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Saudi Arabia is celebrating 82nd anniversary of its national day (23 September). On this occasion I would like to say congratulations to All Saudi Brothers and sisters. And I must say thanks to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah who has made this country a peaceful, stable and progressive part of the world, not only for Saudi Nationals but a big community of expatriates living in it.
Below are some facts and figures about Progress of Saudi Arabia country in the Health, Agriculture and Labor sectors. The source of the data is Arab News.
According to Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, the National Day gives Saudis an opportunity to think about their past to work earnestly for a bright future. He commended King Abdullah’s directives to fight unemployment in the Kingdom and create more jobs for Saudis. More than 1.3 million Saudis currently benefit from the unemployment allowance introduced by the King. He said the Nitaqat program helped in employing more than 300,000 Saudis including 54,000 women in less than a year.
Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah spoke about the Kingdom’s remarkable strides in the health sector. He said the 10-year health strategy introduced by the ministry aims at providing quality health service to all citizens in the country. Al-Rabeeah’s ministry currently runs 251 hospitals and 2,109 primary health care centers. Its home medicine program covers more than 17,000 patients.
Agriculture Minister Fahd Balghunaim congratulated the Saudi leadership and people on the occasion of the National Day while highlighting the unprecedented progress achieved by his sector, which contributed SR 44.1 billion to the GDP in 2011. The sector makes a 11 percent annual growth.