<table style="width: 550px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="textocuerpo"> <div><img src="http://bn.bid-org.com/old/uploaded/newsweb/paris1_2012/cabecera_paris_2012.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="150" /> <table style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" bgcolor="#E6E6E6"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table style="width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto">Pictured above are the Award Winners from the Business Initiative Directions (BID) Convention in Paris 2012. Dr. Abdulrahman A. Alrabiah, President&nbsp;of Alrabiah &amp; Partners Co., from Saudi Arabia and Bin He, Deputy General Manager&nbsp;of PetroOriental, S.A., from Ecuador are to the left of Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID. To the right,&nbsp;Petr Tichy,&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span>Vice-Chairman of the&nbsp;Board of Directors&nbsp;</span><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto"><span class="piefoto">of Barrandov Studio, from Czech Republic;&nbsp;David Yam S.W.,&nbsp;Co - Principal of&nbsp;The Haven Sdn Bhd,&nbsp;from Malaysia and Tauhidul Islam, Managing Director&nbsp;of Summit Power Limited, from Bangladesh.</span></span></span></span></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div class="titular2" style="padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; text-align: left;">BID Power of Quality<br /><br /><span class="titular1" style="padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; text-align: left;"><strong>ARBA Shipping Agency, from Albania winner of the BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris</strong></span></div> <br /> <div class="textocuerpo"><strong>Paris hosted the <strong id="internal-source-marker_0.691211964469403"><span>International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention</span></strong>&nbsp;to reward highly-qualified professionals currently involved in big projects, whose decisions affect millions of people around the world and whose work meets the criteria of the ISO 9000 and the QC100 TQM model. All of them were present at the 2012 BID Quality Convention.</strong></div> <p>Capt. Agim Barjam of ARBA Shipping Agency, a leading company in its sector and in Albania, proudly accepted the BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award at the International Quality Convention in Paris.&nbsp;This city, one of the largest in Europe, is considered to be among 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 planet&rsquo;s most important international organizations including UNESCO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p>The Paris urban area boasts a population of over 11 million people and is 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.&rsquo;s Quality Commitment Convention</p> <p>Among the BID award winners in Paris included Barrandov Studio, from Czech Republic. It is one of the biggest and most important studios in Europe, also known as the "Hollywood of Europe" or "Hollywood of the East." Many of the movies that have been filmed in the studios have won Oscars.<br /><br />PetroOriental, from Ecuador. This company is at the top of oil transportation in South America. It is composed of world leading shareholders, such as CNPC of China, one of the most important energy companies in the world, along with Sinopec Group, a state oil and petrochemical company in China. In 2010, it ranked 7th among the top 500 companies by sales volume, on the Fortune Global 500.</p> <div class="piefoto" style="padding-top: 5px; text-align: justify;"><img src="http://bn.bid-org.com/old/uploaded/newsweb/paris1_2012/037_ARBA_Shipping_Agency.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="399" /> <table style="width: 550px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" bgcolor="#E6E6E6"> <table style="width: 550px;" border="0" cellspacing="10" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span class="piefoto">ARBA Shipping Agency won the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris in the presence of business leaders and representatives from 57 countries. At the International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention, Capt. Agim Barjam (left), President and CEO of ARBA Shipping Agency proudly received this distinction symbolizing quality and innovation from the President and C.E.O. of Business Initiative Directions, Jose E. Prieto.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div class="textocuerpo"> <div><span><br /></span></div> <div>The Haven Sdn Bhd, from Malaysia. Located in the city of Ipoh, 172 km north of Kuala Lumpur, this luxurious world-class urban complex is being built by two large construction companies, leaders in China and Malaysia with the participation of 16 companies made up of consultants and specialists in the execution of exceptional challenges: construction of 497 units of uniquely designed luxury housing on 16.6 acres.</div> <div><br />Also present was Summit Power Limited , from &nbsp;Bangladesh. With &nbsp;265 employees, is the first Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Bangladesh in the private sector providing power to the national grid. Sponsored by Summit Group, this fast-growing company has set a mission to expand the company with a power generation capacity to the tune of 1000 MW.</div> <div> <p>Representing Saudi Arabia was Alrabiah &amp; Partners Co. (ARP). This company was established in 1988 as a multi-disciplinary professional engineering firm. &nbsp;The commitment to excellence in delivering high quality services, it has achieved the ISO 9001: 2000 certificate. ARP furnishes high quality professional consulting &amp; engineering services to government and semi-government organizations, as well as the private sector.</p> <p>Esfahan Petrochemical Company, Iran, is the first aromatics line of chemicals producer of Benzene, Toluene, Ortho-Xylene, Para-Xylene and Mixed-Xylenes joining other countries&rsquo; petrochemical producing plants. &nbsp;In 1997, after successful implementation of the ISO 9002, Quality Management System, it was the first plant to receive the corresponding certification in the most sophisticated petrochemical industries from SGS UK. The year 2001 marked the improvement of the Quality Management System and implementation of ISO 9001:2000.</p> <p>Control Seguridad Privada Integral S.A. de C.V., from Mexico is a full-service company for private security, with 10,500 employees, ranked as one of the top in several states of Mexico as well as in the United States of America.</p> <p>The companies honored in Paris were recognized not only for their entrepreneurial achievements, but also for their dedication to continuous improvement and innovation, while abiding by the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. This formula created by BID, fosters business success through valuing a commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, communication, benchmarking, information analysis, leadership, planning and decision-making, human resources, continuous training, production systems and business results. The main focus of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model's is a commitment to quality and innovation, characteristics possessed by all of the winning companies in Paris in 2012 who serve as examples for other companies that wish to progress in the ever-changing and challenging economic, technological and business environments. The companies awarded by BID are not only successful but also serve as motivation for the rest of the global business community by contributing to the economies of their countries and developing technology that changes the world. A key example can be seen within ARBA Shipping Agency who provides a spirit of innovation and positive growth, exactly what we need to overcome the current global economic situation.</p> <p>Commitment to Quality, one of the core requirements for winning a BID award, can be seen through the world-class companies previously honored with the BID International Quality Award. Companies which already share BID's corporate image in their logo 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 (98); Korea Electric Power (271); Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (366) and CH2M Hill International Holdings BV (422). Other previous BID winners worthy of mention include Turner Construction (USA); Haki (Sweden); Ansaldo Energy (Italy); Zepter (Austria); RAO-Unified Energy Systems (Russia); Als &amp; 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).</p> <p>Capt. Agim Barjam proudly stood before the international community present at the 2012 International Quality convention in Paris, sharing the achievements of ARBA Shipping Agency, as well as the company's future plans and goals. Instead of yielding to negative situations or the pressures of the current global economy, ARBA Shipping Agency spends every day excelling in quality and creating a competitive edge; a clear indication of their affirmative role as a leader. For this reason, ARBA Shipping Agency was named a winner of the 2012 BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris; a trophy which BID presents to those companies from around the world that best adhere to excellence and innovation in their practices, putting quality first.</p> </div> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></p>
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