Date(s) - 16 September 2010
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EQUATE Petrochemical Company’s Vice president for Technical Services Mohammad Al-Benali said the private sector with its distinguished human resources is a partner in Kuwait’s development plan as many Kuwaiti youth are choosing private employment over the public sector.
Commenting on EQUATE’s sponsorship of the 7th Career Fair (Careers 2010) under the strategic partnership of the Manpower & Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) and organized by Vision for Consultations during October 24-26 at Ar-Raya Ballroom, Al-Benali said EQUATE’s sponsorship of such events stems from firm belief in the necessity of directing qualified national manpower to work in the private sector which witnessed astonishing success in several fields.
Al-Benali emphasized EQUATE’s unwavering faith in the abilities of Kuwaiti professionals as the cornerstone of sustainability, leading the company to devote much attention to recruiting Kuwaitis who have obtained university degrees, as well as diplomas and high-school education.
“Career fairs play an instrumental role in encouraging aspiring Kuwaiti individuals to pursue distinguished careers in the private sector, not to mention the attention devoted by Kuwait’s official bodies to such causes,” noted Al-Benali.
Al-Benali explained that in 2005, EQUATE established its award-winning EQUATE Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program to showcase the company as Kuwait’s most preferred employer to attract national manpower with benefits considered unique in any sector within and outside Kuwait, noting that these benefits are periodically benchmarked and reviewed.
While noting that qualified petrochemical professionals are considered few in Kuwait, Al-Benali added that EQUATE allocates a great amount of resources to leveraging knowledge to new employees through interaction with senior personnel, applying Six Sigma principles and training courses within and outside Kuwait.
Al-Benali noted that over 90% of EQUATE’s middle management are Kuwaitis with ages averaging 34-40 years, this plays a critical role in motivating individuals to enter the private sector, especially as EQUATE recruits many Kuwaitis to work in the new plants producing over 5 millions tons annually of petrochemicals.
During previous years, said Al-Benali, EQUATE has hired many Kuwaitis who currently comprise over 55% of its total manpower which has led to winning the Award of Best Gulf Company in Recruiting Nationals, noting that such efforts are driven by EQUATE’s strategies to share success with the community as a whole in light of EQUATE CSR Program.
Regarding EQUATE, Al-Benali said it was established in 1995 and is currently an international joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, EQUATE is the single operator of a fully integrated world-scale manufacturing facility producing over 5 million tons annually of high-quality petrochemical products which are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Al-Benali added “In appreciation for its sustainable development efforts, EQUATE has earned His Highness the Amir Award for the Best Plant in Kuwait; Gold Award in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for Gulf private sector companies; the Award of Best Gulf Company in Recruiting Nationals; as well as Kuwait’s CSR Award in the Industrial and Oil Sector. In addition, EQUATE has received the Highly Commended Best Community Program Award during the First Middle East CSR Award Summit.”