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Shell Intilaaqah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

A special ceremony has been held to celebrate the graduation of 160 young people who have successfully completed the Shell Intilaaqah enterprise training programme in Saudi Arabia (KSA), in cooperation with the Riyadh Centre for the development of small and medium sized businesses.

Held at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the ceremony was followed by a panel discussion during which special guests and Intilaaqah alumni responded to questions relating to their experiences in corporate governance both global and local, and on the opportunities of enterprise as a career option.

Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, former head of the General Authority for Investment, the event also attracted other guests of honour, including: Dr Abdulrahman Al Zamil, Chairman of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Mr Patrick Van Daele, Country Chairman of Shell in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

During his address, HRH Prince Abdullah said, “small and medium enterprises have contributed to reducing unemployment in The Kingdom and led to youth building on the principles of economic development.”

Patrick Van Daele added, “We have a shared responsibility to promote employment opportunities for young people, and we are very pleased that our excellent partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh has allowed us to contribute to the development of several Intilaaqah training courses in their premises and to work together to support the 2020 Vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Highlighting the impact of the programme, Intilaaqah KSA Programme Manager, Nawaf Almusra said, “Shell Intilaaqah was launched in 2010 and has delivered enterprise training to over 6,000 young Saudis. The programme aims to educate members of the community, and especially young people, to see starting a business as a viable employment option. The latest programme review indicates that 20% of Intilaaqah KSA graduates were able to create very successful and stable enterprises, and each year this number is rising.” 


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