KPMG to help employees get SOCPA accreditation

Abdullah Alfozan, chairman of KPMG Middle East and South Asia.
Updated 20 August 2017
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KPMG to help employees get SOCPA accreditation

KPMG is investing in a support program to assist its employees in obtaining accreditation from the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA).
The move aims at enhancing the professional qualifications of its employees and newly enrolled graduates.
“SOCPA accreditation is the gold standard for public accountancy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and this program will motivate finance and advisory enthused employees and potentials in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar to undertake advanced training that will greatly enrich their career paths within or outside KPMG,” said Abdullah Alfozan, chairman of KPMG Middle East and South Asia.
He added: “As a social responsibility initiative that reflects the leading position of KPMG in the business, the accreditation program affirms KPMG’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that demonstrate a higher level of performance. The overall objective of the program is to attract future talents to get enrolled and prosper in a well-established, healthy environment accounting firm.”
KPMG will assist participants in sourcing external providers for SOCPA training and provide specific tax and soft skills training. The three-year program covers an introduction to KPMG tax methodologies, risk management, ethics and independence, tax foundation, tax modules and tax updates.
Alfozan said: “The SOCPA program complements KPMG’s Saudization drive, which is in line with the National Transformation Program and on track to increase percentage of Saudi employees to 80 percent by 2020.”


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.