Aramco announced in a statement that it has signed over 100 agreements and MoUs, valued at around $7.2 billion to help advance a diverse, sustainable and globally competitive industrial ecosystem at the 7th edition of the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (iktva) Forum and Exhibition.
The program achieved 63% local content in 2022, up from 35% in 2015, when iktva was originally launched.
The forum, from January 30 to February 2, held under the theme of ‘Accelerating Future Success’. It highlighted collective localization efforts in key focus areas including Digital, Sustainability, Industrial, and Manufacturing. The first day of the event attracted more than 10,000 visitors and the exhibition space included more than 290 companies.
The event, held under the patronage of HRH Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province, was also attended by Minister of Energy, HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
The gathering provided a platform for the launch of Aramco Digital Company, a wholly owned subsidiary which aims to accelerate digital transformation within the Kingdom and the MENA region.
Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi, Aramco Executive Vice President of Technical Services, said: “The local supplier ecosystem is a top priority for Aramco as well as a major contributor to the Kingdom’s economy. Through this mega program we are helping to create a culture of innovation and provide high quality jobs for our growing population. The launch of Aramco Digital Company is a great example of such innovation in action, providing state-of-the-art AI and emerging technology expertise in a vital sector of the economy.”
The iktva program encourages the establishment of regional headquarters in the Kingdom. Since inception, more than 150 investments have been made in Kingdom including products manufactured for the first time in Saudi Arabia. The company has also established 16 national training centers (NTCs) in 10 cities, covering more than 60 trades. To date, they have graduated more than 48,000 Saudi nationals.
Major signings included:
• Zoom: Strategic Partnership Agreement
• Taulia Inc: Collaboration to implement supplier financing solutions
• DHL: Intention to enter a definitive agreement to form a joint venture and offer procurement and supply chain services
• Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia: Development and promotion of investment opportunities and the Regional Headquarters Program
• Accenture: System Integration and Digital Solution Services
• Hassana Investment Company: Establishment of a facility management national champion
• Achilles: Development and localization of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) rating services.