Private Sector Partnership

This section presents the government’s efforts to advance the private sector through support and development, while building bridges of sustainable partnerships to implement effective development plans and achieve national goals and objectives for advancement. Here, you will gain insight into the concept of partnerships with private sectors, the aim of such partnerships, the parties affected by these partnerships and the regulations and legislations that strengthen these partnerships.

The concept of partnership with the private sector

It is a cooperation agreement between a government agency and a private enterprise. This agreement offers shared expertise and assets to each of the two parties to deliver a service or a product for the public benefit. This type of sharing and participation of resources reduces risks and increases the potential profits of a particular project.

The aim of the partnership with the private sector

The Kingdom's government seeks to advance the private sector in support and development, build bridges of sustainable partnerships to implement development plans, and achieve national goals and objectives for the advancement and well-being of the homeland and the citizens' addition to material support. The Kingdom offers means of empowerment, such as facilitating procedures and focusing on private sector companies' rise through customized programs.

Beneficiaries of partnership with the private sector

All parties are affected by the shared projects between public sector and privet sector. These kind of projects are named PPP projects. These projects include e-government initiatives, or who have an interest in these projects, or whose inputs affect their success.

Regulations and legislations that regulate and strengthen partnership with the private sector

The rules governing the private sector's participation in e-government business according to the expected income-sharing method:

The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 110 dated 4/5/1425 AH approving the rules governing the private sector's involvement in e-business according to participating in the expected income. The following is the text of these organizing rules.

The following rules are applied when government agencies contract with private sector institutions to finance and implement various projects in the field of e-business according to the method of participating in the expected income:

1. The government agency shall prepare a comprehensive study to determine the possibility of implementing its electronic business with high efficiency according to the method of participating in the expected income, provided that the study includes the following:

  • A clear definition of the services to be provided. This definition includes the beneficiaries of the services and the criteria for their compatibility with the beneficiaries' needs.
  • Determining the financial, human, and technical resources necessary to provide the service, financing methods, and the distribution of financial returns resulting from subscriptions, service delivery fees, advertisements, and intellectual rights related to e-government services, and others, between the government agency and the private sector implementing agency.
  • The security requirements necessary to provide electronic services in the government agency.

2. Coordination with the Ministry of Finance regarding financial resources and their distribution

3. Suppose studies show the possibility of implementing the project. In that case, the government entity proposes private sector participation in e-business according to the method of participating in the expected income in a general competition for companies qualified to choose the implementing agency.

4. The concerned government entity has the primary responsibility for preparing studies and competition documents for the project.

5. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Communications collaborates with Information Technology Commission to set unified standards for the systems. Government agencies use these standards for the required studies, competition requirements, and conditions. They participate with the concerned authorities in analyzing bids, awarding, and monitoring the implementation of projects.

6. A partnership contract is signed between the government agency and the private sector executing agency to establish, operate and provide electronic services provided by the government entity, provided that the contract includes: duration, specification of powers, responsibilities, property rights, distribution of tasks, financing, rates of returns, penalties, and so on.

7. A joint team shall be formed from the government agency and the implementing agency from the private sector to cooperate to determine the mechanisms of action, provide the necessary information, exchange and update it, and deal with technical developments and the need for work.

8. The private sector's implementing agency provides training programs for the government agency to operate and maintain electronic services safely and effectively.

Government agencies are obligated to provide the necessary information and demonstrate a degree of flexibility during the project phases to ensure adequate and effective service provision.

9. The government entity shall coordinate with other relevant bodies in providing electronic services (whether those agencies are governmental or private), and the implementing agency shall take this into account when determining the scope of work and its mechanisms.

10. The private sector executing entity shall comply with all regulations related to the confidentiality of the information and apply the best protection programs and a safe environment for electronic transactions.

11. The implementing agency from the private sector applies technical specifications and techniques with open and flexible systems. It avoids criteria that lead to linking to a single program product that may impede the government entity from developing its infrastructure in the future and make it dependent on a specific technology.

12. Government agencies and the Ministry of Finance should prioritize e-government projects in requesting the necessary funds when raising the budget.

Partnerships with the Private Sector

The Kingdom's government seeks to advance the private sector in support and development, build bridges of sustainable partnerships to implement development plans, and achieve national goals and objectives for the advancement and well-being of the homeland and the citizens' addition to material support. The Kingdom offers means of empowerment, such as facilitating procedures and focusing on private sector companies' rise through customized programs.

