AlSuwaidi said: “Today, FM services are becoming increasingly important in maintaining asset value in the midst of the continuous adoption of new technologies. These high-tech tools are designed to achieve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and lessen carbon emissions. We are pleased to be able to communicate today with key stakeholders in Kuwait to identify the most important current and future challenges. During our discussions, we were also given an opportunity to develop a clear road map for the local utilities management sector, which is considered a vital contributor to the growth of the GCC sector. We will maintain our collaboration and coordination with service providers, asset owners, utility operators, and government and private sector partners to disseminate the best practices that support the growth, sustainability, and competitiveness of the FM market in general and promote Kuwait’s ongoing projects in particular.”
Ahmad Al Kandari, MEFMA Board Member and Vice Chairman & CEO of United Facilities Management, went through a presentation titled ‘Essential Drivers to Successful FM Projects’ during the event. Moreover, he gave an overview of the key pillars supporting the objectives of the utility management segment.
Al Kandari said: “MEFMA continues to play an important role in the continuing growth and development of the FM industry—ensuring that compliance with the highest standards of efficiency, quality, and sustainability are met, including the move to incorporate newer innovations aimed at reducing operational and administrative costs and strengthening ongoing sustainability efforts. In line with this, we remain steadfast with our commitment to enrich knowledge and transfer expertise to public and private sector stakeholders in Kuwait as part of the continuing move to lay solid foundation for successful local and regional management strategies.”
Besides Al Kandari, Stan Mitchell, CEO of Key Facilities Management, and a pioneer in global FM market, also lectured on ‘Facilities Management - What it really is and How it can deliver Added Value to every Organization’ During his talk, he highlighted the effective role of FM in the development of Kuwait’s key sectors such as the government, commercial, and industrial sectors. Mitchell also showcased the enormous opportunities in the FM sector with regard to Kuwait’s socio-economic growth.
Other speakers were Ahmed Al-Eisa, Vice Chairman and CEO, Engineering Systems Group, who shed the light on the ‘FM Win - Win Equation’; Suleiman Barada, Managing Partner (MEA), S2E Transformation Inc., who presented the ‘Digital Transformation in FM – The Business Case;’ and Ahmad Al-Maraghi, Engineer OSC Maintenance, Services and Commercial, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, who focused on the ‘Highly Efficient and Cost-Saving Green Building.’
AlSuwaidi moderated a panel discussion titled ‘Implementing Best Practices for the FM Industry in Kuwait’ to put the spotlight on Kuwait’s progress in implementing the best practices in the FM sector as well as the current challenges and tools needed to improve the local sector’s efficiency to boost its growth and sustainability.
The seminar provided the participants an ideal platform to gain an in-depth understanding of the life cycle of buildings, the facilities assessment mechanisms, and the collection of reliable asset information from the teams involved in the design, construction, building, testing, and commissioning stages. The attendees also discussed key training program designed to enhance human resources management. The event was attended by VIPs, including Ameera Sultan Bouftain, Acting Head O&M Section, State Audit Bureau; Elie Emile Khalife, CEO, Ecovert FM; Dr. Khalid Al-Mutawa, Executive Business Consultant and Vice CEO, Engineering Systems Group; and Lama Al Fadala, CEO of Taiba Hospital.
The event was sponsored by leading private companies in Kuwait, which include The Engineering Systems Group (Headline Sponsor), United Facilities Management (Headline Sponsor), Ecovert FM Kuwait (Seminar Sponsor) and the Kuwait Society of Engineers (Supporting Association).
The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) is a non-profit organization established in 2010 by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai business Events (DBE) and Dubai World Trade Centre. The association aims to provide specialized services and help unify the facilities management sector by conducting research, organizing educational programs, and assisting organizations and institutions to develop sustainable facilities management strategies, networking, education, knowledge exchange, leadership thinking, legislative provisions, and companies’ communications. MEFMA is also a registered member of Global Facility Management (Global FM), a worldwide alliance of member-cantered facility management organizations, providing leadership in the advancement of the FM profession.
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