and companies at the Careers Festival, Jamal Al

Jassmi, General Manager, EIBFS, said: “As part of one

of the most important links in the collaboration, EIBFS,

representing academia, is pleased to have hosted this

significant event at our Dubai Campus in our role as a

strategic partner. Today, the financial sector is the second

largest contributor in the country, in creating jobs for

UAE nationals. As the leading institute for banking and

financial training in the region, we will continue to build

and leverage partnerships in public and private sectors,

to ensure the provision of qualified teams, capable of

driving growth in the sector as a whole.”

He added: “We also remain committed to offering the

best training and rehabilitation programs in the banking

and financial sector, in collaboration with our partners,

including banks and insurance companies. Our goal is

to help build a sustainable and resilient financial sector,

which is capable of facing challenges that might arise on

a global and regional level.”

Speaking on his part, Ahmed Jassim Zaabi, Head of

Government Accelerators Team, said: “The financial

sector continues to grow and play a significant role in

supporting the development process of UAE nationals.

By gathering all participating organizations from the

sector under one roof, we are confident that the Careers

Festival Day is the right way to achieve our Emiratization

and development of human capital targets.”

He added: “Events such as this give citizens who

want to work in this sector a chance. Each employee

that has been successfully selected will have to attend

a training program launched in cooperation with the

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, as

well as the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial

Studies. Today the number of participating institutes in

the Government Accelerator’s Emiratization objectives

reaches more than 80 companies, spread over vital

financial sectors such as banking, insurance and

financial services integration.”

Speaking at the event, Suhaila Al Jasmi, Head of

Training and Skills Development, The National Bank of

Ras Al-Khaimah, stated: “Supporting the government’s

Emiratization initiative is very important for us, and we

recently reached an Emiratization rate of 38%. The bank’s

participation in this festival has helped us to employ 20

talented nationals in various departments. However, we

are dependent on training programs from institutions

such as EIBFS, for our new employees, so that each

employee can achieve the necessary expertise.”

Kathim Jawad, Head of Human Resources at the leading

money exchange and remittance house Al Fardan

Group, said: “Our presence at the Careers Festival Day

expresses our support for the directives of his Highness

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, around the

challenge of Emiratization, which was announced by His

Highness at the launch of the Government Accelerators.

Al Fardan Group recently reached an Emiratization

rate of 11%, and we currently have supervisory and

managerial positions that are open to anyone who is

capable. Through our participation in the festival we

have already hired 17 people and we are ready to hire


Juma Salem Al-Khatiri, Regional Director of Public

Relations, Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company, said:

“We are pleased to extend our support to projects and

programs that support the government’s nationalization

objectives in public and private companies. Our

company’s Emiratization rate has reached 16%, and our

management aspires to continue participating in similar

events, to ensure that we continuously increase this


At the end of the event, Jamal Al Jassmi mentioned

that EIBFS would collaborate with the Governmental

Accelerators, to assess the extent of the event’s success

in achieving its objectives after the event, and would

prepare a report and submit it to supreme authorities to

study and further develop similar future initiatives.

26 February 2017 BANKING & FINANCE U.A.E

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