Eram Group, the multi-faceted business conglomerate, announced recently the signing of a partnership agreement with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Training & Development, the recognized leader in providing workforce learning solutions, to deliver ASME’s courses in the Middle East.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, Chairman & Managing Director, Eram Group, and Ms. Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb, President, ASME, at an elegant ceremony held in Dubai recently at the Address downtown hotel. Eminent personalities from various industries, Government, NGO’s were present at the ceremony.
The announcement follows the huge success witnessed in 2013 through ASME Public Courses that were conducted in Dubai.
Under the terms of the agreement, Eram Group will serve as an Authorized Training Provider to deliver ASME’s more than 300 courses to the region. The training courses, which will be conducted by world-class instructors have been specifically developed to boost technical competence and heighten managerial experience for engineers and technical professionals.
“Our decision to partner with Eram Group stems from their long-standing presence and exceptional knowledge of the Middle East market,” said Ms. Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb, President of ASME. “Through this partnership, ASME aims to facilitate the training and developments needs of the market,” she added.
With Global headquarters in Dubai & Regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia, Eram Group constitutes over 22 leading companies across 10 countries in the GCC, Europe and India, and is supported by a strong & multitalented workforce capable of provide innovative solutions to the market.
Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, chairman of Eram Group, commented on the agreement by saying, “It is indeed a great honor for us & we are looking forward to collaborating with ASME to deliver their high quality training programs in the Middle East. ASME is globally known for being the leading developer of standards associated with art, science and mechanical engineering, and the ASME codes are accepted in more than 100 countries worldwide.”
“ASME’s broad and specialized training portfolio can effectively augment the ongoing nationalization drive pursued by various governments in the region to nationalise the labour force and initiatives for creating a safer work environment. We will make every effort to reach out to the vast engineering community working in the region, and will be conducting Public Courses in various locations across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In the near future, we will also be delivering in-house training to different organizations, customized to their requirements with world class trainers who have decades of experience in their respective industry,” Dr. Siddeek Ahmed highlighted.
The Signing ceremony was felicitated by Mr. Mark Sheehan Managing Director – Codes and Standards of ASME, Mr. Michael Michaud Managing Director – Global Alliances of ASME, Eng. Ibrahim S. Al Dhobaie- Deputy Secretary General of Saudi Council of Engineers, Mr. Nasar Shiha Director of Jawa petroleum Investment company, Dr. Attawi Dean of Bahrain College and several other guests and employees of Eram Group.
Eram Group and ASME’s partnership comes at a critical time when Infrastructure developments in the region are at an all-time high.
The UAE is currently constructing four nuclear energy plants in Barakah to meet at least 20 percent of the national electricity demand by 2020. Current estimates are that the program will need between 2,100 and 2,300 staff by then, of which 60% is projected to be made of Emirati nationals. Other GCC countries have also adopted nationalisation according to Emirates Nuclear Energy Cooperation (ENEC).
Saudi Arabia alone is estimated to be spending $784 billion on infrastructure developments, according to Citistates’ MENA Projects Tracker, while the UAE’s spending is estimated at $669 billion. The same report highlights that almost 60 per cent of the $2.5 trillion worth of projects in the MENA region are taking place in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
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