Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees, Minister of Labor and Social Development, inaugurated a three-day Human Resources Forum, under the theme, Transforming HR: Enabling Saudi 2030 Vision, organized by SABIC at the company headquarters in Riyadh on October 15.
The opening day was attended by Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafees, Minister of Labor and Social Development, Dr. Abdulaziz Saleh Al-Jarbou, SABIC Chairman, Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, local and international organizations, and specialists in the field of human resources.
The aim of the forum is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise related to human resource development in Saudi Arabia and explore best practices in the area. It targets those interested in human resources area, and is being attended by local, international and government bodies.
Following the enthusiastic response to the Forum, Dr. Al-Ghafees, and Dr. Al-Jarbou, agreed to jointly host such forums on an annual basis in future. Dr. Al-Ghafees expressed his thanks and appreciation to SABIC for its efforts to develop best practices in human resources in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Jarbou welcomed the new partnership, stressing that it was part of the ongoing cooperation between the Ministry and SABIC, aimed at achieving the ambitious vision of the Saudi leadership.
In his opening speech, Dr. Al-Ghafees stressed that the country needs such initiatives to build its human capital to transform Saudi Arabia from an oil-dependent economy to a future that is built on economic diversity.
The Minister called on international and local experts participating in the forum to come up with practical suggestions and recommendations on how to develop and improve human resources in Saudi Arabia.
In his address, Al-Benyan stressed the important role that the private sector could play in the development of human resources in Saudi Arabia. He thanked Dr. Al-Ghafees for patronizing the Forum, stressing that the partnership between the public and private sectors was key to any efforts aimed at developing human resources.
Al-Benyan called for immediate plans to develop human resources to meet the growing demand for skilled manpower in the downstream industry sector and to ensure the success of local content development programs. “At SABIC, we have established a dedicated unit for the development of local industrial content, not only to support domestic industries, but also to contribute to the realization of the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. We also aim at contributing to the growth of the downstream sector in the Kingdom, thus creating a new strategic market for local and international companies, including SABIC,” Al-Benyan said.
“The pursuit of excellence requires capable people who want to make a difference. Therefore, the development of human resources is essential. People must become productive to ensure a place in the future of our country. We need to provide an appropriate environment for the workforce to assume their responsibilities efficiently,” he added.
Also speaking on the occasion, Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Oudan, SABIC Executive Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, said that the Forum represents a real opportunity to develop entrepreneurial thinking in Saudi Arabia by focusing more on start-ups and small and medium enterprises.
He added that the Forum stresses on innovation as an inspiring source for business development. SABIC will be in the forefront of any effort to build a business environment in Saudi Arabia and encourage local industries.
During the Forum, SABIC also announced the establishment of Saudi Arabia’s first “Human Resources Think Tank,” which will allow for more exchange of views and experiences in the field of human resource development.
On the opening day of the Forum, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Essa, Minister of Education, and Dr. Abdulaziz Saleh Al-Jarbou, SABIC Chairman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at preparing male and female students for the labor market by developing their skills and potentials in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The MoU also seeks to encourage creativity and innovation through the “Experimental Innovation Incubators” initiative, which is intended to nurture talented students and provide a stimulating environment for their development. Under the initiative, the ministry’s leaders will also undergo training programs at the SABIC Academy.