“MHPS achieved 51% of its plan to develop Saudi talent in line with Saudi aspiration. This is to reach the percentage of Saudization to 60% by 2023,” said Mr. Khalid Salem President of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems in Middle East and North Africa.
“The company’s plans are to focus on localizing the manufacturing of its most advanced gas turbine technologies within the Kingdom. This comes in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030,” Khaled Salem stated, in an interview with “Ajel” newspaper.
Here comes the dialogue:
- What is the percentage of Saudi talent development now, as you are 3 years away from achieving your target number?
We have also achieved 51% of our Saudi talent development plan and are looking forward to accomplishing our Saudization target of 60% by 2023.
- What are the challenges you are facing?
We continuously work towards overcoming challenges. We have also made significant progress in a short period of time.
Our priorities focus mainly on continuous development of our Saudi workforce so that we build a layer of in-house Saudis capable of leading our Saudi Arabian and regional activities. We are deploying training and development programs structured as a mix of classroom and on-the-job training, both in Saudi Arabia and in Japan. On the other hand, we’re also trying to maintain diversity in our teams, providing a wider pool of skills and experiences that will benefit in an agile learning and better working environment. Finally, internships and university scholarships play an important role to contribute to wider local workforce, and through which we can also identify talents earlier and attract them to our organization.
- What are your upcoming projects in the Kingdom? Any new partnerships or expansion plans in Saudi Arabia?
In alignment with vision 2030 and IKTVA, we also continue to expand our plans, focusing on localization of manufacturing of our most advanced gas turbine technologies in the Kingdom. Hence, we continue to be engaged with various local, regional and international stakeholders in the power and energy sector.
Concerning partnerships, we are always seeking long-term partnerships; as they enable us to regionalize more activities of ours. Besides, it allows us to provide more competitive techno-commercial offerings of our total power solutions. Which will be through optimized technology for both the utility and industrial Saudi power sectors; as well as the EPC project execution and after sales services that leverage local supply chains.