Shell contributes to local economic growth in countries where we operate in a variety of ways.
In Nigeria, we have a partnership with five banks to assist our Nigerian contractors to access finance from the participating banks. In 2014, under the funding scheme, 27 contractors accessed loans worth more than $175 million. A high percentage of our employees across the Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) are Nigerians working as engineers, project managers and leaders; in fact, 95% of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company employees are Nigerian. In 2014, we awarded 90% of SCiN contracts to Nigerian companies.
In Iraq, 350 local suppliers were registered with us in 2014, and we are piloting a programme to develop local suppliers to compete internationally. In Qatar, Shell signed a strategic partnership agreement with Qatar Development Bank to offer business opportunities to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local companies. Shell awarded three contracts to local SMEs in 2013 and five new contracts during 2014.
In Oman, we are working with Petroleum Development Oman (Shell interest 34%) to increase local opportunities in the energy sector. Since 2011, around 10,000 jobs have been created for Omanis.
Shell LiveWIRE: supporting young entrepreneurs
The Shell LiveWIRE programme helps young entrepreneurs to start their own business, turning their ideas into sustainable sources of income to help create jobs and stimulate local economic growth. The programme is active in 16 countries where we operate, providing business skills training and workshops' business start-up grants and awards, and linking entrepreneurs to opportunities in sectors that contribute to the local economy. We also help to facilitate access to finance, incubation, business acceleration, markets, technology and mentoring.
The Shell LiveWIRE programmes consistently create significant benefits through the businesses they support. For example, in 2014, the programme trained 7,934 participants and 783 businesses were set up.