“Our aim is to make the bukhatir group the leading business house of its kind in the region.”
A Conversation with Salah A. Bukhatir, CEO & Vice-Chairman
AS THE 21ST CENTURY PROGRESSES, IN WHICH DIRECTION WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE GROUP MOVING?
Broadly speaking, the three areas in which our Group is likely to expand are the manufacturing sector of industry, as distinct from trading, large real estate projects and information technology, where we already have a major presence.
DO YOU SEE THE GROUP AS A TECHNOLOGY SAVVY BUSINESS ENTITY? WHY? HOW?
Our Group will take advantage of all available technological tools to achieve better results in its businesses. Current examples of utilising contemporary technology include using Oracle for ERP and installing a Shared Service Centre so that overheads of all back office functions are shared and minimised while simultaneously efficiency and control levels are improved.
ARE YOU STRENGTHENING THE INTERNAL DISCIPLINE LEVEL NEEDED FOR BEING TECHNOLOGY SAVVY?
We are training our people for this change and bringing them up to the level where they can use these technological tools efficiently. The process has begun.
ARE THERE NEW AREAS IN WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE GROUP MAKING ITS ENTRY?
At any point of time, we are constantly looking at potential areas. Which of these will mature tomorrow we can’t say.
WHAT ARE THE STRENGTHS OF THE BUKHATIR GROUP?
I see our diversified character as a major strength. We have it in us to capture any opportunity and make it profitable. A second strength is the fact that we are using state-of-the-art, world class systems to institutionalise the Group. By putting best practices and systems into place in the Group, we are making it ready for tomorrow. Also, we see our employees not just as mere ‘human resources’ but as strategic partners. This makes the Bukhatir Group an employer of choice.
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUKHATIR GROUP?
My vision is to make the Bukhatir Group an international institution that is counted as one of the world’s best-run, professional, diversified international business houses of its kind.