Saudi female entrepreneur wins Shell global prize

Ghazael Aldossary
Updated 21 November 2017
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Saudi female entrepreneur wins Shell global prize

A Saudi entrepreneur from the petrochemical industry, Ghazael Aldossary, has won the merit prize at Shell LiveWIRE’s “Top Ten Innovators” global competition, which highlights and rewards LiveWIRE businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation.
Through Ghazael’s company, Oriental Promises Trading, she connects large manufacturers to waste materials which can be repurposed for their needs, reducing the volume of industrial waste going to landfills and saving on the environmental impact from creating new materials. Specializing in the recycling of polycarbonate materials, the company’s innovative process converts polycarbonate waste back to its raw material form, closing the loop on a high-demand product.
Ghazael was the first female Saudi entrepreneur to operate in the recycled industrial waste sector, and was the only winner from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the competition.
“Top Ten Innovators” is a worldwide competition open to the alumni of Shell Intilaaqah, the MENA version of Shell LiveWIRE, a Royal Dutch Shell Social Investment Programme which operates in 15 countries, supporting young entrepreneurs.
Shell Intilaaqah supports business development in countries where Shell operates. In Saudi Arabia, the Shell Intilaaqah program helps entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, turning their ideas into sustainable sources of income to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth in the Kingdom. The program provides business skills training and workshops; business startup grants and awards; and links entrepreneurs to opportunities in sectors that contribute to the local economy. The program also helps to facilitate access to finance, incubation, business acceleration, access to markets, technology and mentoring.
Andrew Crowe, country chairman at Shell Saudi Arabia, said: “Shell is keen to continue contributing to achieving Saudi Vision 2030. Shell Intilaaqah helps Saudi entrepreneurs set up businesses, create jobs, and generate sources of income for communities by helping to find innovative solutions to economic challenges.”
Aldossary said: “As a Saudi woman I am humbled and proud to be chosen as one of the ‘Top Ten Innovators’ global award winners. I would like to thank Shell for their support to Oriental Promises in the past years, which led to this achievement.” The shortlisted businesses from the competition were judged by an international panel of business leaders.


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.