Partnership in the Education Sector

Scientific Research Initiative in Universities

It is one of the partnership initiatives between universities and the private sector, which the Office of Research and Development will launch at the Ministry of Education, and it includes the following four initiatives:

  1. Technology exchange office
  2. Collaborative research
  3. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (launch soon)
  4. The enrollment of researchers in the private sector (launch soon)

Infrastructure construction program for national schools

It is an executive program for partnership with the private sector between TBC and the Ministry of Education. The program aims to provide high-quality infrastructure in all schools in an attractive environment, according to the latest designs that provide enough spaces for the practice of various activities.

Partnership to Operate the Abdullatif Al Fozan Center for Autism

The Ministry of Education signed a partnership and agreement with Abdullatif Al Fozan Holding Company to operate the largest center of its kind in the GCC countries. The Abdullatif Al Fozan Center for Autism in the Eastern Provinces serves the autistic spectrum and exceeds 17 thousand people in the Eastern Province.The partnership comes to provide quality services for children with autism in the eastern region, and to rehabilitate and train families of children with autism on how to deal with them. The agreement also adopts work related to conducting scientific research in the centers areas of interest, and participating in autism events locally, regionally and internationally.

Partnership to establish and operate Al Muhaidib Center for Down Syndrome

The Ministry of Education, represented by the General Administration of Special Education, has entered into a partnership with Abdul Qader Al Muhaidib and Sons Company, to establish the Al-Muhaidib Down Syndrome School in the city of Al-Khobar, with the aim of establishing a model educational center for down syndrome in the Eastern Province, rehabilitating and training families of children with down syndrome on how the correct ways of dealing with them, in addition to adopting the scientific research center related to down syndrome in cooperation with the relevant authorities locally and internationally, as well as holding events down syndrome locally, regionally and internationally.

Partnerships in the Health Sector

Private Sector Participation Program

It is one of the national transformation programs in the health sector. It works by promoting the achievements of several goals of the vision realization programs, including (increasing absorptive capacity and production efficiency, rationalizing financial spending, and reducing the burden on the public budget by introducing new financing methods), through the following areas:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical cities
  • Hospitals
  • Primary care
  • Long-term care
  • Home care
  • Radiology
  • Laboratories

Partnership agreement with (Lean Company):

The Ministry of Health and Lean have signed an agreement to provide support in health services and enhance the contribution of the private sector in health development in alignment with the Kingdom's Vision 2030, the government sector participants according to the actual needs of citizens, with high quality and efficiency. This partnership comes as an integral part of the services provided by the Ministry of Health, in a way that benefits society and serves the citizen. Some of the services provided are: Coronavirus vaccine appointment booking service, Coronavirus test appointment booking service , sick leaves: Exploratory examination for school students.

Partnership agreement with the National Unified Procurement Company NUPC​O:

The partnership aims to improve the performance of health services through My Prescription (Wasfaty) E-Service. This service provides medicines to beneficiaries and aims to facilitate access to them by linking hospitals and primary care centers with private pharmacies. This would make these medications available everywhere, any time, and free of charge.

Partnership agreement with (Al-Dawaa) pharmacies​:

To provide citizens and residents with COVID-19 vaccines inside the pharmacy branches. This agreement was concluded as part of the adopted strategic plan of the Kingdom; to fully control the COVID-19 pandemic.​

Partnership agreement with Bank Aljazira:

 To train professionals of health institutions and associations.

Community partnership agreement with Magrabi Hospitals and Centers:

 To perform 400 cataract surgeries.

Partnership agreement with AbdulAziz and Mohammed Al Ojaimi Charity

To provide health services, and medical coordination to beneficiaries, based on the concept of social responsibility.

Partnership agreement with Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Subaie Endowment:

To support and finance an initiative to reduce surgeries waiting time in MOH hospitals, and the “Visiting Doctor” program in ophthalmology.

Partnership in the Housing Sector

Partnership Program with the Private Sector "Shrakat"

It is the Ministry of Housing's new strategy to create a vital partnership with the private sector to provide housing solutions and products that meet the needs of citizens at competitive, subsidized prices.

Sakani Program

It is a program presented by the Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development Fund. It was launched in 2017, aiming to provide various products like ready-made housing units, developed residential lands, real estate loans, and finding the optimal housing products that suit the citizens' needs at a price commensurate with his income.

