2000 News Story

Labor minister addresses UN Assemby in Geneva

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ali Bin Ibrahim Al-Namlah today addressed the 24th extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in Geneva, and explained the Kingdom's policies for social development, stressing adherence to the Copenhagen Declaration of 1995.  He said Saudi Arabia has established an economic, political, cultural, and legal infrastructure, worked to eliminate poverty, and taken measures such as increasing expenditure on social insurance to U.S. $ 12.68 million by the end of 1999. 

The Kingdom, he declared, has exerted great efforts to create jobs for its people in both the public and private sectors, while hosting large numbers of expatriate workers, mostly from developing countries. The latter are offered good wages, with no taxation and no restriction on money transfers abroad.
He went on to say that since the Kingdom's constitution is based on the Holy Qur'an, it advocates justice, prohibits any kind of discrimination among people, and protects basic human rights. In addition, Saudi Arabia is committed to the Cairo Declaration on human rights in Islam issued in 1990 by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and adheres to the principles of the basic rights of workers as issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO).