The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have announced a joint training program for potential businessmen and women, scheduled to begin today. Chairman of JCCI’s Small Business Development Center Ziad Al-Bassam stated that the program, the first of its kind in the Kingdom, will be supervised by UNIDO, which will contribute its vast experience. The four-week program, he said, has accepted 15 women and 30 men as the first trainees, and will address a number of key business issues including marketing and accounting skills, organizational and legal procedures, and evaluation of investment opportunities.
The program's objective is to provide young Saudis of both sexes with opportunities and encourage them to employ fellow Saudis when they have established and started to run their own businesses. The program, designed by UNIDO, has been successfully tried out in numerous other countries around the world. UNIDO, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, is a UN organization that works with governments, business associations and individual companies to solve industrial problems and foster self-sufficiency.