-Nujaidi before participants.</p><p> </p><p>Pointing out the benefits of Taqat, Al-Nujaidi said it is considered as the largest network in the Saudi labor market to manage the market via the interactive e-portal offering wide information and integral services in terms of training, employment and rehabilitation.</p><p> </p><p>The NLG offers a wide range of services including enormous job opportunities that will be gradually increased for Saudi job seekers, allowing all establishments to search for suitable candidates available on the portal, the director general explained the mechanism of job matching facilitated on the new platform.   </p><p> </p><p>If their requests for hiring could not be matched with the online resumes of Saudi job seekers posted on the e-portal, they will be forwarded to foreign recruitment to meet the needs for employing workers from abroad, Al-Nujaidi said as this move ensures  increasing opportunities for Saudi nationals.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Nujaidi reaffirmed that Taqat would work as a mirror of the job market through providing detailed reports with KPIs that support decision-making relating to its policies and regulations, in addition to offering reliable date for interested parties to address labor issues. </p><p> </p><p>Speaking of Hadaf's vision, Al-Nujaidi stressed that the development of the Saudi youth's skills has served as the cornerstone of the joint vision amid orchestrated cooperation among the ministry, Hadaf and the private sector.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Nujaidi said the unilateral collaboration attempts to combine efforts into one platform to develop the national workforce, raise competitive capacity, enhance national experiences and utilize such expertise in managing the market and supporting the economy.</p><p> </p><p>The NLG reflects the methodology of labor and social development that consists of legislative, funding and training entities having access to the job market through updated lists of needed jobs and vital sectors as well as data bases of job seekers, their qualifications and work experiences, the director general mentioned.</p><p> </p><p>Moreover, stakeholders can use the gateway with ease due to advanced tools that help analyze and assess the job market as it supports all beneficiaries who benefit from the ministry's services and programs.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, Taqat is working to align the date bases of other ministries, governorates and other government entities to combine and utilize employment, training and incentive programs that achieve sectoral planning, intervention and guided employment across all parts of the Kingdom. 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​ Al-Haqbani thanks king, crown prince & deputy crown for approving family affairs council to be set up​ Al-Haqbani thanks king, crown prince & deputy crown for approving family affairs council to be set up<p style="text-align:center;">​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Al-Haqbani thanks king, crown prince & deputy crown for approving family affairs council to be set up</strong></p><p>Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani extends thanks and appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman - May Allah protect him- for the Council of Ministers' approval on establishing a council that concerns Saudi families under the name of "The Council of Family Affairs''.</p><p>Al-Haqbani also thanks Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif, first deputy prime minister and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy prime minister, defense minister-May Allah protect them.</p><p>As the council chaired by the minister of labor and social development, Al-Haqbani stressed that the council will achieve the aspired objectives and outcomes towards enhancing family cohesion in the Kingdom which is considered as the main pillar of society. </p><p>Al-Haqbani added that the council bears the responsibility of enhancing social ties and values, praying for the council's success.</p><p>The Riyadh-based council aims to enhance and promote the influencing role of family in the society and protect all members in order to carry out their duties as well as take care of their affairs, taking into account the religious and moral values to be installed into them.    </p><p> </p><p style="text-align:right;"><br><br></p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1250
Inspection campaigns shut down over 1500 mobile shops campaigns shut down over 1500 mobile shops<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Inspection campaigns shut down over 1500 mobile shops</strong></p><p> </p><p>As per the directive to nationalize 50-percent of the telecom sector, nationwide inspection campaigns have uncovered 2702 violations across all parts of the Kingdom with the Eastern province being the highest at 765 and Najran the lowest at 14.</p><p> </p><p>Carrying out crackdown on shops selling mobile phones and accessories, the Ministry of Labor and social development forwarded to the concerned committee 1993 cases of violations of the Saudization directive to take penal action against violators.</p><p>In the aftermath of the inspection rounds, official inspectors have shut down 1549 shops engaging in cellphone sales and maintenance, out of which 494 faced closures in Asir as well as another 709 shops have been served with warning notice.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the ministry has urged establishments to comply with the Saudization directive amid inspection campaigns that ensure its enforcement, stressing that it will spare no effort to take penal action against violators.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry highlighted that the collective efforts would generate job opportunities for the Saudi youths as all-round inspectors join forces with security personnel and officials from with the Ministries of Commerce and Investment, Municipal and Rural Affairs and Telecommunication and IT.</p><p> </p><p>The number of law-abiding establishments has risen to 15748 on July 23 compared to 662 in the beginning date of enforcement (June 6) as the Eastern province toppled with 4828 establishments that have showed compliance to the directive, followed by Riyadh with 2278. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Dr. Fahad Al-Owaidi, deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment of MLSD, said the ministry has conducted so far 18574 inspection visits to a wide range of shops selling mobile phones and accessories across all parts of the Kingdom occurring from June 6 to July 23.  </p><p> </p><p>The inspection campaigns will continue to totally nationalize the telecom sector before September 2 (Dhul Hijjah 1), added Al-Owaidi.</p><p> </p><p>Inspectors reported the Eastern Province was highlighted with the largest share of establishments being visited with 5310 while Riyadh reached at 2607, Makkah with 2345, Qassim with 1882, Asir with 1689 and Madinah with 1311, Al-Owaidi said as other regions have been covered.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Furthermore, the ministry called upon labor parties to report violations relating to the directive via the Rasd service (<a href=""></a>) as all tip-offs are handled with prompt manner to ensure the improvement of labor market.</p><p> </p><p>Stakeholders can also notify the ministry about establishments and expat workers who violate the Saudization decision in the telecom sector through contacting the customer service no. 19911. </p><p> </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1245
MLSD conducts workshop on targets in line with NTP conducts workshop on targets in line with NTP<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">MLSD conducts workshop on targets in line with NTP </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development conducted a five-day workshop on Sunday to discuss the detailed plans of initiatives along with the ministry's targets and objectives under the national transformation program 2020.</p><p> </p><p>During the workshop held at the ministry's Headquarters, Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani gave emphasis to working towards the realization of such initiatives, instructing all officials to execute them in line with the program.</p><p> </p><p>The minister urged them to pay undivided attention to serving customers and building bridges with beneficiaries across all parts of the Kingdom in order to meet their needs through a wide range of its branches spreading over 13 regions. </p><p> </p><p>Al-Haqbani commended the efforts made to achieve goals and develop initiatives set under the NTP as a number of officials and senior staff was present.</p><p> </p><p>The workshop explored the strategic objectives of initiatives as well as those relating housing and orphans with critical conditions, in addition to amending a raft of regulations concerning social welfare programs.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the officials engaged in talks for laying out a strategy to combat the negative social phenomena and develop regulations of social protection networks and other internal initiatives.  </p><p> </p><p>Taking into account its 75 objectives, the ministry strives to generate decent job opportunities for Saudi nationals and develop national occupational standards and quality assurance.</p><p> </p><p>The ministry seeks under the national program to up-skill national workforce with the aim of meeting the needs of the labor market, as well as create an attractive work environment in the private sector and raise the quality of service provided for Saudi nationals.</p><p> </p><p>The officials addressed ways to orchestrate efforts that aim to provide housing for beneficiaries of social security assistance and the needy and raise the performance level of orphanages and welfare societies, turning them into productive members of society and widening the participation of the third sector.</p><p> </p><p>The workshop also shed light on efforts towards achieving development, building the capabilities of related entities, enhancing governance and empowering the voluntary sector, besides design a collective scheme of family protection.</p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1246



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