Press release

PwC launches its Arabic Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Jordan

Arabic Centre of Excellence will create new jobs in Jordan in the coming years

UAE, 8 December, 2013 — Today, in a further step towards fostering innovation and setting a distinctive milestone in the region, PwC announces the launch its Arabic Centre of Excellence in Jordan. The Arabic Centre of Excellence will provide quality audit and Arabic translation services, giving PwC professionals on the ground more quality time with their clients. The Centre is expected to grow and create around 100 new jobs in Jordan in the coming years.

Developing local talent has always been high on PwC’s agenda; the launch of this new initiative underscores this commitment. This new venture offers Jordanian youth, an opportunity to develop and grow their career path; offering trainings and the opportunity to work with PwC professionals from across the network.

Two years ago PwC established the Middle East public sector institute (MEPSI) in Jordan as one of a kind centre of excellence for thought leadership and learning and development solutions for government and public sector organisations. MEPSI has contributed to building a cadre of emerging leaders, through training and graduating more than 1300 leaders and managers across the region including Iraq, UAE and KSA. Today, PwC continue its support to the Jordanian market by launching this new centre.

PwC supports diversity and women’s engagement in the work force; currently MEPSI and ACE employ 70% women, with ACE being led by Anke Plock-Girmann, who has more than 10 years of experience in audit and business process outsourcing services with PwC in Germany, the UK and the USA.

Commenting on the launch of the Centre, Michael Orfaly, Country Senior Partner for Jordan for PwC, said “We are delighted to be launching this Centre at a time when delivering quality and world-class value and insight is forefront in our clients’ minds. With the launch of the Arabic Centre of Excellence, our clients across the Middle East Region will benefit from consistent, quality audit and Arabic translation services. Strengthening our regional team with young Jordanian professionals will enable us to deliver to this standard, whilst being part of the growth of Jordan.”

Commenting on PwC’s commitment to grow a sustainable presence in Jordan Hani Ashkar, Middle East Region Senior Partner said, “With Jordan being a significant market place for PwC, our continuous commitment stems from the existing infrastructure and experience we have in the country.” He added, “Jordan’s geo-political stability, ease of doing business and availability of talent are all major factors that were essential in developing our value proposition to establish this Centre.”

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