Awal Dairy Company has received support from The Labour Fund “Tamkeen” to expand its operations and increase productivity. Tamkeen’s Business Growth Program provides grants to help companies improve their operations through acquiring machinery and equipment, enhancing process automation, and employing technology.
Additionally, the program promotes export opportunities through quality management systems, export-related expenses, and other means to expand their presence in the market.
The company is looking to increase long-life products by 40% and fresh dairy production by 20%, which will lead to the creation of jobs for a number of Bahrainis in addition to a 10% growth in export volume.
Her Excellency Ms. Maha Mofeez, Chief Executive of the Labour Fund “Tamkeen”, stated that the manufacturing sector is the second largest non-oil sector that contributes 14% to Bahrain’s national GDP and the third largest employer with 11% of the total private sector workforce. “Therefore, our focus on supporting the development of local factories serves our main objectives of creating more job opportunities for local talent and increasing the contribution of this sector to the national economy.” She added.
Mr. Khalid Yousuf Abdul Rahman, Vice Chairman at Awal Dairy Company, praised Tamkeen’s support and noted how vital it is to the expansion and growth of the Kingdom’s manufacturing industry. “Tamkeen’s ongoing support for local manufacturing companies to grow and expand adds great value to Bahrain’s manufacturing sector. With this support, we are looking forward to increasing our production and exports of Bahraini products through the expansion of our operations, which will also enable us to employ talented Bahrainis who can contribute with their knowledge and expertise to the productivity and growth of Awal Dairy.”
The support is aligned with Tamkeen’s set initiatives for the year which focus on four key aims: championing Bahrainis’ increased economic participation, providing training that is in line with the demand for new and emerging skills on the market and fostering the development of businesses and ecosystems, all of which have a positive impact on the economy and promote sustainable growth.