|From left to right: Phonesavanh Sypaseut, General Director of Indochina Petroleum Co., Ltd. from Laos; Jacobus Grabe, CEO of CON - AID / CBR PLUS from South Africa; Abdulaziz M.Al-Anjeri, CEO of The Kuwaiti Kilma Media and Advertising EST, from Kuwait; Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of Bidgroup, Abdulrahim A. Al-Rebeh, Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Department of Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company - SAFCO - IBB; Marion Gauthier, Director Global Sales - Rezidor Hospitality France for Radisson Blu Hotel from Senegal and Giovanni Di Folco, President of Techno Engineering & Associates, from Romania.
Leaders Joined Under BID Quality Achievement
MiniCredit from Georgia, winner of the BID World Quality Commitment Award in Paris 2013
Paris played host to this year's BID World Quality Commitment Convention, where professionals and business representatives from around the world gathered in recognition of achievements and recent successes. In particular, the convention celebrated quality in business and operations. Award winners demonstrated commitment to the criteria of the QC100 TQM Model, which ensures customer satisfaction and cost efficiency at every level of activity.
Among this year's winners, Nino Buzhgulashvili of MiniCredit, from Georgia, proudly accepted the World Quality Commitment Award in the Gold Category at the BID Quality Convention in Paris. The company has made huge strides this year as a leader not only for its sector, but also in Georgia . The Award came as an ideal way to celebrate yet another successful year of operations well underway.
BID chose Paris, one of the world's leading cultural and business centers, as the site of this Awards Presentation. B.I.D. Paris, one of the largest cities in Europe, is considered in the top three most important cities in the world due to its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts. Paris is home to some of the most important international organizations including UNESCO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Chamber of Commerce. The Paris urban area boasts a population of over 11 million people and is also home to 37 Fortune 500 companies. Its 3,800 historical monuments and 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites attract more than 42 million tourists per year, making Paris the most visited city in the world and the perfect location for B.I.D.'s World Quality Commitment Convention.
MiniCredit won the World Quality Commitment Award in the Gold category in Paris in the presence of leaders and representatives from 54 countries at the World Quality Commitment Convention. The prestigious award, representing the height of quality and innovation in a field, is presented by BIDgroup President and CEO, Jose E. Prieto. From left to right: Nino Buzhgulashvili, Director of MiniCredit, Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BIDgroup, Zurab Davlianidze, Supervisory Board Member of MiniCredit and Craig Miller, President of the QC100.
Nino Buzhgulashvili stood before the international community gathered, sharing the company's achievements as well as its future ambitions and goals. Defiant in the face of current difficulties in the global economy, MiniCredit strives to excel in quality each day, creating a competitive advantage in its industry. For this reason, MiniCredit was named a winner of the 2013 BID World Quality Commitment Award in Paris; a trophy which BID presents to those companies and organizations from around the world that best adhere to excellence and innovation in their practices, putting quality first at all levels of organization.
Leaders awarded through the BIDgroup community clearly demonstrate creativity and leadership in their respective sectors. This year, such winners included: Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company-SAFCO-IBB, subsidiary of SABIC, from Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company (SAFCO) was the first petrochemical company to be founded in Saudi Arabia, over half a century ago. The company has a market capital of over 13 billion dolars. SAFCO, is a subsidiary of the world's largest chemical producer, Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) , the largest listed company in the Middle East, employs 33,000 staff and boasts a market capitalization of over 70 billion dollars. This year, Group CEO Mohammed Al Mady was named the 5th most powerful Arab by the Gulf Business Magazine on the Top 100 Powerful Arabs 2013 list.
Techno Engineering & Associates, from Romania. Techno Engineering & Associates is an international consulting firm which operates in Europe, and Africa. The company specializes in providing the highest quality advice on contractual and technical matters across several industry sectors, and its staff of 70 qualified consultants specialize in contract management, international construction law, forensic delay analysis, forensic quantum analysis, planning engineering and quantity surveying, as well as due diligence and technical services for bankers and contractors. To date, the overall value of contract assistance provided by Techno Engineering exceeds 1 billion euros.
Indochina Petroleum Co., Ltd., from Laos is a world-class consultant and producer of a wide range of industrial and automotive lubricants, and greases, specialized for a wide range of vehicles from motorcycle gears to marine engines. Among its numerous products are diesel engine oils, multipurpose industrial oils and durum power lithium complex grease. Indochina Petroleum is also involved in the exploration of new lubricant solutions, constantly increasing the protection and quality of its products for customers.
The Kuwaiti Kilma Media and Advertising Establishment, from Kuwait. The Kuwaiti Kilma Media & Advertising Est, or Alkilma as it is commonly known, was founded in 2009. The company was established to take advantage of the large scale opportunities presented by the internet. The bet has paid off, Kuwait as a market penetration for internet access of almost 80 percent, and Alkima has benefitted hugely from specialising in Web 2.0 and corporate branding methods. It currently has over 1 million followers through its Twitter and Instagram accounts, providing clients with effective and creative means to reach each target market.
CON-AID/CBR PLUS, from South Africa. Companies such as CON-AID/CBR PLUS are unique in that they focus as much on social entrepreneurship and bettering communities as they do on traditional profit-making models. CON-AID produces an ionic liquid stabilizer to treat dirt roads, making them waterproof, durable and more accessible. Sold in four different variations for different soil conditions, its products have been exported to over 100 countries around the world, and are environmentally friendly and tailored to local needs.
Radisson Blu Hotel, from Senegal. Radisson Blu Hotel is a leading global hotel brand with locations all over the world. Radisson Blu is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the largest and most successful hospitality groups in the world. With a long history of success in the global hospitality industry, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is currently operating and developing 1,319 hotels in more than 80 countries, employing 80,000 people and bringing in annual revenues of $7 billion.
The companies honored in Paris were recognized not only for their entrepreneurial achievements, but also for their dedication to continuous improvement and innovation, key concepts of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Seeking to increase customer satisfaction and optimize efficiency, the model promotes an organizational culture of engagement and a proactive approach to improving processes.
Each of the winning companies in Paris this year has proven the success of the QC100 TQM Model, and serves as a fantastic example for other companies in today's rapidly changing business environment. By making customer satisfaction the highest measure of quality, BID award winners set the benchmark in their sectors and contribute to the social and economic development of their countries, paving the way for world-changing initiatives. A key example can be seen through MiniCredit, whose spirit of innovation and positive growth has overcome and indeed thrived in the current global economic climate.
The enduring commitment to Quality, one of the core requirements for receiving a BID Award, can be witnessed through the distinguished companies previously honored with a BID Quality Award. Companies which already share BID's corporate seal are present in more than 170 countries and include world-renowned names on the Fortune 500 list such as: Wal-Mart Stores (1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (88); and Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (357).
Other previous BID winners worthy of mention include Turner Construction (USA); Haki (Sweden); Ansaldo Energy (Italy); Zepter (Austria); RAO-Unified Energy Systems (Russia); Als & Cachou-TBWA (France); Tata Group (India); Plamex-Plantronics (USA); Dogus Holding A.S. (Tukey); Franklin Electric (USA and Mexico); QMS International from the United Kingdom, FSUE VO "Safety" (Russia); and Viking Line (Finland).