SABB committed to trade finance development in KSA

SABB received the ‘Best Bank for Commodity Finance’ award during the event.
Updated 04 December 2019

SABB committed to trade finance development in KSA

SABB presented important insights about the future of trade finance in Saudi Arabia during the 7th Annual Saudi Trade Finance Summit.

The event, held in Riyadh, was attended by a group of decision-makers, senior experts, professionals, and leaders in the trade finance sector from various governmental and private institutions.

SABB, which was the platinum sponsor of the summit, participated in providing solutions, exchanging ideas to develop trade finance tools, discussing the laws, strategies, and trends of trade finance, during the summit sessions.

SABB also received the “Best Bank for Commodity Finance” award.

The annual summit is considered to be one of the most important events in the Kingdom’s trade finance sector.

Ahmad Alalawi, head of origination and client advisory at SABB, participated with a working paper titled “Saudi Trade Finance Trends and Challenges in 2020,” where he discussed effects of the global trade wars on Saudi trade, the new opportunities in changing the local regulatory environment, and new trade products and the value they can add to the Saudi market.

Another working paper was presented by Sean Bowey, head of global trade and receivables finance products at SABB, titled “Saudi Trade Market Digitization as a Part of an International Trend,” where he stressed that trade finance is coming to unprecedented growth, pointing out to the benefits to banks and customers in Saudi Arabia as an outcome. He also highlighted the importance of developing global standards and digital products in relation to finance, and emphasized the importance of digitization as an important factor to increase transparency, and developing the secondary market.

SABB has launched several products and services aimed at promoting the role of trade finance, in an effort to stimulate the economy and business development in order to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”