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Training of Human Resources key to National Development



Published in Arab News — Monday 10 March 2014

 The Saudi government has accorded priority to the development of its human capital in an effort to increase employment opportunities for Saudi nationals and provide its population with the necessary skills to meet the demands of an expanding economy, Adnan Mandoura, secretary general of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said on Sunday.

Inaugurating the second Middle East and North African ASTD MENA 2014 Training and Development Forum, he said an estimated 60 percent of the Saudi population is under the age of 30, and it is vital to develop human capital for nation-building.

“We invest significantly in training and professional development and expect our people to take advantage of the investment,” said Mandoura.


He said: “Our aim is to offer young Saudis education and training that will help them compete for jobs successfully in the local labor market. We are committed to making a difference to young people’s lives and futures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”


Speaking on the occasion, Consul General of Malaysia Mohd Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak said: “Malaysia is one of the highly preferred nations for Saudi students. Malaysian educational and training institutions are in the forefront to facilitate training for Saudi students.”


The theme for this year’s ASTD MENA 2014 is “Enabling Excellence in Human Capital Development” and the conference is designed to focus attention on training and development of the workforce as a key driver for performance in organizations of every size and in every industry.


According to Walid Wakid, organizer, this year’s ASTD MENA is designed for all professionals, trainers, and decision-makers in the fields of Human Resources Development, Organizational Development, Learning and Development, Talent Management, Career Development, Performance Improvement, coaching, and Training Technology.


He announced that 28 specialists and experts in training from USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Malaysia will be speaking during the three-day conference.

The exclusive conference for workplace learning and development professionals is expected to be attended by 600 professionals from more than 20 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations.


The event covers a vast spectrum ranging from CEOs and specialists to school heads and students.