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Shoura lists its efforts to boost Saudization.

Summary: RIYADH: The Shoura Council announced Sunday that it had adopted a series of important resolutions in the past to resolve the country's unemployment problem.

These included the recommendation to set up a separate ministry for labor and a call to fix a limit for expatriate workers and their families in the Kingdom. In a three-page report, the Shoura spelled out the various resolutions it adopted during the past years with the aim of creating more jobs for Saudis. It cited the unification of recruitment process and formation of Human Resource Development Fund as important decisions. The Shoura had reviewed the rules and regulations for the recruitment of house servants and the situation of workers in companies that have government contracts and supported the mechanisms assigned to monitor surplus foreign workers. "The Shoura also called for a Supreme Manpower Council to set out plans and propose new laws to regulate foreign manpower and review laws related to foreign recruitment and employment of non-Saudis and give incentives to national manpower," the report said. Speaking about the employment of women, the council said it had discussed measures for creating a suitable atmosphere for them at workplaces. "We proposed to add a new article to the Labor Law for the payment of a monthly allowance to unemployed Saudis for a specific period or until they get suitable jobs," the report said. The Shoura had also insisted on including unemployment in the questionnaire of the last national census in order to know the exact number of jobless Saudis.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Feb 20, 2012
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