Emir issues directive to Saudize transport projects in Makkah region
Prince Khaled instructed the authorities concerned to incorporate a provision to Saudize jobs
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region and adviser to the king, has issued directives to Saudize jobs in the manufacturing sector related to the public transport system in Makkah, Jeddah and Taif.
Prince Khaled, who is also the chairman of the ministerial committee supervising public transport in the province, instructed the authorities concerned to incorporate a provision to Saudize jobs while drafting deals for implementing public transport projects in these cities, expected to be awarded in the near future.
According to the provision, international firms involved in the implementation of the projects have to provide jobs for Saudis in all the manufacturing sectors related to the metro and public transport systems, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
Addressing a meeting of members of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) at his office here on Sunday, Prince Khaled said it would be mandatory for the project implementing companies to establish spare parts plants in the region with Saudi workforce.
The SAGIA members said that about 2,500 Saudis can benefit through Saudization of the manufacturing sector related to the public transport system in the three major cities in the region.
Earlier, Prince Khaled underlined the need to ensure the active participation of Saudi youth while implementing the massive public transport system in Makkah and Jeddah. “Saudi youths should be provided with training to enable them to manage these projects in future. There must be participation of Saudis even in the phases of carrying out studies and design work,” he said.
The Council of Ministers approved in 1434 Hijri two public transport systems for Makkah and Jeddah at a total cost of SR107 billion and formed a ministerial committee to supervise the projects.
In 2013, the contract to provide consultative services for the management of the public transport system in Makkah was awarded to the British project management giant Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The SR 62 billion Makkah public transport system, including a metro with four lines and 88 stations and a fast bus service network, will bring about dramatic improvement in the transportation of pilgrims and citizens in the city.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.