Saudi Ara­bia bans ex­pa­tri­ates from 12 jobs...

The Miracle - - Front Page -

Saudi Ara­bia has banned the king­dom’s ex­pa­tri­ates from work­ing in 12 oc­cu­pa­tional do­mains, mak­ing them avail­able to Saudi na­tion­als only. The de­ci­sion by Min­is­ter of Labour Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis will take ef­fect start­ing Septem­ber 2018, SPA news agency re­ported on Sun­day. The min­is­te­rial de­cree’s ob­jec­tive is to grant Saudi men and women more job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the pri­vate sec­tor, SPA said. Labour min­istry spokesman Khalid Abalkhail, said the jobs were mostly in sales: sales in watches, eye­wear, med­i­cal equip­ment and de­vices, elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic ap­pli­ances, auto parts, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, au­to­mo­biles, fur­ni­ture stores, and more. He also noted that a com­mit­tee would be formed to fa­cil­i­tate the project. The un­em­ploy­ment rate in Saudi Ara­bia sur­passed 12 per­cent last year as the econ­omy grap­pled with the fall­out from low oil prices. The move comes amid na­tion­wide changes to re­vamp the econ­omy by Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man. On Tues­day, a high-pro­file “anti-cor­rup­tion purge” ap­peared to be wind­ing down as Saudi au­thor­i­ties re­leased all re­main­ing de­tainees from the Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel, after more than two months of de­ten­tion on al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion. Dozens of royal fam­ily mem­bers, min­is­ters, and top busi­ness­men were ar­rested in early Novem­ber dur­ing an “anti-cor­rup­tion crack­down” launched by Bin Sal­man. Al­le­ga­tions against those de­tained in­cluded money laun­der­ing, bribery and ex­tort­ing of­fi­cials. Saudi Ara­bia’s At­tor­ney Gen­eral Sheikh Saud al-Mo­jeb said that the king­dom had seized more than $100bn in anti-cor­rup­tion set­tle­ments. The amount - 400bn Saudi riyals ($106.7bn) - rep­re­sented var­i­ous types of as­sets, in­clud­ing real es­tate, com­mer­cial en­ti­ties, cash and more. The govern­ment’s Vi­sion 2030 plan to re­vi­talise and di­ver­sify Saudi Ara­bia’s oilde­pen­dent econ­omy has seen the king­dom in­tro­duce a value-added tax (VAT), which ap­plies to a wide range of com­modi­ties, in­clud­ing food, clothes, en­ter­tain­ment, elec­tron­ics, and util­ity bills. Saudi Ara­bia also halted state pay­ments of wa­ter and elec­tric­ity bills for royal fam­ily mem­bers. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump made a pitch for na­tional unity and strong bor­ders in his maiden State of the Union ad­dress on Tues­day, calling for “one team, one peo­ple, and one Amer­i­can fam­ily” after a year plagued by ac­ri­mony, di­vi­sion and scan­dal. He also an­nounced that he would keep Guan­tanamo Bay open, break­ing from his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama’s lengthy and ul­ti­mately failed ef­forts to shut­ter the ma­ligned de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity. “I just signed an or­der di­rect­ing Sec­re­tary Mat­tis to re­ex­am­ine our mil­i­tary de­ten­tion pol­icy and to keep open the de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties at Guan­tanamo Bay,” Trump said, in his ad­dress to Congress, in keep­ing with a cam­paign prom­ise. On the cam­paign trail, Trump had fa­mously vowed he would load Guan­tanamo with “bad dudes” and said it would be “fine” if US ter­ror sus­pects were sent there for trial. Though Obama could not closed Guan­tanamo, the pop­u­la­tion had dropped from 242 to 41 un­der his watch. Dur­ing his speech, the pres­i­dent also said that he wanted Congress to pass a law en­sur­ing US for­eign aid goes only “to Amer­ica’s friends” — a ref­er­ence likely to his frus­tra- tion at US aid re­cip­i­ents that voted at the UN to re­buke his de­ci­sion to recog­nise Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal. Curbs on im­mi­gra­tion Over the years the State of the Union ad­dress, a set piece of the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal cal­en­dar, has lost some of its im­pact and piz­zazz. But the prime­time ad­dress, watched by as many as 40 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, was still a once-ina-year op­por­tu­nity for Trump to speak to the na­tion and mend his sunken ap­proval rat­ings, lan­guish­ing around 40 per­cent. Seek­ing to en­liven his own base, Trump spoke at length on the need for im­mi­gra­tion re­form, equat­ing im­mi­grants with crim­i­nals and eco­nomic ten­sion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.