Saudi king replaces labour minister, promotes culture, environment
Personal sector businessman Ahmed bin Suleiman al-Rajhi was named minister of labour and social growth, succeeding Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis, in line with royal orders revealed by state media.
Getting lots of of 1000’s of unemployed Saudis into the workforce is a serious problem for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who oversees financial coverage for the world’s prime oil exporter, the place unemployment stands at 12.eight %.
The Gulf Arab state, which has struggled for years to create jobs for its nationals, goals to create 1.2 million jobs by 2022 to cut back unemployment to 9 %, a senior labour ministry official has advised Reuters.
The reform-minded crown prince is making an attempt to diversify the Arab world’s largest financial system away from oil exports and open up Saudis’ cloistered existence by easing strict social guidelines and selling leisure within the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.
King Salman on Saturday additionally appointed Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al al-Sheikh as minister of Islamic affairs, name and steering.
The royal orders arrange a brand new Ministry of Tradition, extracting it from the data ministry as a part of a drive to seize extra Saudi leisure spending at dwelling amid a price range deficit brought on by low oil costs.
Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud was named tradition minister. He already has a number of prime positions, together with governor of a fee to develop a historic tourism vacation spot and chairman of the Saudi Analysis and Advertising and marketing Group, which is carefully linked to King Salman’s department of the royal household.
King Salman additionally ordered formation of royal commissions for the atmosphere and the holy metropolis of Mecca, and an administration for preserving the historic space of Jeddah.
The royal orders additionally named a number of new deputies within the ministries of inside, telecommunications, transport and vitality, and appointed new heads to the Royal Fee for Jubail and Yanbu and the King Abdullah Metropolis for Atomic and Renewable Vitality.