Saudi Arabia’s ‘former extremists’ to get business support

The agreement aims to enable beneficiaries of the program to be aware of ways on how to establish their small business by utilizing the kingdom’s support for startups. (Shutterstock)

The National Entrepreneurship Institute (Riyadah) has signed an agreement with the Muhammad Bin Naif Counseling and Care Center (MNCC) in Saudi Arabia that aims to provide support for former extremists to start up their own businesses and encourage them to continue rejecting their old ways.

The agreement aims to enable beneficiaries of the program to be aware of ways on how to establish their small business by utilizing the kingdom’s support for startups.

Riyadah, which was established as the result of a joint Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals initiative, focuses on enabling Saudis to start their small businesses, raising entrepreneurship cultural awareness, and providing needed support for current small businesses to flourish and overcome market obstacles.

Six Saudi corporations consisting of SABIC, Saudi Aramco, STC, Alinma Bank, Saudi Credit and Savings Bank and TVTC started this organization.

In the last few months, Riyadah has been working with numerous beneficiaries in the past year that led to a few businesses starting up.

Dr. Sherif Elabdelwahab, CEO, indicated that the most notable characteristics that the beneficiaries have demonstrated are their strong discipline, tolerance for new business challenges and a motivation to start their own ventures.

With this agreement, Riyadah and MNCC will work together in providing a world-class service to rehabilitated beneficiaries to start their small businesses and not revert to extremism.

2015 will witness lectures, workshops, and an open door policy that covers any beneficiary of all of Riyadah’s services.

The head of MNCC, Maj. Gen. Nasir Bin Muhaya Almutairy, said it was a great opportunity to provide what current avenues the country offers its citizens in starting their businesses.

This story was originally posted on the Saudi Gazette on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014.

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