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.”


Regional authorities offer free training at HVACR Expo

Updated 21 January 2019
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Regional authorities offer free training at HVACR Expo

The region’s largest dedicated HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) business event will host specialists from Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) and Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) among other credible entities.
Set to shed light on the latest efficiency guidelines in the HVACR industry, these authorities will feature a free and certified training agenda at the HVACR Expo Saudi from Jan. 28-30 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).
Zayed Mohsen Albagami, deputy director of energy efficiency, SASO, said: “It is important for SASO and for the Kingdom as a whole to support and enhance Saudi Vision 2030 at this time.”
He added: “The role of SASO toward this goal is to help the manufacturer himself adopt a sustainable approach. We implement this through a variety of initiatives, whether it be the issuance of new standards on energy efficiency, raising awareness in the media or finally by holding workshops — as we will do at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019.”
In line with the 2030 initiative, the Saudi government has enacted SASO regulations 2663 and 2874, which improve the efficiency level of all air conditioning equipment. They have also introduced a district cooling framework for new developments exceeding 15,000 tons.
Basem Salameh, conformity specialist at GSO, said: “The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) aims to harmonize standardization activities among the GCC member states to facilitate both international and intra-trade, and to remove technical barriers for economic operators.”
Along with presentations by SASO, GSO and SCE, the workshop agenda at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019 will include training sessions from industry leaders Carrier, Samsung Electronics, Midea RAC, Al-Salem Johnson Controls, and Shaker Group (LG) to name but a few.
Abdul Rouf Pandith, senior mechanical engineer at KEO International Consultants and speaker at the event, said: “By inviting and bringing together government stakeholders, policy and decision-makers, and leaders from the utility sector across the country, HVACR Expo Saudi can mark a new era in the cooling sector.”
Roni El-Haddad, event director of HVACR Expo 2019, said: “We are extremely honored to welcome SASO, GSO and SCE on board at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019. While the Kingdom is coming together to fulfill the objectives laid out by Saudi Vision 2030, the time is now to bring these authorities on-board and to work with them to ensure that HVACR professionals can achieve the highest standards within their field.”
HVACR Expo Saudi will also bring together more than 85 of the industry’s heavyweights to showcase innovative industry solutions and products at the event. Countries represented will include Turkey, China, the US, France, Italy, the UAE, Singapore, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and more.