By Sarah Townsend
Around 2,500 Saudis will benefit by the initiative, says adviser to Saudi king
Orders have been issued to Saudize manufacturing jobs in the country’s public transport sector.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah and adviser to the Saudi king, has instructed authorities to include a provision to Saudize jobs in all contracts with international firms involved in delivering public transport projects across Makkah, Jeddah and Taif.
Prince Khaled also told a meeting of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) that it will also be mandatory for such firms to establish spare parts plants in the region using Saudi employees, reported the Saudi Gazette.
Around 2,500 Saudis will benefit through the initiative, Khaled said, adding: “There must be participation of Saudis even in the phases of carrying out studies and design work. And Saudi youths should be provided with training to enable them to manage these projects in future.”
In 2013, SR107 billion ($28 billion) plans were approved to construct two public transport systems including a bus network and four-line Metro system for Makkah and Jeddah. The project management contract was awarded to British engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.
I support it. R&D, Manufacturing and Business Development......all good for Saudis to delve into. Good step for the future. If it were only management, low expectation roles...then it would be a problem but this is bricks and mortar stuff. Good on ya.
I work in Saudi and there is plenty of young new grad Saudis who are eagerly willing to work in a professional environment. Its time for the private sector to participate genuinely in the training and education of Saudi youth and pay them attractively. Private sector has a role and obligation to contribute to building a skilled and experienced Saudi workforce.