Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El-Molla, and British Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, witnessed the signing of an agreement between Oil and Gas Skills (OGS) Company, the British Pearson Foundation, and the International Academy for Advanced Studies and Research (IARS). The agreement’s purpose is to support the development of human resources in Egypt’s oil and gas sector, Egypt Oil & Gas reported.

The deal was signed by the Head of OGS, Galal Sulaiman, and the Regional Director of Pearson Foundation in the Middle East, Karim El-Safati.

According to El Molla, training and developing the capabilities of its employees is one of the main interests of the petroleum industry. He further emphasized the role of the agreement in supporting the strategic direction of the government in the development of human resources, adding that the deal works in favor of the modernization plan, through which a human resource management program is being developed in order to benefit from the competencies of the sector’s workers, which ultimately serve the interests of the national economy and raise growth rates.

The agreement aims at raising the level of vocational and technical training for the employees by providing them international training programs recognized in more than 120 countries.

El Molla confirmed that the ministry is keen on cooperating with all the local and international training and educational institutions, through OGS Company, which became a regional leader in technological transformation and providing technical resources in Africa and the Middle East.

Britain is a key partner to Egypt and plays an important role in building the future of the country’s economy, especially in the oil and gas sector, which is the main engine of development within all economic sectors, the British ambassador said. Casson added that Britain supports Egypt’s plan to transform into a regional energy hub, whether through the British Petroleum companies that have been operating within it for a long period of time, during which they achieved many successes, or through sharing their educational experience.  He noted that the year 2018 will be a promising year for the Egyptian oil and gas sector.

Furthermore, the deal targets developing the skills of workers in the oil and gas sector through the British training programs while granting them various degrees including diplomas and master’s degrees, which are certified from the largest universities in the United Kingdom, Sulaiman said.

Accordingly, the degree will aid in preparing qualified technical cadres to meet the needs of the oil and gas employment market, as well as building a new generation of young leaders in the sector within the framework of the modernization plan. Sulaiman added that the scholarships will be announced soon.

In addition, in the coming five years the Pearson Foundation will work on developing the education in all sectors in Egypt, especially the oil and gas sector, through OGS, El-Safati stated.

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