MHPS sees Saudi youth taking up the challenge of leadership

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ Turbine Rotor Repair Facility in Dammam. (Supplied)
Updated 21 November 2018
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MHPS sees Saudi youth taking up the challenge of leadership

  • MHPS Saudi Arabia said it was training and preparing young Saudi employees who could eventually take over operations in the Kingdom
  • MHPS’ Khalid Salem: We will develop some of the youth that we have into much larger roles of leadership and decision-making on the day-to-day running of the business

DUBAI: The local subsidiary of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, MHPS Saudi Arabia, says that Saudi youth will take more local leadership and take control of the business in the next three to five years.
Following the initiative of Vision 2030 to develop Saudi youth in the professional sector, the company said it was training and preparing young Saudi employees who could eventually take over MHPS operations in the Kingdom.
“The cornerstone of this is developing some of the youth that we have into much larger roles of leadership and decision-making on the day-to-day running of the business,” Khalid Salem, deputy general manager at the Dubai branch of MHPS, told Arab News.
Saudi Arabia in recent years has rolled out strategies to diversify its economy to sustain growth and development. In 2016, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman publicized plans to achieve economic diversification through Vision 2030.
During King Salman’s opening speech on Monday at the Shoura Council, he applauded Vision 2030 and its plan to cut unemployment.
“You are aware of the efforts of the state to create job opportunities and we directed the crown prince, the president of the Economic Development Affairs Council, to concentrate and develop the human capabilities and prepare the new generation for future jobs.”

Salem explained that the potential in Saudi Arabia is already present.  

“I have been in the power business for more than 20 years, and the trend towards hiring more and more Saudi youth has seen exponential growth,” he said.

“The talent is there, the opportunities are there, we just have to mix and match them.”


‘Don’t be too optimistic’: Huawei employees fret at US ban

Updated 26 May 2019
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‘Don’t be too optimistic’: Huawei employees fret at US ban

  • This week Google, whose Android operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said it would cut ties with Huawei
  • Another critical partner, ARM Holdings, said it was complying with the US restrictions

BEIJING: While Huawei’s founder brushes aside a US ban against his company, the telecom giant’s employees have been less sanguine, confessing fears for their future in online chat rooms.
Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei declared this week the company has a hoard of microchips and the ability to make its own in order to withstand a potentially crippling US ban on using American components and software in its products.
“If you really want to know what’s going on with us, you can visit our Xinsheng Community,” Ren told Chinese media, alluding to Huawei’s internal forum partially open to viewers outside the company.
But a peek into Xinsheng shows his words have not reassured everyone within the Shenzhen-based company.
“During difficult times, what should we do as individuals?” posted an employee under the handle Xiao Feng on Thursday.
“At home reduce your debts and maintain enough cash,” Xiao Feng wrote.
“Make a plan for your financial assets and don’t be overly optimistic about your remuneration and income.”
This week Google, whose Android operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said it would cut ties with Huawei as a result of the ban.
Another critical partner, ARM Holdings — a British designer of semiconductors owned by Japanese group Softbank — said it was complying with the US restrictions.
“On its own Huawei can’t resolve this problem, we need to seek support from government policy,” one unnamed employee wrote last week, in a post that received dozens of likes and replies.
The employee outlined a plan for China to block off its smartphone market from all American components much in the same way Beijing fostered its Internet tech giants behind a “Great Firewall” that keeps out Google, Facebook, Twitter and dozens of other foreign companies.
“Our domestic market is big enough, we can use this opportunity to build up domestic suppliers and our ecosystem,” the employee wrote.
For his part, Ren advocated the opposite response in his interview with Chinese media.
“We should not promote populism; populism is detrimental to the country,” he said, noting that his family uses Apple products.
Other employees strategized ways to circumvent the US ban.
One advocated turning to Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao to buy the needed components. Another dangled the prospect of setting up dozens of new companies to make purchases from US suppliers.
Many denounced the US and proposed China ban McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and all-American movies and TV shows.
“First time posting under my real name: we must do our jobs well, advance and retreat with our company,” said an employee named Xu Jin.
The tech ban caps months of US effort to isolate Huawei, whose equipment Washington fears could be used as a Trojan horse by Chinese intelligence services.
Still, last week Trump indicated he was willing to include a fix for Huawei in a trade deal that the two economic giants have struggled to seal and US officials issued a 90-day reprieve on the ban.
In Xinsheng, an employee with the handle Youxin lamented: “I want to advance and retreat alongside the company, but then my boss told me to pack up and go,” followed by two sad-face emoticons.