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Saudi Aramco Reaffirms its Commitment to its Flagship Localization Initiative IKTVA

Saudi Aramco Press Release:

H.E. Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources and Chairman of Saudi Aramco, said in a keynote speech: “iktva represents a pioneering and model program, among other major programs which the Saudi Arabian government is working on to expand and diversify the economy, localize strategic industrial and economic sectors, and create jobs, in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030.”  By the end of 2016, IKTVA has been included in over SR60 billion worth of contracts and the IKTVA third party certification baseline for the top 100 suppliers will have been completed. 

The full press release can be read here:  https://www.iktva.sa/saudi-aramco-reaffirms-its-commitment-to-its-flagship-localization-initiative-iktva/

IKTVA – Opportunity Awaits Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khc7PEbl6-o



The Kazakhstan Health Sector Technology Transfer and Institutional Reform Project

T&M Associates led the 2 year project from 2014-2015 “The Kazakhstan Health Sector Technology Transfer and Institutional Reform Project” on increasing public and private sector capacity in food processing and HACCP. With sustainability at the center of the program, several in-country professionals were developed to provide training and consulting post-project. More than 15 seminars for industry and government were held; detailed instruction manuals and books were developed and distributed; and 7 manufacturers were upgraded to meet international HACCP standards. This project was led by A. Vasylenko supported by T&M Associates staff including: G. Leasenco (EU Food Safety Expert, Moldova), V. Barotova (EU Food Safety Expert, Estonia), and O. Dorofieieva (Food Processing expert, Ukraine).


Saudi Aramco announced its In Kingdom Total Value Addition

Saudi Aramco announced its In Kingdom Total Value Addition (IKTVA) program on December 1, 2015. This program is designed to establish the economic foot print and contribution that suppliers make to the kingdom that will be used to double the local content to 70% by 2021 on an annual spend of $33 billion US. The program has targeted creation of 500,000 new Saudi jobs and increase exports by 30%. The program was designed and developed based on T&M Associates’ work in Azerbaijan. More Information can be found at this link.


ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt to meet with industry leaders

The Chemical Business Group of the Georgia Section/American Chemical Society hosted 2015 ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt to meet with industry leaders in the area.

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The Chemical Businesses (CHB) Group was started as a self-sustaining committee of the Georgia Section by Dr. Maria Beug-Deeb and Deanna Hall.  The CHB Group provides a forum for the more than 300 chemical businesses within the Georgia Section and fosters business development through networking. More information can be found at this link.


Comparison Between European Union Food Safety Regulations and Systems and the Customs Union of Russia

T&M Associates completed a detailed comparison between European Union food safety regulations and systems and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for IFC Ukraine in 2015. This was a first of its kind comprehensive report. It was  designed to help regulators and industry understand how to comply with both trading blocks. This program was led by A. Vasylenko with contributions from several T&M Associates staff including Dr. Sale (EU expert laboratories), G. Miskarova (EU international quality expert), Dr. Tleubekova (Customs Union Regulatory Expert, Kazakhstan), and O. Dorofieieva (Food Processing expert, Ukraine). The final reports were published in English and Russian for use broadly throughout the EU and Former Soviet Union. Read More


New Patent Filed on Disinfecting Biofilms

T&M Associates’ US Patent 20140275267 A1 on “Methods and compositions for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces” is filed in March 2014. This is one of the few inventions that delivers a 5-log kill for a range of bacteria in biofilms. The technology has a broad range of applications in healthcare, agriculture, and food processing.


SERMACS 2013 Symposia on New Business Opportunities for Chemical Businesses

Dr. Maria Beug-Deeb (Cochair) and the Chemical Businesses Group of the Georgia Section/American Chemical Society organized the SERMACS 2013 Symposia on New Business Opportunities for Chemical Businesses on current topics. View More


Competitiveness of Moldovan High Value Agriculture

T&M Associates partnered with Development Alternatives, Inc., from March 2011 to 2016, on the Agricultural Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project (ACED) to improve the competitiveness of Moldovan high value agriculture (HVA) by addressing binding constraints in targeted fruit and vegetable value chains at the marketing, production and policy levels. Complementing Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) investments in irrigation system rehabilitation, ACED provides the critical market development and technical assistance support needed by beneficiaries as they transition to irrigated HVA production. T&M Associates led a million dollar development program to upgrade the state phytosanitary service to compliance with international norms which allowed the exports of HVA to EU and Russian Federation.


World Economic Forum on Economic Development

T&M Associates was an invited author and reviewer for World Economic Forum on Economic Development, Chapter 10. Stimulating Broader Social and Economic Development from Natural Resources. This book was published as a part of the WEF on-going work to help countries maximize the value they create from their natural resources. Read More