Saudi Arabia’s Monshaat opens SMEs support center

Monshaat support center is giving Saudi professionals the chance to enhance their professional skills. (Photo/Shutterstock)
Updated 23 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Monshaat opens SMEs support center

  • It connects “beneficiaries” with freelance professionals to meet inside the support center in Riyadh
  • The open offices is where the consultants who enrolled in the consultancy program attend to provide specialized advice in areas such as strategic planning, operations, marketing and sales, legal and technology

RIYADH: The Monshaat support center for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) provides a package of three programs in cooperation with the public/private sectors to develop entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs facing daily challenges to their growth.

It connects “beneficiaries” with freelance professionals to meet inside the support center in Riyadh.

“We provide in the SMEs’ support center three main programs (training, advisory and mentorship); currently we serve more than 1,000 SMEs and entrepreneurs,” Monshaat said in a statement. “Also, we will be across the country soon with new programs customized to each region.”

The center is a well-designed offline platform that provides offices to meet in. The customer journey starts with meeting a business support consultant located within the center who identifies customer needs and assigns them to the most suitable program provided by scheduling a session in one or more of the three programs.

While there are many other initiatives to increase SMEs contribution to GDP by 35 percent in aligning with Vision 2030, Monshaat plays a different role through meeting the strategic and technical requirements for a business to start and grow.

The open offices is where the consultants who enrolled in the consultancy program attend to provide specialized advice in areas such as strategic planning, operations, marketing and sales, legal and technology.

Deema Al-Juhaimi, a freelance consultant registered with the Monshaat support center program to provide technical advice for startup founders and small enterprises, said: “As a consultant, I enlisted in the consultancy program last month when its first launched. During my 30-minute session, I found out that most of the clients’ business ages vary from startups to a small business. For now, clients mostly look for electronic solutions that can speed up and cut operational costs, or to move from offline to virtual sales.”

While the mentorship program includes a team of experienced professionals who work part-time to provide practical advice and guidance to beneficiaries during a face-to-face session, the training program model offers a number of courses as part of the comprehensive qualification program for capacity building of entrepreneurs and existing SMEs. 

“We have two trainings programs weekly as well as different workshops daily, and four to nine advisers (in all topics, changed every day based on the client’s need) available daily (Sun-Thu).”

Although Monshaat support center is still in its very early stages, it is giving Saudi professional the chance to enhance their leadership skills and provide support to the SME community, and it is expected that the number of enlisted experts and support seekers will increase due to the boom of entrepreneurship in KSA while meeting the Monshaat objective of building a competitive economic system that ensures the sustainability and prosperity of SMEs.

As a result, the support center is expected to significantly contribute to the birth of start-ups and to escalate businesses’ growth through strategic approaches and well-executed plans to ensure sustainability.


Writing’s on the wall for unsightly graffiti in 36 Saudi cities

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Writing’s on the wall for unsightly graffiti in 36 Saudi cities

  • 5,700 students tapped to replace graffiti with traditional art
  • The massive spruce-up operation will take place in southwest region of Asir

RIYADH: An initiative to clear unsightly graffiti from the walls of 36 Saudi cities and replace it with traditional art has been officially launched.

A 5,700-strong army of students will be drafted for the massive spruce-up operation to take place over a period of 36 hours across the Kingdom’s southwest region of Asir.

Once the walls have been cleaned, the second phase of the project will involve raising awareness about the importance of maintaining public spaces, with the city of Abha the first to benefit. There, a length of wall covering more than 2,000 square meters, will be decorated.

The scheme is partly aimed at encouraging Asir youth to become proactive citizens in their own cities, and role models for other provinces.

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The scheme aims to encourage Asir youth to become proactive citizens in their own cities, and role models for other provinces.

Students from seven education administrations in the region will clean walls on main and side roads, and also suburbs, in 36 cities.

An official statement issued by Asir regional authorities, said the objectives behind the Asir campaign were “to encourage social responsibility among its citizens, empower youth to participate in activities that bring out their potential, and to increase awareness of responsibility toward public ownership.”

Students from seven education administrations in the region will clean walls on main and side roads, and also suburbs, in 36 cities.

Many of the walls will then be decked out with art works including Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, a traditionally female interior wall decoration. In 2017, the ancient art form was added to the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The statement added that Asir had been embracing cultural art for decades, and Al-Qatt Al-Asiri was now identified with the Asir region around the world. The British Museum and other major international exhibition centers have been acquiring the work of Asir artists in recent years.

Attending the launch of the initiative in Abha, Dr. Walid Al-Humaidi, the secretary of Asir region, said: “This initiative is part of objectives to improve the urban landscape, which is one of the most important programs of national transformation in the municipal sector in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

He added that the second part of the project aimed to increase awareness about the value of artwork and its role in developing a sense of human belonging.