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From left to right: Ahmet Hakan Tola, General Manager of Bursagaz Dogalgaz Dagitim AS, from Turkey; Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, Executive Chairman of Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, from Malaysia; Adedoyin Odunfa, Managing Director & CEO of Digital Jewels Ltd, from Nigeria; Jose E. Prieto, President & CEO of BID; Dr. Gomathinayagam Somasundaram, General Director of National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), from India; Rubén García, Director of Strategic Planning of Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos SA, from Argentina and Arnaldo Decoud, President of Universidad Autónoma del Sur (UNASUR), from Paraguay.
Leaders United by BID Quality Achievement

Grupo Torcello Estación Central Buenos Aires, from Argentina, winner of the BID Century International Quality ERA Award in Geneva 2015

Geneva hosted this year's BID Century International Quality ERA 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, Julio Torcello of Grupo Torcello Estación Central Buenos Aires, from Argentina, received the Century International Quality ERA 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 Argentina. 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 is a financial global center and the worldwide headquarters for diplomacy thanks to numerous international organizations that call Geneva home, including the largest United Nations Headquarters in Europe, the Red Cross, and other major financial institutions and multinational companies.

Grupo Torcello Estación Central Buenos Aires won the Century International Quality ERA Award in the Gold category in Geneva in the presence of leaders and representatives from 53 countries at the Century International Quality ERA 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, Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID, Arch. Julio Torcello, President of Grupo Torcello, Craig Miller, President of the QC100 and Norman Ingle, President of the Quality Mix.

Julio Torcello 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, Grupo Torcello Estación Central Buenos Aires strives to excel in quality each day, creating a competitive advantage in its industry. For this reason, Grupo Torcello Estación Central Buenos Aires won the 2015 BID Century International Quality ERA 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:

BURSAGAZ, from Turkey - Bursa Innercity Natural Gas Distribution Commerce and Commitment JSC. With an impressive net profit of 6 million USD, this ISO certified company driven by innovation and teamwork is one of the biggest private natural gas distribution companies with 5,000 km of pipelines and a total of 820,000 subscribers reached. Its Performance Development System and the 360 degree evaluation system ensure the superior performance standards of its employees.

Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A., from Argentina. Managing the water system of the city of Buenos Aires, it serves 10 million inhabitants in an area of 1,800 square kilometers with nearly 19,000 km of drinking-water pipeline.

Digital Jewels Ltd, from Nigeria is the first indigenous consulting firm in Africa to achieve accreditation to the ISO27001:2013  an Information Value Chain Consulting and Capacity Building Firm with a focus on the Information Value and bring to bear their knowledge of global best practice within the context of their experience of the local operating environment.

Universidad Autónoma del Sur (UNASUR), from Paraguay One of the most important universities in South America that has generated a university model that meets the needs of today's world, based on the quality of teachers, providing modern and versatile education.

Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad, from Malaysia,  Established in 1997, this water, wastewater and environmental solutions provider and also an emerging significant player in the oil and gas sector had a market capitalization in 2013 of $364 billion and a manpower strength of 4,000 employees.

Estima Pharma solutions LLP is a total GxP consulting solutions provider and provides other Pharma services word like BABE and clinical monitoring, Outsourcing of BABE studies, Outsourcing of API and Contract manufacturing location outsourcing and Audit services

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 Grupo Torcello Estación Central Buenos Aires, 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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