Crown prince of Sharjah inaugurates GCC Labor Market Conference

The opening session of the conference was attended by the directors and employees of a large number of public and private sector organizations in the UAE and other GCC countries.
Updated 21 October 2017
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Crown prince of Sharjah inaugurates GCC Labor Market Conference

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, crown prince and deputy ruler of Sharjah, on Sunday attended the opening of the 5th GCC HR and Labor Market Executive Conference held under the theme “Gulf human capital, a promising wealth.”
The two-day conference organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Expo Center Sharjah was addressed by Abdullah Sultan Al-Owais, vice president of the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Abdul Rahman S. Al-Otaishan, chairman of the Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council; and Khalifa bin Said Al-Abri, assistant secretary-general for economic and development affairs at the General Secretariat of the GCC.
Also among the speakers were Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, Bahrain’s minister of labor and social development and current chairman of the GCC Labor Ministers, and Fayez Ali Al-Mutairi, director general of the Arab Labor Organization.
The opening session was attended by Saqr Ghobash, UAE minister of human resources and Emiratization; Khaled bin Butti, director general of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, executive director of Expo Center Sharjah; Mariam Saif Al-Shamsi, assistant director general for logistics at Sharjah Chamber; and the directors and employees of a large number of public and private sector organizations in the UAE and other GCC countries.
Sheikh Sultan opened the exhibition accompanying the conference and took a tour while being briefed on the services provided by Sharjah Chamber and its affiliates at the event. He also visited the pavilion of the Sharjah Forum for Development, which is hosting 30 young people from the Sharjah Leadership Programme.
Al-Owais delivered a presentation on the importance of human resources as the basis for the sustainable development of any society. He pointed out that the GCC countries have given priority to Gulf citizens while building the foundation for improving human lives based on a shared common vision and the wise guidance and support of the leaders of these countries.
Al-Owais announced the establishment of an award to recognize and honor Gulf enterprises employing the highest number of GCC citizens under the name “Sharjah Gulf Localization Award.”


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.