Saudi Aramco displays experience in localisation, local content at AFED 2018

Saudi Aramco displays experience in localisation, local content at AFED 2018
AFED 2018 gathers participants from all of the Saudi Armed Forces branches, government entities and private sector.
Published: 27 February 2018 - 1 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

Saudi Aramco is participating in the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED), as a Diamond Localisation Partner, and shares its experience in localisation and increasing local content.

The exhibition is taking place from 25 February to 5 March 5 2018, under the patronage of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and organised by the Saudi Armed Forces in Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

“This exhibition is a great opportunity to explore venues of partnership and collaboration to localise industries and increase the share of local content as outlined by the Kingdom ambitious roadmap, Saudi Vision 2030,” said Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, vice president for procurement and supply chain management, Saudi Aramco.

“Saudi Aramco’s in-kingdom total value add programme (iktva) is a landmark initiative that catalyses localisation in the energy and energy-related industries, leverages the economic role of SMEs and increases their contribution to the national GDP, and adds thousands of quality job opportunities.”

Al-Abdulkarim mentioned that an average annual spending of approximately $12bn was directed at over 4,000 SMEs during the past few years, either directly by Saudi Aramco or through its supply chain. He emphasised the importance of creating an ecosystem that enables SMEs to flourish and grow in order to achieve a sustainable economic development in the Kingdom.

Iktva programme aims at creating value from the great opportunities offered by the Saudi energy sector. The programme is designed to increase the share of local content in energy-related products and services, increase exports, localise the energy value chain in the Kingdom, create thousands of job opportunities for Saudis, and leverage the role of SMEs in economic development around the world.

Through iktva, Saudi Aramco plans to deliver a world-class, locally sourced supply chain in the Kingdom with an overarching objective of achieving 70% of locally supplied content by 2021. This is in line with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 that aspires to raise the contribution of local content in industry and to foster the economic role of SMEs as engines for innovation and sustainability. Currently, SMEs contribute around 20% of the Kingdom’s GDP, and Saudi Vision 2030 has set an initial target to increase that share to 35%.

In addition to presenting Saudi Aramco’s experience in localisation and local content, the company’s pavilion at the exhibition presented King Salman Energy Park and Aramco Entrepreneurship Centre (Wa’ed).

Situated between Abqaiq and Dammam, King Salman Energy Park offers a fully integrated industrial city with world-class infrastructure and services developed to attract world-leading manufacturing and service companies, supporting the energy sector. The city will be developed, operated, and anchored by Saudi Aramco, and it is aligned with Saudi Vision 2030.

At maturity, the Energy Park will contribute over $6bn annually to the Kingdom’s GDP and create more than thousands of direct and indirect jobs. It will be developed on a 50km2 site in the Eastern Province, and will focus on upstream, downstream, petrochemicals, power, and water and waste water. Development of the project’s first phase will start in Q2-2018.

Wa’ed, since its inception, has funded a number of new and innovative projects in various industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, education, industrial services and others.

AFED 2018 gathers participants from all of the Saudi Armed Forces branches, government entities and private sector. It presents tens of thousands of investment opportunities in manufacturing equipment and spare parts.

Objectives of the exhibition include presenting manufacturing opportunities of materials and spare parts, establishing communication and partnerships among attendees, presenting the capabilities of relevant Saudi organisations, promoting and developing local industry to achieve higher global standards, supporting localisation and knowledge transfer, creating opportunities for the private sector, and attracting foreign investments.

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