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New Saudi Ministry of Human Resources Embraces Public, Private Sector Employees

New Saudi Ministry of Human Resources Embraces Public, Private Sector Employees

Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 - 08:15
General view of the new Jeddah terminal for the Haramain speed train in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 18, 2018. (Reuters)
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A Royal Decree by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday ordered the merging of the ministry of Civil Service with the Labor and Social Development Ministry, under the name of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

The move is part of Saudi Arabia’s accelerated steps to achieve its Vision 2030 and to enhance economic capabilities in all fields, including employment and labor.

Dr. Luai Al-Tayyar, expert in economic affairs, said that this decision would reflect positively on the national economy in general.

He noted that the move could pave the way for unifying the public and private labor systems in the future - an important achievement that would strengthen the economy and raise its productive capacity.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Tayyar stressed that merging the two ministries would increase job opportunities, help develop the human resources system and unify procedures regulating the labor sector.

The decision will also push for the gradual privatization of the public sector departments and state companies and will standardize all retirement and insurance procedures and systems, he said.

Al-Tayyar noted that Saudi Arabia was witnessing a great transformation and development project, specifically at the economic level.

“Many sectors have now become more engaged in the national transformation and contribute in one way or another to the State’s general budget,” he underlined. “This is a healthy indicator of the economy and the ability to move forward in achieving the Kingdom’s economic goals.”

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