In Saudi Arabia, GE is supporting the Kingdom’s vision to promote localization and knowledge transfer through training and creating value-added new opportunities with its partners.
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GE has the largest country operation in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, employing over 1,600 professionals. Building on eight decades of partnership with Saudi Arabia, GE stands strong behind its commitment to promote Saudi talent development and to create jobs for its skilled young nationals. Through training, knowledge transfer and building research capabilities, GE is supporting the Kingdom’s vision and development plan.
Partnering with the public and private sector to help develop Saudi human capital, GE has supported path-breaking projects in innovation, healthcare and energy. Some of the key centers GE has launched through its partnerships include the GE Saudi Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno-Valley, the Healthcare Skills and Training Institute at King Fahd Medical City (KFMC), and the GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC) in Dammam. In 2013, Saudization at the GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC) reached 77%, a 17% increase from the previous year which also included the hiring of the first two Saudi female engineers in the facility.
- Problem: Saudi Arabia has a growing population, and its youth now represent more than 40 percent of its current population. One of the central goals of the Kingdom is to promote talent development and create jobs for its skilled young nationals.
- GE Solution:GE is an employer of choice. GE is proud to have worked with its Saudi partners to empower the Kingdom’s local talent through training, knowledge transfer and building research capabilities.
- Problem:In the Middle East and North Africa, women are 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed than their male counterparts.
- GE Solution:The GE’s Women’s Network accelerates the advancement of women in the region. Over 500 women already collaborate with GE business in the region, and this number continues to grow, providing development that focuses on leadership, advancement and career-broadening opportunities needed to drive GE’s success.
- Problem:The region needs to develop homegrown solutions that drive sustainable growth.
- GE Solution:GE opened the Saudi Innovation Center in Dhahran Techno Valley. The center is a place where partners, customers, think tanks and academic institutions can collaborate and co-create. Aimed at fostering home-grown innovation, the center represents the first milestone of GE’s US1$ billion investment commitment to create more energy efficient and affordable healthcare solutions in the Kingdom. Through this ambitious center, GE’s vision is to create an innovation ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurship and strengthens local manufacturing in the country.