Akil Management Services, a consultancy firm based in
Akil has its office at Bahrain Financial Harbour and, earlier in 2013, it set up in
Wellen discussed Akil's activities over the past year and its plans to facilitate Western businesses, mainly Dutch ones, in the
Akil is building a multi-country team of experts to hone local skills in the two key sectors of information and communications technology (ICT) and heavy industries with a strong focus on oil and gas. Besides sales and marketing services, the company is now also offering training and recruitment services to both market sectors. The networking-oriented company is also including in its pool of experts
Wellen: forging trade ties between the West and the
Wellen sees strong growth opportunities for training in the region. "We've seen that unemployment among youth will rise 30 per cent in the next five to 10 years and we understand that local governments are paying a lot of attention to skills upgrade," he said.
Akil is in the process of establishing a training and recruitment division in 2014 and has inked an agreement with a Dutch firm that will set up technical training centres focused on oil and gas processes where students can have hands-on experience. "It has a wealth of knowledge and uses a combination of expertise and methodology to set up centres for vocational training that will offer hands-on training for the oil and gas industry. They take care of all kinds of oil and gas-related processes, undertaking process simulation with water and steam instead of oil and gas. It's a well-established institute in
Akil is also looking at soft skills that can be applied to any sector. Courses will cover leadership, communication and team development together with personal effectiveness. Heading the soft skills team will be Wim-Jan Goedknegt who worked as a coach for over 20 years in all kinds of international companies and officiated as managing director in several organisations prior to that.
With regards to recruitment, Akil is aware of the unemployment challenges in the region but will be focusing on the high-skills segment. It has signed up with a
TIES WITH TWO FIRMS
With regards to sales and marketing activities, the company is currently actively involved with two companies – technology provider and software vendor
Bell ID's software enables any organisation to issue and manage smart cards or the so-called secure element in mobile phones such as the sim card or the SD card.
Akil represents Dutch firm Imtech Industry InternationalÂ€™s interests in the region
"Bell ID is able with its software to turn a mobile phone into a credit or debit card, enabling contactless payments for coffee, for example," said Wellen. "Between 2001 and 2010 (before Akil was signed up as their agent for the
With regards to Imtech, Akil has had a business relationship across 18 months which has intensified since the beginning of this year but, he explains, is not long enough when one considers that projects take a long time in coming. Akil is in the process of developing joint ventures with regional partners for Imtech.
Imtech has a presence in
It is currently discussing business opportunities with two companies that have a strong customer base, one of which is in
Akil is also working on winning contracts for Imtech in brownfield rejuvenation across various sectors. It is currently bidding for a project in
Wellen highlights that Imtech also has expertise in building substations and even power plants up to 50 MW on EPC basis. "The company has built a standby power unit for
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