Forum brings chocolate lovers, chocolatiers together

Updated 22 August 2014
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Forum brings chocolate lovers, chocolatiers together

Just like the rest of the world, Jeddah savors chocolate, whether dark, light or nutty.
Talent Reunion is a lifestyle networking platform that organized a “chocolate innovation” event aimed at promoting chocolate products and shedding light on the skills of local chocolatiers. The event was held on Wednesday at Voila Chocolate Café in Jeddah.
It highlighted the environment in which chocolate products are made.
Several officials from different chocolate companies and chocolate enthusiasts attended the event to share their opinions and thoughts.
The participants believe such a networking platform brings members of the community together and discusses life-oriented themes that help in sharpening culture and social and professional aspects of life.
During the event, chocolate makers discussed common issues, such as how to improve their craft and think of ways to highlight locally made chocolate.
“It was fun to share ideas and come up with new creative techniques,” said one guest.
Conversation also brought up the health benefits of dark chocolate and which beverages go with which type of chocolate.
Nutella, being a part of the emerging culture, inevitably grabbed the limelight.
“The aim of this event was to help people see chocolate as more than a commodity,” said Yazan Jamous, founder of Talent Reunion.
“We want to spread awareness about the fact that chocolate can be diverse and different. Chocolate is a world by itself.”
“The event is a family-oriented gathering, where people meet in a healthy environment and share their thoughts and experiences. Topics spanned sports, coffee, shopping, travel, chocolate and many other interesting ideas,” he said.


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.