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Energy efficiency, young entrepreneurs focus of Aramco event

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Participants with company officials and speakers during the annual media event hosted by Saudi Aramco in Jeddah. — SG photo

Syeda Amtul
Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH — A grand annual media event was held at Saudi Aramco’s center in Jeddah’s Rehab district on Wednesday to discuss important topics such as energy efficiency and young entrepreneurs.

The event hosted by Saudi Aramco attracted prominent figures from the media.

Dr. Abdul Aziz, team leader of the Saudi energy efficiency national program, gave a presentation in which he focused on three sectors including buildings and infrastructure, industries and transportation.

He said: “We are trying to make people use less energy. In this regard we used all initiatives and tried to create awareness in people to save energy.

“A change in lifestyle is our objective. People have to be wiser when consuming fuel.”

He said his program works on different levels and targets different audiences like women and children, teachers, industries and workers, business owners, schools, commercial sectors, laborers, the construction sector and those involved in producing and selling energy-efficient home appliances.

To reach their target audiences, his team organizes different programs such as extracurricular school activities, road shows and shopping mall exhibitions.

He said: “The Saudi energy efficiency center is trying to create awareness of the importance of efficient energy consumption in all fields, especially in industries.”

He presented different energy consumption trends such as increasing demand and his program’s accomplishments from 2003 to 2013 through charts and graphs.

Samir Kursania, a consultant in the Saudi Aramco entrepreneur center, also displayed a presentation on entrepreneurship activities in Saudi Arabia and how the Wa’ed program for young entrepreneurs helps youths create their own business visions.

According to him, Wa’ed helps create small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that boost the Kingdom’s economy and provide jobs for young people.

Kursani said: “There are also sorts of micro financing schemes and organizations to help these small businesses.

“We don’t want to compete with them; we are targeting businesses that contribute to the nation’s prosperity and create more jobs.

“We help to localize manufacturing and create organizations that deal with improving education.

“Right now the Wa’ed program is for only Saudi entrepreneurs but we have a program to support SMEs run by other nationals that are only specialized in energy.”

The event concluded with an open discussion where journalists acquired information about both programs.

He said: “The Saudi energy efficiency center is trying to create awareness of the importance of efficient energy consumption in all fields, especially in industries.”

He presented different energy consumption trends such as increasing demand and his program’s accomplishments from 2003 to 2013 through charts and graphs.

Samir Kursania, a consultant in the Saudi Aramco entrepreneur center, also displayed a presentation on entrepreneurship activities in Saudi Arabia and how the Wa’ed program for young entrepreneurs helps youths create their own business visions.

According to him, Wa’ed helps create small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that boost the Kingdom’s economy and provide jobs for young people.

Kursani said: “There are also sorts of micro financing schemes and organizations to help these small businesses.

“We don’t want to compete with them; we are targeting businesses that contribute to the nation’s prosperity and create more jobs.

“We help to localize manufacturing and create organizations that deal with improving education.

“Right now the Wa’ed program is for only Saudi entrepreneurs but we have a program to support SMEs run by other nationals that are only specialized in energy.”

The event concluded with an open discussion where journalists acquired information about both programs.

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