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Jafza and ENDP Explore New Career Opportunities for Nationals

MoU Signed to Develop Nationals

Dubai ,June 19, 2006: The Emirates National Development Programme (ENDP) signed recently a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) to train a selected group of nationals through a joint development programme.

The MoU was signed by Salma Hareb, CEO, Jafza and Azza Al-Sharhan, director of ENDP

"ENDP has an ongoing commitment to nurture local talent. It is continually seeking new ways to promote the integration of UAE nationals into the private sector, which provides unlimited career choices and growth potentials," said Al Sharhan.

"Our partnership with Jafza will offer UAE nationals a two-fold opportunity that will allow them to acquire relevant skills and also use their learning to explore new career options". She added.

The MoU between ENDP and Jafza is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the free zone that combines in class training with hands-on training. The joint programme will offer a number of job opportunities to UAE nationals who wish to work in an international multicultural environment.

Salma Hareb, CEO, Jafza said: "An efficient labour force is a key component in overcoming the Arab world’s development challenges. As Dubai grows in size and importance, it is necessary to design and implement bold, crosscutting and comprehensive programmes to build UAE human capital in partnership with all stakeholders."

"Jafza has launched the Jafza National Development Programme to further its commitment towards building and strengthening human and institutional capacities. This will help us achieve the correct mix of human capital at the right places, doing the appropriate work, for the greater good of our nation and thus fulfil our goal of sustainable development." Hareb added.

The Jebel Ali Free Zone is one of the fastest growing free zones in the world. As one of Dubai’s prolific business hubs, more than 5,000 companies are located in Jafza, of which over 150 are listed as Fortune 500 companies.

Reiterating the free zone’s commitment to Emiratisation, Mohammed Abdulla Al Jassmi, HR Manager, Jafza, said: "Recruiting UAE nationals is one of our obligations to the growth of the local economy. Working in close coordination with several leading companies within the free zone will maximize employment opportunities for UAE nationals. It is a win-win situation for both our clients and the country as a whole, as we are enhancing a dynamic and thriving business environment."

The Emirates Nationals Development Programme was established with the aim of empowering UAE nationals with the knowledge and necessary skills to ensure their growth into competent professionals, capable of taking on challenges of the country’s increasingly competitive work environment.

For more information please contact:
Dima Hamadeh
Jiwin Public Relations (Public Relations arm of Dubai Press Club)
Mob:050-8801676 , Fax: 04-3688001
Email : dima.hamade@jiwin.ae