Saudi minister: Food, medicine among 11 sectors to localize this year

Saudi minister: Food, medicine among 11 sectors to localize this year

RIYADH — Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed Al-Rajhi announced on Sunday that the ministry will issue Saudization decisions in 11 new sectors before the end of the year 2022.

These sectors include professions in project management; procurement; food and drug, he said. The minister made the remarks during his meeting with businessmen and businesswomen at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh.

Al-Rajhi said that the decisions to localize sectors, activities and professions have contributed to an increase in the number of Saudis working in the private sector to more than 2.13 million male and female citizens. This has also been instrumental in bringing down the unemployment rate of Saudis to 9.7 percent as well as to the increase in the rate of women’s economic participation to 35.6 percent.

The minister praised the efforts of the private sector in employing Saudis, and the distinguished partnership with businessmen and women to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Al-Rajhi noted that the rate of private sector firms’ compliance with the Labor Law regulations reached 98 percent during this year, and that more than 74 percent of labor cases are resolved amicably through the Department for