And it makes me feel proud to have the legal entity finally set up in KSA as a joint venture with A. A. Turki Group (ATCO), a respected and established entity in the country.
Saudi Arabia probably is not the first country that would come to mind in the region when talking about change. Rather, stability comes to mind. But change has happened over the past several years, and more is still to come.
Change and growth, be it within a company or for a whole economy, needs vision, talent, goodwill and strong, progressive business ethics.
I am privileged to work with an organisation that takes a global approach to everything it does, that values all of its employees equally, that actively pursues a culture of inclusion, and that holds itself to the very highest ethical standards.
But let’s keep focused: 12 years from now, Saudi Arabia will reach a milestone with its Vision 2030 for a sustainable future that centers around three themes: A vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation.
And lots is happening already. Whereas the oil and gas industry naturally will remain strong, in order to not be mainly relying on this, other industries need to step up.
Natural resources such as gold, aluminum, phosphate and copper are opening a new industry branch for the country. Compared to previous years with crude oil being sold, the focus has been shifted to downstream – and all of these changes are creating new jobs.