Apr 24 2013
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Aramco plans direct, indirect initiatives to boost Saudi jobs
Al-Falih revealed this move to Prince Saud Bin Naif, Governor of the Eastern Province, during the latter's recent visit to Saudi Aramco headquarters in Dhahran.
Al-Falih also explained the company's efforts and leadership in research, both within the company and at Saudi universities, as well as the launch of an initiative to enrich two million young Saudi men and women in the sciences and knowledge.
During his visit, Prince Saud was given the chance to meet many employees, and he expressed his pride at the level of competency he saw. He was pleased with the company's progress and its aspiration and strategic shift to become a global energy and petrochemical company.
"The technological advancements that have been achieved by Saudi employees will take the company to the highest standards of global competitiveness," he said.
Prince Saud thanked the company's employees and Al-Falih for their efforts and contribution to the prosperity and development of the Kingdom.
Al-Falih gave Prince Saud an overview of the company's business, particularly in the Eastern province.
Al-Falih emphasized the value of citizenship in Saudi Aramco and its positive impact on the surrounding community.
Saudi Aramco has pledged to support the national economy and promote ways to achieve the concept of a knowledge-based society, while maintaining a responsible approach to environmental sustainability, Al-Falih noted.
Aramco CEO also said the company is working on the production of oil, gas and petrochemicals within the vision and integrated strategy of the development of the national economy, which will be achieved by creating more job opportunities, adapting new technologies and the development of technology.
The company believed that this can be achieved through building a knowledge-based society that serves as a foundation for preparing young workers who can operate the company generation after generation, Al-Falih added.
The prince was also updated on Wa'ed, the company's initiative to help the startup of small- to medium-size enterprises that will help diversify the national economy.
The prince reiterated the support Saudi Aramco enjoys from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and from Crown Prince Salman, and how this support has helped the company boost the domestic economy through increased Saudization and the adoption of modern technology.
He added that the support has helped the company leverage the maximum benefit from the hydrocarbons.
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