Been working in Saudi Arabia for almost 19 years now and the Saudization plan was already among the many hot issues way back then, but it’s like seaweed with no roots, it needs a firm surface such as rock to grow on.
Though, like any other country on earth unemployment among young Saudis is a serious problem and like all animal life in the ocean, seaweeds are essential to ocean health. Job creation on a specific country stimulates economic growth and unlocks young graduates on its potentials to contribute economic development.
“The beginning will always be tiring and difficult, but young people can realize their ambitions if they are persistent and work hard,” said the late Saudi Labor Minister Ghazi Algosaibi after his surprised visit in a restaurant in Jeddah serving hamburgers to customers for three hours to encourage young Saudis to take jobs they think menial jobs or are not capable of doing it.
Perhaps, the Saudi government for all these years haven’t yet build the foundation that Saudis can hold on. Famous and respected journalist Elham Ahmad of Saudi arabic daily Al-Yaum newspaper said, “Despite this, shouldn’t we test the soil before implanting the seeds? We have to wait and give this young generation a chance to learn.”
Today, under Labor Minister H.E. Adel Fakeih, Saudi Arabia is very serious in their mission by creating 1.12 million jobs for Saudis in 2014, 3 million jobs by 2015 and 6 million by 2030; the reality about “Nitaqat and Expat Fees” is to get rid of expatriate employees by the end of 2014.
My personal question to Mr. Elham Ahmad, “Sir, after six years since you wrote the famous article “Failure of Saudization” – if the weeds are removed – is the soil ready?” – BongA
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