Saudi Arabia launches training program to build skills in exports sector

The Saudi Exports Development Authority is preparing its local work force for the country's growing non-oil export industry. (Screen grab from a SEDA video)
Updated 18 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia launches training program to build skills in exports sector

  • The program offers 250 training scholarships from SEDA to employees of 112 national enterprises

JEDDAH: The Saudi Exports Development Authority (SEDA) has launched the first phase of its export certification support program in cooperation with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Academy to enhance knowledge and skills, and develop human capabilities in the exports sector.

The program offers 250 training scholarships from SEDA to employees of 112 national enterprises, which are either currently exporting or aspiring to export in a variety of sectors. Through this program, the staff of these companies will be able to obtain the specialized export-import certificate.

Delivered through an e-learning platform, the certificate program offers professional development to the participants through five courses, preparing them for a competency examination to make them eligible for the certificate. Candidates are examined to demonstrate professional competencies in international trade and topics related to international business, contracts, financing options and logistics.

The certification comes in response to the growing needs of local enterprises to build the capabilities of their employees. It reflects the efforts of SEDA to equip the enterprises in the Kingdom with export skills and knowledge and enhance their competencies in international markets.

The certification holds considerable significance for the Kingdom, as development of competencies in the areas of management, international marketing, supply chain, and trade finance is crucial for Saudi enterprises looking to expand internationally.

SEDA employs its capabilities to improve efficiencies in the sector by enhancing the export environment, building export capabilities and promoting exporters and their products.

It creates export opportunities and increases the competitiveness of Saudi businesses to help them access international markets.

The efforts of SEDA are guided by the Saudi Vision 2030 and based on the aspirations of the Kingdom’s leadership to diversify the revenue sources of the national economy.


Saudis volunteer to aid Makkah pilgrims during Ramadan

Around 1,400 doctors and medical students were volunteering, hoping to make a difference and to serve their country. (SPA)
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Saudis volunteer to aid Makkah pilgrims during Ramadan

  • 1,400 doctors and medical students are volunteering

MAKKAH: Saudis are volunteering in Makkah to help pilgrims, dealing with their health issues and any other requirements they may have so their Umrah can be performed with ease.
Doctors, teachers, engineers and government employees are among those giving their time and energy during the holy month of Ramadan to help the millions of Muslims who are in Makkah.
The head of Nabad, a volunteer group, said that medical professionals and other specialists were focusing on nationals and residents through events in malls, hospitals and health centers.
“Nabad has contributed to promoting knowledge among members of civil society and focused on serving widows, divorcees, low-income people, people with special needs and the elderly through events carried out in conjunction with government bodies,” Dr. Yasser Al-Sharif told Arab News.
He added that 1,400 doctors and medical students were volunteering, hoping to make a difference and to serve their country.
Al-Sharif said the events were aimed at raising awareness about several programs, including one about health empowerment ambassadors, for guests of the Grand Mosque. Pilgrims are provided with information upon arrival at the airport in different languages, he said.
Rania Shodari is part of a volunteer program for pilgrims, offering them gifts and introducing them to Makkah landmarks, and described the experience as special.
“Volunteering should come from the heart and not be a means to show off,” she told Arab News. “We focus on bringing smiles to pilgrims’ faces and intensifying efforts to reflect real Saudi hospitality, from the moment they arrive until their departure.