Social Affairs Minister Majid Al-Qassabi recently inaugurated the new headquarters of the National Center for Social Research in the Rawdah district in the Saudi capital.
Al-Qassabi, also the chairman of the center’s board of directors, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and his deputy, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, and other officials for their help and support.
He stressed that the center will be a “scientifically important arm regarding the mobility of the Ministry of Social Affairs since it is based on the pastoral plan of transition to development.”
He said the center will need to work hard to provide government agencies with research findings, studies, statistics and information to help in planning and decision making in various aspects of social development.
He added that the center also aims to keep abreast of the latest social developments and propose ways on how best to respond to various social phenomena in contemporary times.
“It’s also incumbent upon the center to anticipate future changes as well as contribute to the formulation of programs to protect the fabric of society and its development,” he said.
Dr. Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Nassar, director general, added that the center was established to conduct studies and research on social issues and problems in Saudi Arabia.
“The center, which has an independent legal personality, also aims to propose appropriate solutions and recommendations,” he added.
He said the research center is scheduled to identify deficiencies in various community programs and provide scientific and technical advisory services to the Ministry of Social Affairs and related institutions.
It aims to improve and develop its services in various areas and hold seminars and workshops for professionals and those interested in social sciences in the Kingdom and other Gulf countries. He added that the center seeks to be a think tank specializing in dealing with serious issues and social problems. It has experts and qualified advisers.
In carrying out its mission and activities, it has formed partnerships with the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and research centers dealing in social studies.