The Saudi Ministry of labour and social development has opened a new telecom complex in the eastern part of Riyadh, in an attempt to promote Saudisation, as reported by Arab News. The shops will basically have Saudi nationals selling mobile phones and accessories. Ibrahim Al-Shafi, the ministry’s undersecretary for special programmes launched the new complex.
The government initiated the Saudisation drive in mid-2016 whereby it was directed that only Saudi nationals would be allowed to be engaged in the business of selling of mobile phones and accessories in the Kingdom. The ministry had opened a telecom complex last year as well, and that was dedicated exclusively to women employees. The move is being touted as a part of the government to create more jobs for Saudi youths.
Various training as well as financing programmes have also been initiated since last year to promote the concept, and drive more and more Saudi youths to be employed in the sector.
On the occasion of the launch, Al-Shafi said that the new complex has provided employment opportunities to around 160 youths. He further added that these and more young people are being provided access to the suite of training programmes in selling,repair and customer experience. The most recent development on that front has been the introduction of digital training with the Doroob project, whereby interested trainees can access the courses via an electronic portal.