Saudi ministries have been given three years to fire all of their expatriate workers, local media reported on Wednesday, in the latest clampdown against foreign labor in the kingdom.
It comes as part of the kingdom's ambitious national transformation programme for 2020, which will see government positions filled by Saudis and a massively reduced public sector.
Heads of government departments were reportedly told by the ministry of civil service this week that only Saudi nationals would be able to work in public sector jobs by the end of 2020.
There was no clarification about whether this includes workers in public schools and hospitals, or in government-owned oil giant Aramco.
"The complete nationalisation of government jobs is an important objective of the national transformation programme 2020 and the Saudi Vision 2030," Melfi added.
The workshop concentrated on the kingdom's national transformation programme for 2020, according to the Saudi Gazette.
Ministries will be forced to sack 70,000 foreign workers over the next three years and make room for Saudi nationals.
Continued low oil prices have put pressure on the public sector to cut jobs with foreigners the obvious target.
Riyadh also announced that surgeries would not be able to hire any foreign dentists to make way for Saudis.
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