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Wed 4 Mar 2009 08:42 AM

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New Saudi city to train and employ poor women

Small factories will be set up to provide employment for 40,000 people.

An industrial city for poor families is being planned in Saudi Arabia that aims to train and support uneducated women in the work place, it was reported on Wednesday.

The SR200m city, occupying an area of 500,000 square meters in Yanbu, is already in talks with a Chinese firm to train the women who will to work in small factories, according to Saudi daily Arab News.

The primary aim of the project is to help poor women in the Kingdom to earn money so they can support their dependents, said Hessah bint Abdul Rahman Al Aun, a businesswoman who is promoting the project.

The city would provide employment for 6,000 families and support approximately 40,000 individuals, she added.

“No obstacle will stop the plan as I already have agreements with various ministries and provincial governors to set up the project, which basically aims at supporting poor families,” Al Aun told a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

“This is a strategic national project as it aims at finding employment for the unemployed and helping them to make economic progress. All participants in the city’s activities will profit from it,” she added.

Plans for the city include 35 environmentally friendly, small to medium industries, which will offer employment to resident families.

The small factories will use 157 products from Saudi Basic Industries Corp as raw materials to produce products that can be locally consumed or exported.

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