Agility opens ‘Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence’ in Iraq

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Agility, a lead­ing global lo­gis­tics provider, has opened a state-of the-art train­ing fa­cil­ity, known as the Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence, at the Ru­maila En­ergy Park in south­ern Iraq. In part­ner­ship with Strate­gic An­a­lyt­ics Team (SAT), the Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence of­fers train­ing cour­ses for the lo­cal work­force in the oil and gas in­dus­try, led by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited train­ers. Train­ing cov­ers a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics, in­clud­ing health and safety, lift­ing and hoist­ing, de­fen­sive driv­ing and lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions. With SAT’s ex­per­tise in the field of op­er­a­tional lo­gis­tics, cour­ses will meet in­ter­na­tional oil and gas in­dus­try stan­dards and fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing ac­cred­ited lo­cal con­tent, while en­hanc­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Iraq-based con­trac­tors. The Ru­maila En­ergy Park is a one mil­lion-square me­ter, fully ser­viced in­dus­trial park de­vel­oped by Agility Real Es­tate to pro­vide a one-stop­shop for com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in south­ern Iraq. The park in­cludes ware­house fa­cil­i­ties, work­shops, lay-down yards and of­fices. It is strate­gi­cally close to the re­gion’s ma­jor oil and gas sub­con­trac­tors.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from oil and gas com­pa­nies and aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, as well as Iraqi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

“The Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence is part of Agility’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to build­ing Iraq’s in­fra­struc­ture and hu­man cap­i­tal. We are strongly com­mit­ted to build­ing lo­cal ca­pac­ity in our ar­eas of op­er­a­tions, and this new cen­ter is part of this strat­egy,” Colin Hind­ley, CEO, Agility Iraq, said.

Paul Jor­gensen, Se­nior Part­ner, Strate­gic An­a­lyt­ics Team, said, “Our part­ner­ship with Agility makes the Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence the first of its type in the Gulf re­gion. At SAT, we take pride in our knowl­edge and skills in the lo­gis­tics busi­ness, and we are in a unique po­si­tion to im­part the same to aspir­ing pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. This is a very ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for both SAT and Agility. With a fully de­vel­oped cul­ture of learn­ing in an open en­vi­ron­ment that en­ables ac­cess to the lat­est information and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions, we want the Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence to be­come the go-to re­source for both lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies and stu­dents.”

Agility Iraq has of­fices in Basra, Baghdad, and Er­bil, serv­ing in­ter­na­tional air­ports and the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor Al-Zubair. Agility’s op­er­a­tions in­clude freight for­ward­ing (air, ocean, road), cross-bor­der truck­ing, cus­toms clear­ance, project lo­gis­tics, open yard/ware­hous­ing dis­tri­bu­tion, ap­proved HSSE train­ing and route sur­veys. All of Agility’s op­er­a­tions in Iraq are ISO 9001, ISO 14000, OHSAS18001-cer­ti­fied.

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