Support for innovative smaller companies and technology partnerships were the focus of the Saudi/British SME Partnership Forum organised by the Saudi British Joint Business Council in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on 4 April. Hosted by the Asharqia Chamber of Commerce and supported by British Offset, the event brought together some 100 Saudi and British SMEs interested in forming partnerships and meeting potential clients.
Amongst the keynote speakers were Dr Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, Governor of the newly established Saudi Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises and Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain Management at Saudi Aramco. Representatives of leading Saudi and UK energy industry companies and technology investment funds contributed to panel sessions on forming successful partnerships, growing your SME and accessing finance. Presentations given by Aramco on their In Kingdom Total Value Added programme (IKTVA) to support local content can be accessed via their website.
The 40 strong UK delegation included leading UK energy industry companies based in Saudi Arabia such as Petrofac, Amec FosterWheeler and Wood Group. A Scottish energy trade mission organised by Scottish Development International also participated.
The forum was featured in an article by Arab News on 5 April.