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From left to right: Gizela Carvalho, Board of Directors Assistant of ENDIAMA E.P., from Angola; Manfred Gram, CEO of Heta Asset Resolution, from Bosnia and Herzegovina; Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID; Evgeny Ponomarenko, Director of Trans-Service Maritime Agency Ltd, from Russia; Alihossein Asadi, Chairman & CEO of Diplomat Group, from Iran and Faisal AlKhaldi, Creative Department Manager of Al Dawri & Al Kass Sport Channels, from Qatar.

Leaders United by BID Quality Achievement

United Engineer 2000, from Egypt, winner of the BID International Star for Quality Award in Geneva 2015

Geneva hosted this year's BID International Star for Quality Convention, where professionals and business leaders from around the world gathered to recognize excellence and success. In particular, the convention celebrated quality in business and operations. Award winners demonstrated commitment to the criteria of the QC100 TQM Model, which helps bolster customer satisfaction and cost efficiency across all areas of operation.

Among this year's winners, Walid Makhlouf and Sherif Elbannan of United Engineer 2000, from Egypt, received the International Star for Quality Award in the Gold Category at the BID Quality Convention in Geneva. The organization has made huge strides this year as a leader not only within its sector, but also in Egypt. The Award came as an ideal way to celebrate this past year's successes while looking forward to putting quality first in the year to come.

Geneva, one of the world's leading cultural and business centers, as the site of this Award Presentation is the second largest city in Switzerland. It is a global city, a financial center and the worldwide headquarters for diplomacy thanks to numerous international organizations that call Geneva their home, including the Red Cross and the United Nations. Nicknamed 'The Peace Capital', Geneva has hosted dozens of conventions which have positively impacted the lives of people around the world. Located on the banks of Lake Leman and at the foot of the Alps, Geneva is home to over a million people, and is ranked third as the city with the highest quality life in the world. Its museums and art galleries, along with the world's tallest water fountain, make Geneva a wonderful place to visit and to live, and indeed the perfect site for BID's International Quality Convention.

United Engineer 2000 won the International Star for Quality Award in the Gold category in Geneva in the presence of leaders and representatives from 49 countries at the International Star for Quality Convention. The prestigious award is presented in recognition of business excellence and innovation. From left to right: Prof. Dr. Alfonso C. Casal, Scientific Director of BID, Sherif Elbannan, Director of United Engineer 2000, Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID, Walid Makhlouf, Director Manager of United Engineer 2000, Craig Miller, President of the QC100 and Norman Ingle, President of the Quality Mix.

Walid Makhlouf stood before the gathering of international leaders, sharing the company's achievements to date as well as its future ambitions and goals. Despite the difficult current global economic climate, United Engineer 2000 strives to excel in quality each day, creating a competitive advantage in its industry. For this reason, United Engineer 2000 won the 2015 BID International Star for Quality Award in Geneva. The Award is presented by BID 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 by BID are united by their commitment to quality in their respective sectors. This year, winning organizations include:

ENDIAMA E.P., from Angola. Is the national diamond company of Angola and it is the exclusive concessionary of mining rights in the domain of diamonds. Angola's state-run diamond company Endiama produced 8.55 million carats of diamonds in 2010.

Heta Asset Resolution, from Bosnia and Herzegovina. HETA works with creditors and debtors to quickly, efficiently, and ethically resolve collateralized debts and dispose of repossessed assets, recovering the maximum value possible. Over 130 highly qualified experts manage a portfolio of real estate, chattels, and receivables for national and international investors. One of the largest asset resolution organizations in the region of Southeastern Europe, there are also entities in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, and Hungary.

Trans-Service Maritime Agency, from Russia, was founded in 2005 by the highly qualified specialists having vast experience in the field of fleet management in shipping companies and service on board of seagoing vessels' as command staff.

Diplomat Construction and Development Group, based in Tehran, is Iran's premier builder of luxury high rise residences and villas.  Diplomat's portfolio of projects shows the results of an unwavering commitment to quality in engineering, design and construction and has resulted in some of the most iconic commercial buildings, residential towers and villas in the country.

Al Dawri & Al Kass Sport Channels, from Qatar. The first broadcaster to build a TV HD earth station in the MENA region and the first one to deliver HD transmissions, this satellite sports channel covers international sports news and events around the clock, focusing on Qatari football.  Besides GCC matches, it also broadcasts FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, the AFC Asian Cup and the Persian Gulf Cup of Nations.

The companies honored in Geneva 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.

All of the winning companies in Geneva have expressed their commitment to the QC100 TQM Model, which serves as an excellent example for other organizations in today's rapidly changing business environment. By making customer satisfaction the highest measure of quality, BID award winners set the benchmark in their respective 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 United Engineer 2000, whose spirit of innovation and positive growth has overcome and indeed thrived in the challenging current global economic climate.

An ongoing 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 Global 500 list such as: Operadora VIPS, of Wal-Mart Stores (1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (96); and Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (401).

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).

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