Saudi productive families trained to make cloth masks

The masks conform to medical specifications. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 June 2020

Saudi productive families trained to make cloth masks

MAKKAH: Saudi productive families are being trained to make cloth masks through an initiative launched by the Al-Hayat Academy for Women’s Empowerment. The 90 families will manufacture around 20,000 masks a month that conform to medical specifications. The masks are 100 percent cotton and available in different colors. They feature a comfortable elastic band and the option of carrying institutional or agency logos.
The academy currently offers a number of professional and vocational sessions such as fashion design, decoupage, and soap-making as well as others to prepare trainees for entering the job market and marketing their products online.

Abdulaziz Al-Shamsi, CEO of the Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information

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Abdulaziz Al-Shamsi, CEO of the Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information

Abdulaziz Al-Shamsi has been CEO at the Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information (Tabadul) since 2017.

Tabadul is an innovation hub that offers services to the government and private sector that focus on facilitating trade and streamlining electronic transactions. The company recently sold 100 percent of its shares at the Public Investment Fund (PIF) to the information security company Elm.

Al-Shamsi said he was confident that this deal would enable Tabadul to expedite its new service offerings and solutions. Combining Tabadul’s forces with Elm’s will also allow Tabadul to leverage product capabilities and create a comprehensive logistics platform that is core to its growth strategy.

Prior to joining Tabadul, Al-Shamsi was the operations director at Elm and held other positions with that company during 2012 and 2017.

Al-Shamsi has more than 20 years of experience, mostly in telecoms and the IT industry. He has worked with firms such as Lucent Technologies International, Saudi Telecoms Company (STC), Go Telecom, as well as the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

He began his career with Lucent Technologies’ branch in Saudi Arabia, working there for more than 4 years as a business applications engineer, project leader, supervisor, and manager.  

At CITC he was a system solutions specialist. His responsibilities included leading and managing the implementation of the Saudi home computer initiative portal, including integration with organizations such as STC and the Kingdom’s electronic bill payment system SADAD.

Al-Shamsi holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and an executive MBA from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.