RIYADH — The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is currently studying a proposal to set up four industrial cities in Riyadh exclusively for women.
The Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has conducted feasibility studies on the projects and submitted them to the ministry for final approval. The cities will be fully devoted to manufacturing consumer goods.
Saad Al-Mogil, chairman of the National Committee for Industries at the Saudi Council of Chambers and RCCI’s deputy chairman, said the four cities, to be located on western, eastern, southern and northern fringes of the capital city, would cover many industries.
He said by this step the chamber virtually intended to distribute huge industrial projects all over the city to offer comprehensive services to all residents of the city besides opening new avenues of employment for Saudi women.
Al-Mogil said the new industrial cities would be on a par with 26 existing industrial cities spread across the Kingdom. It is expected that the ministries of Commerce and Municipal and Rural
Affairs will work together to execute this vital project, he added.
Al-Mogil said the four industrial cities, to be run exclusively by businesswomen, would serve as a hub for women’s industries, such as readymade clothes, tailoring, confectionery, gold jewelry, assembly units for electronic appliances such as radio, television and computers.
Officials at the industrial cities said new projects would need special plans to ensure separate facilities for women workers. The factories also need to be surrounded by high fences to maintain safety and privacy. The projects also call for employment of trustworthy guards to watch the gates and oversee the movement of workers and visitors.
The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation will take over the responsibility of building and running of the women’s industrial cities once they are approved. The corporation will also train women in jobs needed by factories. It will set up training centers for women workers at the factories themselves and will introduce on-the-job training programs to overcome possible worker shortages. — SG