What are the challenges of offering FM in Syria?
Youssef Abillama, CEO of MMG, talks to fmME about the key pointers to bear in mind while providing FM services in Syria
As regional FM companies expand their operations across new services and markets, it is integral to consider local market conditions while devising corporate plans.
Youssef Abillama, CEO of MMG, spoke to fmME about the key challenges of operating in Syria.
MMG has been active in the Middle East for more than 16 years, and is currently operates in Lebanon and Syria, besides GCC countries such as Qatar.
Abillama told fmME that supply chain considerations are among the key factors to bear in mind while operating in regional markets.
"The supply chain is vital in a business like ours," he explained.
"Without basic supplies, we cannot operate our business. It hasn’t been easy in Syria, but the key has been to establish a wide range of partnerships with suppliers, and ensure that we build up stocks wherever and whenever possible.
"The challenge in Syria in particular is communication," Abillama continued.
"Whilst it is still, thankfully, fairly easy to recruit excellent technical operators, finding English-speaking managers has proved much more difficult.
"We are extremely lucky that we have a very loyal team, headed by our country manager, Iskandar Moussa, who has been with MMG since we launched in Lebanon, and because of this our staff turnover is low," he added.