Bahri donates SR10m to help combat COVID-19

Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al-Sarhan, chairman of Bahri.
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Updated 02 April 2020

Bahri donates SR10m to help combat COVID-19

Bahri, a Saudi provider of logistics and transportation, announced that its board of directors has recently approved a donation of SR10 million ($2.7 million) to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to support its initiatives against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the Kingdom.

Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al-Sarhan, chairman of Bahri, said: “Given the current global situation and challenges resulting from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Bahri is pleased to express gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We also extend our appreciation to the government sectors in general, and the MoH in particular, for their round-the-clock, tireless efforts to ensure the safety and health of citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia.”

Al-Sarhan added: “Underlining its social responsibility commitment to cooperating with all entities in the Kingdom to strengthen the national efforts and support the government during this period, Bahri decided to donate SR10 million to back the initiatives of the MoH to contain the outbreak.” We are also pleased to place our expertise, maritime fleet, logistics services, and offices around the world at the disposal of the ministry, to help achieve the common national goal of preserving public health.”

Bahri has taken all the necessary precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its employees at its offices and onboard vessels. The company is operating as normal to deliver on its commitment to its customers around the world and to ensure that they receive the highest quality service without disruption. As it continues to evaluate the situation, Bahri is also keen to implement further instructions and preventive measures being issued by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Updated 21 September 2020

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Speakers and experts at an international conference revealed that an estimated 1 million jobs are expected to be created in the Kingdom over the next five years, due to the acceleration of digital transformation in several industries and sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser, chief executive of the STC Group and head of the Digital Transformation Working Group of the Saudi B20 business group, participated in an interactive session titled “Digital Transformation: The Future After the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was held recently and included the participation of representatives from the B20 business group in 20 countries.

Al-Nasser explained that future jobs will depend entirely on technology and innovation, noting the gender disparity in the field of technology. It is therefore significant to empower women entrepreneurs and work together with governments to create targeted employment programs, designed to involve and qualify women in the technical sector while encouraging their promotion to leadership positions.

“We need to ensure that young women receive training and guidance when they enter the job market or start their own businesses, and the Kingdom has adopted many initiatives and investments to qualify young men and women through education,” he said. “In 2019, the Kingdom allocated SR1 billion ($266 million) to support universities in preparing students for the job market.”

The Saudi B20 and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) organized a virtual meeting, where a number of key government actors and G20 members presented recommendations and exchanged experiences on future investments, digital transformation, sustainability and 5G-based digital solutions.

The Saudi business group is committed to providing recommendations that promote the implementation of robust policies through transparent dialogue and constructive cooperation with all relevant parties, supported by a group of international organizations that act as knowledge and communication experts. It is the official platform of the business community at the G20 summit, and plays a representative role for the private sector before the group.

Maadad Al-Ajmi, head of the working group of the B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity and Compliance and vice president and general counsel for legal affairs at STC, participated in a session dedicated to compliance and integrity. Nasser Al-Jareed, head of the Workers’ Communication Group of the B20 and director of the Workers’ Committees Support Program at STC, was also a participant.

The Kingdom has taken qualitative steps toward ensuring a speedy development toward digital transformation through the adoption of state-of-the-art telecommunications and ICT technology, thereby facilitating the transformation toward a knowledge economy and e-commerce. These efforts ultimately aim to achieve higher satisfaction rates and quality of living for both citizens and residents, facilitating their everyday lives.