(MENAFN - Arab News) Riyadh gov. prince khaled bin bandar urged the government and the private sector to provide jobs to saudis with special needs. he was speaking sunday at the opening of the first employment forum and exhibition for the disabled.
he said the forum aims to encourage the employment of citizens with special needs and showcase their potential in contributing to the country.
'the government of custodian of the two holy mosques king abdullah is keenly interested in hiring people with disabilities because they are an integral part of the nation" prince khaled stressed.
the governor noted that the organizers of the exhibition agreed with the riyadh chamber of commerce and industry (rcci) and king saud university (ksu) to provide them with an evaluation of the number of disabled citizens who were hired during the forum.
he added that employng saudis with disabilities could help companies fulfill their saudization quotas.
'we will continue to support citizens with disabilities until they are well accommodated in their jobs" he said.
he also noted that rewards will be given to private sector companies who hire saudis with special needs and disabled employees who distinguish themselves at work.
deputy gov. prince turki bin abdullah bin abdul aziz and deputy minister of higher education ahmad al-saif attended the event which took place at the riyadh international convention and exhibition center (ricec). the newly elected chairman of the council of saudi chambers abdulrahman al-zamil was also present.
on his part ibrahim almatash president of the organizing committee said the event was organized to serve the needs of this category of citizens and offer them the opportunities they deserve.