Solera Holdings and The Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (Taqeem) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership to launch Solera’s Digital Garage platform for the automotive, fleet, property and digital identity ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, underpinning the Saudi Vision 2030 to become a leading intercontinental logistics hub.
The initial scope of the partnership will establish an accredited damage calculation standard, a salvage auction ecosystem and an accredited vehicle valuation methodology for insurance underwriting and the used vehicle market in Saudi Arabia.
The partnership also will look at establishing and operating a state-of-the-art training and research center in Saudi Arabia to support Taqeem’s goal of professionalizing and modernizing the auto claims and repair industry to enhance the societal goals of increasing road safety, economic activity and participation. The training and research center would leverage the know-how from Solera’s advanced global network of automotive research centers, known as CESVI LIV, to train technicians and certify skilled automotive professionals and workshops, as well as educate the insurance claims and vehicle repair industries in Saudi Arabia.
Eng. Hani Dahhan, deputy secretary general, stated that one of Taqeem’s objectives is to develop the valuation profession and raise the level of its practitioners professionally and technically. “We will work through this strategic partnership to establish the first automotive research center in the MENA region, which will be a scientific and professional hub for all specialists in the field,” said Dahan. “Taqeem will also provide specialized training courses in automotive damage assessment and repair through the center. Solera is the global leader in developing automated solutions for the automotive industry and is the best partner to help establish trust and professionalism in valuation reports.”
“Solera and Taqeem plan to shape the future of the digital mobility landscape in Saudi Arabia with the introduction of the Digital Garage platform and IVAS technology to transform the way people enjoy mobility,” said Tony Aquila, founder, chairman and CEO of Solera. “This partnership accelerates Solera’s global mission to address all aspects of the mobility ecosystem with cognitive, data-powered and industrial blockchain-secured solutions.”
Solera and Taqeem stated that they view this agreement as a long-term partnership to transform Saudi Arabia and the Middle Eastern region by introducing intuitive and disruptive digital solutions for the mobility space, thereby equipping consumers with next-generation tools for managing life’s most important assets—their cars, properties and digital identities.
Taqueem was established as a body of an independent, non-profit and judicial nature, operating under the Ministry of Commerce and Investment. TAQEEM has the role of organizing and developing the valuation profession, qualifying and accrediting Valuers across asset classes. Taqeem aims to regulate and develop the valuation profession, accredit qualified valuers and apply the International Valuation Standards to increase the community trust and awareness in the valuation profession