Bahrain: Investing in human capital will be the focus of an international conference set to be held in Bahrain next month..
The 45th annual International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) World Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Crowne Plaza’s Bahrain Conference Centre from March 21 to 23.
It is being held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and organised by the Bahrain Society for Training and Development (BSTD) and Origin Group, with support from Tamkeen.
“IFTDO is the largest organisation in the world for training and development, and has the biggest number of non-profit organisations,” Origin Group chief executive Ahmed Al Banna said at a Press conference held yesterday at the venue.
“There’s half a million members through various other development organisations and societies around the world, such as the BSTD.
“Last year’s event was held in Malaysia – the last time it was held in Bahrain was in 2002.
“Many things have changed since then.
“Bahrain fought off competition from Brazil and Japan in order to host this conference.
“We have a BD150,000 budget for the conference.
“Development conferences are the most important ones to hold because investing in human resources is the smartest thing we can do.
“We have 350 million Arabs and about 60 per cent of them are youth; we want to invest and nurture that talent.
“Infrastructure and investment are very important but they are support structures for people and their talents.
“We’re proud of Bahrain because of its human capital, and the future vision, so it’s important to promote the country and people.
“We want this conference to raise awareness, especially for youth.”
He said that the conference will be made up of hundreds of exhibitors and keynote speakers will include two Bahraini ministers.
“We have 600 participants and 20 international exhibitors,” he said.
“Our speakers are made up of chief executives and top executives of global companies such as Ritz-Carlton, Aramco and people from India, UK, Japan.
“We also have two current ministers, Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussein Mirza and Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed Al Zayani.
“This will happen at the same time as various other activities, such as the Spring of Culture and will be a week before the F1 starts.
“Even those huge programmes are based on talent – F1 is a sport, but without the talent of someone like Michael Schumacher, it wouldn’t work.
“The international musicians who are taking part in Spring of Culture – to be able to perform worldwide, that’s pure talent.
“That’s all part of investing in human talent and capital.”
Tamkeen chief executive adviser Mohammed Busheeri said that the conference highlighted Tamkeen’s focus on investing in talent and training.
“Tamkeen has a three-pronged approach, for youth, training and certified programmes,” he said.
“In terms of youth, we want them to be employable, and we have trained 32,000 Bahrainis to enter the job market or be able to set up start-ups.
“For training, we’ve spent BD24 million since our inception on 1,300 Bahraini companies and have trained 17,000 Bahrainis in the private sector, who often suffer from lack of adequate training.
“Finally, we have had 10,000 Bahrainis take part in certified programmes.”
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