MBRSG commences latest intake for internal consulting programme

05 March 2018 Consultancy-me.com

The Dubai-based Emirates Centre for Government Knowledge (ECGK) has opened registration for the latest batch of its Internal Management Consultant programme. The second intake of the initiative seeks to develop the skills of government employees, enabling them to provide quality internal consulting services to their government entities.

Rich nations with an over-reliance on a single commodity tend to do poorly when it comes to change readiness due to several factors, including the volatility of commodities prices, a lack of accountability, and a propensity toward conflict. Many of the Middle East’s major economies have been stung by a recent fall in oil prices, to that end. However, thanks to a growing governmental emphasis on diversifying the economy, as well as a concentrated effort to grow the role of management consultants in the nation, the United Arab Emirates (UEA) now finds itself ranked as one of the world’s economies best placed for organisational change.

Part of this drive for diversity led to opening of the Emirates Centre for Government Knowledge (ECGK) in May 2016 by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The ECHK falls under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), as a knowledge-sharing platform focused on promoting the UAE Government excellence, experience and knowledge locally, regionally and globally.

MBRSG commences latest intake for internal consulting programme

The ECHK’s Internal Management Consultant programme features intensive workshops for five days provided by a group of experts, in order to expose participants to the requirements and implications of the internal management consulting profession, and empower them with the related tools and practices within the profession. Sessions include interactions with consultants and specialists, who will share their knowledge of the industry.

Last year, 26 participants from 14 government entities enrolled in the programme, where the majority successfully passed the assessment. Upon completion, participants are granted an "Internal Management Consultant" certificate – a qualification enabling them to enrol in other training courses related to consultancy, provided within the Government Excellence Programmes of the UAE.

Commenting on the return of the course, Ali bin Sebaa Al Marri, the Executive President of MBRSG, said, "UAE government entities have acquired a great deal of government knowledge, which has reflected positively on the strategic sectors and brought us closer to strengthening our economy in preparation for the post-oil era… With the growing pace of government knowledge in the UAE, MBRSG has intensified its efforts to highlight the importance of the management consulting profession in both the government, as well as its essential role in shaping the future of institutional work.”

Sarah Talib, Director at ECGK, added; "The programme aims to empower participants with the necessary skills and practices to enhance the government practices and their applications. It also enables them to share their knowledge and provide necessary inputs that elevate the efficiency of the government entity and drive progress."

Related: Management consulting market of GCC grows 9% to $2.7 billion.

PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019 Consultancy-me.com

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”