Interpipe registers trademark in Saudi Arabia to fight fake steel

The company has supplied more than 80,000 tons of pipe products to clients in Saudi Arabia over the last five years.
Updated 26 January 2017

Interpipe registers trademark in Saudi Arabia to fight fake steel

Global steel pipe producer Interpipe has registered its trademark with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
This follows the trademark registration in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year, a move that will strengthen the company’s position in its fight against counterfeit steel pipes.
“The company has supplied more than 80,000 tons of pipe products to clients in Saudi Arabia over the last five years. However, we are increasingly facing competition from counterfeit products,” said Andrey Burtsev, commercial director for Middle East, Africa and Asia markets, Interpipe.
“The registration of the trademark is a measure to protect our clients from counterfeit products of inferior quality and reinforces the company’s commitment to delivering the highest quality certified steel,” said Burtsev.
With a mission to fight against fake steel across the Middle East market, Interpipe is an active member of Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting.
It is a non-profit organization that now counts 18 reputable producers of steel pipes, flanges and fittings as members.
The alliance’s mission is to ensure quality and safety in the construction sector and its protection against trademark counterfeiting through close cooperation with governmental bodies, distributors and contractors around the Gulf.

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.