Partnership in the Environmental Sector and Waste Recycling

The Saudi Investment Recycling Company "SRK"

SRK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, was established to develop various activities to deal with all types of waste and finance these activities to build recycling capabilities in the Kingdom and build a circular economy to achieve a sustainable future in four areas:

  • Municipalities
  • Industry
  • Recycling
  • Engineering

Contact Center Company (CCC)

It is a partnership between the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the Call Center Company (CCC) to manage the beneficiaries 'requests and reports, as well as provide automatic and direct conversations through the ministry's online portal, which leads to improving the beneficiaries' experience and facilitating communication with the beneficiaries.

Elm Company Partnership

It is a partnership between the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and Elm Technology Company to implement the direct subsidy reorientation program by the Royal Decree No. 1366 for the livestock, poultry, and fish farming sectors and other rural development programs.

National Early Warning Platform

The national early warning platform comes in cooperation between the General Directorate of Civil Defense and Communications and the Information Technology Authority. In emergencies, keeping pace with advanced modern technologies is vital. So. the warning is via cellular transmission messages in a specific geographical area to warn its residents of an emergency's imminent occurrence in the surrounding area through phones Mobile.

Partnership in the Infrastructure, Water, and Electricity Sector

Al-Fadhili Project

The Fadhili project is based on a partnership between Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Electricity Company. This project is the first of its kind in the Kingdom for the dual production of electricity and steam.

Jeddah Airport 2 plant wastewater treatment project

A partnership project between the public and private sectors near King Abdulaziz International Airport is being managed by the Environment, Water and Agriculture Sector to develop a wastewater treatment plant.

Al Shuqaiq 3 Independent Desalinated Water Plant Project

One of the partnership projects between the public and private sectors in Shuqaiq, located on the coast of the Red Sea, and is being managed by the Environment, Water, and Agriculture Sector to develop a seawater desalination plant.

Partnership in the Business Sector

Tamkeen Program

It is an initiative presented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in Saudi Arabia. This program is one of the industries that aims at all beneficiaries of the community's social security pension by joining them with new job opportunities. For their effective transition in their practical and scientific life, this is in agreement and partnership with those who own Those direct jobs. The companies and the competent authorities for social security beneficiaries until they are directly qualified for a suitable job for them after completing the training.

Tamkeen Fund

The Sulaiman Al-Rajhi Foundation for Development Finance, in partnership with several public bodies, launched the Tamkeen Fund, which aims to activate the role of associations in the transformation from direct pastoral work to broader development work by building internal units responsible for providing financial and non-financial microfinance services to support beneficiaries towards Through micro-economic activities that reduce their dependence on care and guarantee services and enable NGOs to manage loan portfolios for microfinance, support productive families and micro-enterprises, and build their capacities.

Wosool program

The Worker Women Transportation Program "Wusoul" works with financial support from the Human Resources Development Fund and in cooperation with vehicle orientation applications, which aims to enable women to work in the private sector and raise their participation in the labor market by helping the employee overcome the transportation difficulties to and from the workplace, and providing High-quality and affordable transportation service to support its job stability.

Qurrah Program

One of the initiatives of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, which is a unified electronic portal that brings together everything related to the child hospitality sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aims to create a bridge between hospitality centers to offer their services and market them to parents looking for centers to register their children, in addition to supporting the empowerment of working women from Joining and continuing to the labor market. Qurrah also works to provide support accreditation services to the centers.

Ajeer Program

Ajeer program is one of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development initiatives, which aims to organize temporary work and facilitate access to the workforce in the Kingdom.

Partnerships in the Transportation Sector 

The Ministry of Transport signed a memo of understanding with Huawei dedicated to promoting the adoption of modern mobility technologies and methods in the transport and logistics sector, where it will search for opportunities to use advanced technologies such as the fifth-generation artificial intelligence and big data in this field. Huawei will present proposed solutions to the Ministry of Transport in the areas of automation, big data, and digitalization, while also contributing to providing solutions for joint mobility and sustainability in addition to the use of modern technologies in the development of intelligent transportation systems and the logistics sector in the Kingdom. This partnership will contribute to the achievement of the Saudi Vision 2030 objectives in terms of improving the performance of the sector related to the transportation of goods and passengers, thus improving the quality of life in the Kingdom. For more details click here.

Partnerships in the Justice Sector

Najiz Center

It is the electronic justice services platform through which all electronic services of the Ministry of Justice are provided through a unified portal; To increase the satisfaction of the Ministry of Justice's beneficiaries, including citizens, residents, and business sectors, and to facilitate users to access and deal with electronic justice services in an easy and fast manner.

Online Auction Platform

It is an innovative solution that enables those interested in auctions to participate in auctions electronically without the need to come to the auction site and complete all financial transactions electronically. This solution serves government and private agencies in liquidating their assets and managing their liquidation electronically.

Nafith platform

An electronic platform under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice enables you to easily and safely issue and manage executive bonds and provide electronic executive bond management and organization services with high efficiency to protect the rights of parties to commercial transactions.

Application and site Muathik

An electronic service under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice and the operation of a Thiqa Company, which allows individuals, institutions, and companies to issue or cancel agencies and document companies' contracts, in addition to documenting real estate vacancies at any time, whether during official working hours or outside it, through notaries licensed by the Ministry of Justice who are present throughout the Kingdom.

Taradi l platform

An electronic platform that aims to activate reconciliation in the Ministry of Justice and enable the parties to the case, the reformers of the Ministry of Justice and the registered reformers, to meet in reality or virtual and practice the reconciliation process to reach a solution acceptable to the parties to the conflict, through fully automated procedures from the beginning of submitting the reconciliation request to its end.

Shaml Initiative

It is an initiative provided by the Ministry of Justice to provide centers for the implementation of custody, vision, and visit provisions, aiming at:

  • Facilitating citizens' implementation of custody, vision, and visitation provisions within an environment suitable for family members (eligible centers)
  • Create job opportunities in the field of community service.
  • Improving the Ministry of Justice, government agencies, and the third sector provides integrated services to serve the community.

Partnerships in the Financial Sector and Trade

Government Payments "SADAD System"

It is one of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency; it was launched in 2004 as a central system for presenting and paying bills and other payments electronically in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

SADAD aims to provide a one-stop solution for all payments. Today, it facilitates and expedites various payments to individuals, banks, companies, and the government sector and develops new services that include all expenses.

Government bids and procurement "Etimad Platform"

One of the Ministry of Finance's initiatives aims to achieve the satisfaction of government agencies and their clients through an integrated electronic work environment for government procurement and competition within the framework of the government bid and procurement system and its implementing regulations.

System of records and trade names management for individual establishments

One of the Ministry of Commerce initiatives aims to issue, renew and edit the commercial register electronically within 180 seconds.

Maroof platform

The Saudi Ministry of Commerce initiative in cooperation with the (Thiqa) Business Services Company to develop and operate it. It is a new and helpful service for all dealers in e-commerce, whether sellers or buyers.

Saber platform

An initiative by the Saudi Organization for Standardization, Metrology, and Quality in cooperation with the (Thiqa) Business Services Company to develop and operate them, which is a platform that helps you easily register products and required certificates of conformity, as well as access to the conformity assessment bodies accepted by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization locally and internationally.

Takhfidat application

The Saudi Ministry of Commerce initiative in cooperation with the (Thiqa) Business Services Company to develop and operate it. It is an application that collects the discounts licensed for retail stores in Saudi Arabia and allows you to follow them in one place.

Enforcement and Liquidation Center (Enfath)

It is a government center with a legal capacity, financial and administrative independence, and seeks to achieve cooperation between judicial and governmental authorities, as well as the private sector and individuals, in its tasks related to liquidation and sale; In collaboration with many partners and service providers whom the center, through its supervision, contributes to moving the wheel of the economy, in an integrated cycle that guarantees the reliability and achievement of justice, as well as the competence and professionalism that the center enjoys.

Financing Solutions "Monshaat"

One of the Monsha'at initiatives that contain many electronic solutions and platforms:

  • Indirect Lending Initiative
  • Funding Guarantee (Kafalah Program).
  • The Venture Investment Initiative
  • Bank financing products
  • Funding portal
  • Financial awareness

The Saudi Authority for Accredited Evaluators "Taqeem"

It is the regulator of the evaluation profession in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it works to put in place regulations and legislation that allow residents to practice their work by international evaluation standards, as well as provide qualification programs to accredit and qualify practitioners for this profession based on scientific foundations and global practices. Evaluation contributes to preserving rights and achieving justice among the beneficiaries by providing professional services and high-quality evaluation reports.

Qayim system

An initiative by the Saudi Authority for Accredited Evaluators aims to connect electronically between the beneficiaries of evaluation services and licensed evaluation facilities, as it allows beneficiaries to obtain many offers to carry out the evaluation process, compare them, and follow all process steps and manage them completely through the "Qayem" system.

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