Herfy to open outlets in Bangladesh

Herfy CEO Ahmed H. Al-Said, Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi, and Greenland chairman Mohammad Abdul Hye cut the cake to celebrate the signing of franchise agreement in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 04 June 2016

Herfy to open outlets in Bangladesh

RIYADH: Herfy, a major Saudi fast-food services company, has signed an Area Development Franchise Agreement with Greenland Services Ltd., a business unit of Greenland Group of Bangladesh, to expand its business horizon beyond the Middle East.
The agreement spells out a vision to open 30 Herfy outlets in Bangladesh in a staggered schedule within a few years.
A signing ceremony for the agreement held here recently was attended by Herfy CEO Ahmed H. Al-Said, Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi and Greeland Chairman Mohammad Abdul Hye.
The ceremony was also attended by a large number of guests and
Diplomats, top executives of the Herfy Food Services led by Al-Said, and a large number of guests were also present.
This is the first agreement of its kind between the private sector of the two countries as the Bangladesh economy remained strong and resilient despite external and internal challenges.
In fact, Bangladesh is among the top 12 developing countries with a population of over 20 million, which achieved 6 plus percent growth in 2016.
Now, Bangladesh needs to focus on a growth agenda centered on sustainable and inclusive growth.
Referring to the Herfy-Greenland deal, a press statement said that the agreement entitles Greenland to open 30 stores in Bangladesh within a few years from now. Herfy, as a market leader in fast-food, aspires to expand its presence in other countries. “The business accord that ensures opening of Herfy restaurants in Bangladesh is the first step toward that direction,” said Abdul Hye.
He pointed out that the first Herfy restaurant will be opened this year. He added that Greenland was interested to bring 100 percent halal and hygienic food to the Bangladesh market following the deal with Herfy.
The move to open Herfy dine-in and drive-through restaurants in Bangladesh is significant keeping in view the rapid growth of the fast-food industry sector of Bangladesh.
The food taking habits, especially in the fast-food segment, has been changed a lot over last decade among the people of that South Asian nation.
A large number of Bangladeshi nationals, who have been residing and working in the Kingdom, have developed tastes and likings for Saudi fast-foods including Herfy.
“Today, Herfy is a major fast food restaurant chain in the Kingdom and one of the largest in the Middle East, surpassing international chains in terms of presence,” the statement added.

Davos organizer WEF warns of growing risk of cyberattacks in Gulf

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Davos organizer WEF warns of growing risk of cyberattacks in Gulf

  • Critical infrastructure such as power centers and water plants at particular risk, says expert
  • Report finds that unemployment is a major concern in Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia

LONDON: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned of the growing possibility of cyberattacks in the Gulf — with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar particularly vulnerable.

Cyberattacks were ranked as the second most important risk — after an “energy shock” — in the three Gulf states, according to the WEF’s flagship Global Risks Report 2019.

The report was released ahead of the WEF’s annual forum in Davos, Switzerland, which starts on Tuesday.

In an interview with Arab News, John Drzik, president of global risk and digital at professional services firm Marsh & McLennan said: “The risk of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure such as power centers and water plants is moving up the agenda in the Middle East, and in the Gulf in particular.”

Drzik was speaking on the sidelines of a London summit where WEF unveiled the report, which was compiled in partnership with Marsh and Zurich Insurance.

“Cyberattacks are a growing concern as the regional economy becomes more sophisticated,” he said.

“Critical infrastructure means centers where disablement could affect an entire society — for instance an attack on an electric grid.”

Countries needed to “upgrade to reflect the change in the cyber risk environment,” he added.

The WEF report incorporated the results of a survey taken from about 1,000 experts and decision makers.

The top three risks for the Middle East and Africa as a whole were found to be an energy price shock, unemployment or underemployment, and terrorist attacks.

Worries about an oil price shock were said to be particularly pronounced in countries where government spending was rising, said WEF. This group includes Saudi Arabia, which the IMF estimated in May 2018 had seen its fiscal breakeven price for oil — that is, the price required to balance the national budget — rise to $88 a barrel, 26 percent above the IMF’s October 2017 estimate, and also higher than the country’s medium-term oil-price target of $70–$80.

But that disclosure needed to be balanced with the fact that risk of “fiscal crises” dropped sharply in the WEF survey rankings, from first position last year to fifth in 2018.

The report said: “Oil prices increased substantially between our 2017 and 2018 surveys, from around $50 to $75. This represents a significant fillip for the fiscal position of the region’s oil producers, with the IMF estimating that each $10 increase in oil prices should feed through to an improvement on the fiscal balance of 3 percentage points of GDP.”

At national level, this risk of “unemployment and underemployment” ranked highly in Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia.
“Unemployment is a pressing issue in the region, particularly for the rapidly expanding young population: Youth unemployment averages around 25 percent and is close to 50 percent in Oman,” said the report.

Other countries attaching high prominence to domestic and regional fractures in the survey were Tunisia, with “profound
social instability” ranked first, and Algeria, where respondents ranked “failure of regional and global governance” first.

Looking at the global picture, WEF warned that weakened international co-operation was damaging the collective will to confront key issues such as climate change and environmental degradation.