MEFSCO opens SR630m expansion program in Al-Kharj

Saqr bin Issa Al-Dajani, deputy mayor of Al-Kharj, launched the program.
Updated 23 January 2018
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MEFSCO opens SR630m expansion program in Al-Kharj

Middle East Food Solutions Company (MEFSCO) launched its new expansion program in Al-Kharj on Wednesday under the patronage of Musaed bin Abdullah Al-Madi, governor of Al-Kharj.
Saqr bin Issa Al-Dajani, deputy mayor of Al-Kharj, launched the program with an investment reaching SR630 million ($167.4 million).
The project was initially supported by the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) to increase the production of corn starch and its allied products such as glucose, fructose and crude corn oil. The expansion is expected to yield increased production to serve the local as well as the regional markets.
President of MEFSCO Ziyad Al-Sheikh said the increased production will serve the local market as well as promote more Saudi exports to the Middle East. He added that the expansion program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is aimed at diversifying the Kingdom’s economy to meet with global standards.
Describing it as a novel project, Al-Sheikh said it is designed to produce starch and sweeteners under the Saudi-US partnership represented by the Saudi company ARASCO and the American company Cargill.
Several officials from the public and private sectors and representatives from the US Embassy attended the program.
The project is aimed at transferring modern technologies and developing local human resources for services such as engineering, marketing, sales, logistic support and food development services.
Abdulmalik Alhusseini, CEO of ARASCO, said the expansion program would help grind 350,000 tons of corn and the capacity is expected to exceed one million tons during the coming years. He also said the plant is expected to produce corn sugar (fructose) which would cater to the growing needs of the local and regional markets.
Besides vast experience in production, Alhusseini pointed out that ARASCO and Cargill Foods METNA are fully conversant with investment and logistics programs.
“Exchanging experiences, transferring modern technologies and sharing of international experiences would help reach the main goals of the Kingdom to attain food security and promote economic diversification in Saudi Arabia,” Alhusseini said.
Regional Managing Director Murat Tarakçıoglu said the Kingdom has created a conducive climate to attract investments from international companies. “By partnering with ARASCO, we are reaping the fruits of the Kingdom’s efforts to increase local production to meet the needs of the Saudi food production industry.”


PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

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PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), the largest university for women in the world, has partnered with Dell EMC to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first batch of female data scientists.

In line with Saudi Vision 2030 to promote a knowledge-based economy, PNU partners with national and international organizations to provide degrees and certificates for Saudi female students and graduates. 

The College of Computer and Information Sciences provides a number of certifications and technical training courses in its curriculum for three bachelor degrees — computer science, information systems and information technology. As a member of Dell EMC’s External Research and Academic Alliance Program, the college has successfully trained and certified 57 female data science and big data analytics students this semester with an additional 103 students certified in cloud infrastructure. 

The university also successfully introduced the VMware Install, Configure and Manage course as an elective training course for senior students. 

Auhood Alfaries, dean of College of Computer and Information Sciences, PNU, said: “Building a comprehensive curriculum to cover the essential knowledge area for the computing disciplines and to equip our students with the skills required for the future workplace is a priority for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. We are proud to be a leading university to actively promote the data-skilled taskforce in the Kingdom through the introduction of industry-relevant certifications and trainings. 

“We strive to continually evolve to contribute toward building a knowledge-based economy, in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, through strategic academic partnerships such as the Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program which plays a crucial role in effectively developing our students into tomorrow’s workforce.” 

A recent study by Dell Technologies titled “Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future” highlighted the lack of workforce readiness as the leading barrier in the Middle East to becoming a successful digital business in 2030, further emphasizing the need for skill development among existing employees and future generations. 

Mohammed Amin, senior vice president and regional manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The unrelenting pace of digital transformation in the marketplace is creating new challenges for all of us where organizations as well as individuals are increasingly realizing that investing in workforce readiness and the development of new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation. 

“We congratulate Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University on this wonderful achievement and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance the technical education of women in the region.”

Marwa Zaghow, senior manager, External Research and Academic Alliance, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program collaborates with innovative colleges and universities like Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University to effectively contribute to the regional priority of developing IT skillsets among the youth and specifically women.”