Siemens builds partnerships to advance training in line with Saudi Vision 2030

The first generation of gas turbine experts briefing Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, at the Siemens Dammam Energy Hub.
Updated 25 October 2016
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Siemens builds partnerships to advance training in line with Saudi Vision 2030

Vision 2030 is providing the momentum to propel the nation Saudi Arabia toward a new era of prosperity and the government is therefore working side-by-side with the private sector in fields such as education and training, infrastructure and health care.
It is in the context of this emerging scenario that Siemens has been building partnerships to advance education and training in line with Vision 2030.
Arja Talakar, CEO, Siemens Saudi Arabia, says: “The National Transformation Program (NTP 2020) aims to increase the number of young Saudi citizens enrolled in vocational training programs from 104,000 to 950,000.”
Vision 2030 aims to realize a more competitive and skilled Saudi labor force. From a baseline of 7 percent, the Kingdom is targeting 12.5 percent of high school graduates to be in vocational training programs by 2020.
A recent feasibility study confirmed a widening skills gap equivalent to 65,000 full-time skilled workers in the Kingdom’s energy sector over the next two decades.
This prompted the establishment of a National Power Academy (NPA) to substantially address the skills requirements across the energy value chain.
Siemens is a founding stakeholder of the NPA and is therefore working closely with Saudi Aramco, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).”
Siemens Saudi Arabia’s HR Head Waleed Hefni said: “Siemens thinks and acts in the interests of future generations because responsible conduct is the only way to balance long-term growth with the aspirations of Saudi Arabia. The development of our youth is especially important in achieving the goals of Vision 2030 and further strengthening the Kingdom’s position as a major global player.”
Together with its local shareholder and partner, E.A. Juffali & Bros, the company is leveraging its collective strength in support of Vision 2030 because ultimately what is important to Saudi Arabia matters to Siemens, the company stated.


Spain’s Provacuno aims to beef up Saudi market

Updated 14 November 2018
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Spain’s Provacuno aims to beef up Saudi market

Abdulaziz Alaquil Jeddah: Provacuno, the inter-professional organization of the Spanish beef industry, is currently on a promotional tour across the Kingdom showcasing the benefits of their high-quality and environmentally-friendly beef production. A non-profit organization officially recognized by the Spanish government, Provacuno represents 85 percent of the Spanish beef industry.
Established in 1997, Provacuno comprises national associations representing and protecting the interests of companies involved in the production, industrial, and commercial sectors of the Spanish beef industry. Their annual meat production exceeds 650,000 tons, and they have over 110,000 farms, with industry exports amounting to 175,000 tons annually.
For the past 20 years, they have officially been recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as an agro-food inter-professional organization.
Along with defending the interests of the Spanish beef industry, from production, through processing, and trading, Provacuno aims to support the internationalization process of beef companies into export markets such as Saudi Arabia. Their promotion of responsible beef consumption through research and development programs is done with the goal of enhancing the beef industry’s image through their sustainable and environmentally-friendly production processes that are in strict compliance with the European Production Model, which adheres to the most stringent of standards regarding animal welfare, hygiene control, and environmental protection. While at the same time, they are able to cater to international market demands, such as being 100 percent halal-certified for Saudi markets.
Representatives of Provacuno are currently in the Kingdom promoting their marketing campaign “What a Wonderful European Beef,” which will conclude at the Foodex Saudi 2018 in Jeddah on Thursday. During this campaign trail, they organized a presentation on Spanish beef at the residence of Ambassador of Spain to Saudi Arabia Don Alvaro Iranzo in Riyadh.
The event was attended by over 50 Saudi import and distribution agents, who sampled Provacuno’s beef prepared by Spanish Chef Fernando Del Cerro.
Provacuno considers Saudi Arabia a key target market as it is one of the largest meat-consuming nations in the world reliant on quality meat imports. In 2017, the Kingdom produced 60,000 tons of meat while consuming over 220,000 tons. Recently, Brazil (39 percent) overtook India (26 percent) as the main exporter of beef to the Kingdom.
Along with meeting with industry executives in Riyadh, Provacuno also hosted a cooking workshop at the King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah.