ARAB-GERMAN BUSINESS FORUM IN BERLIN, GERMANY

June 12, 2013
A business delegation from the Kingdom of Bahrain led by HE Kamal bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation & Acting Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, and Dr Esam Abdullah Fakhro, Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, arrived in Berlin, Germany  today to join the 16th Arab-German Business Forum. Bahrain is the official partner country for the annual forum that brings together high level political and economic delegations from Germany and across the GCC.
At the event, the Bahrain delegation will engage in talks with German officials and private sector business leaders. Members of the delegation will also participate in high level panel discussions that consider the future of Arab-German business cooperation, including specialist areas such as security, ICT, logistics, construction, infrastructure and megaprojects, financial services, insurance and women in business.
Germany is one of Bahrain’s most important trading partners and the most important in the EU. Trade between the two countries totalled US$542 million in 2011 and is continuing to grow. Bahrain is also home to more than 50 German businesses, such as, BASF, RMA, DHL, Hannover Re and Siemens, many of which use Bahrain as a platform to access the wider GCC market.
HE Kamal bin Ahmed said: “Since the first Arab-German Forum sixteen years ago the global economy has undergone dramatic upheaval. However, throughout that time, the economic and business relationship between Germany and Arab countries has grown in importance. Bahrain now acts as a strategic platform for German investors to access the US$1.4 trillion GCC market.
“We in Bahrain highly value our relationship with Germany as one of our most important trading partners, as an investor and as a destination for our exports.”
Members of the Bahrain delegation include:
• HE Kamal Bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation & Acting CE of Bahrain Economic Development Board;
• Dr Esam Abdullah Fakhro, Chairman, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry;
• Nabeel Al Mahmood, CEO, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry;
• Khalid Al-Amin, Director, COO of Retail Operations, Ali Rashid Al-Amin & Sons;
• Dr Samer Al-Jishi, Managing Director, BFG International;
• Sameer Nass, Vice Chairman, Nass Group;
• Fawzi Ahmed Kanoo, Deputy Chairman, YBA Kanoo;
• Dr Tawfeeq Almoayed, Chairman, Tawfeeq Al Moayyed & Sons;
• Ayman Almoayed, Chairman, Al Moayyed Holdings;
• Hamid Al Zayani, Chairman, AlZayani Investments; and
• Afnan Al Zayani, President, AlZayani Commercial Services.
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Notes to editors
Full Bahrain delegation to Germany include:
HE Kamal Bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation & Acting CE of Bahrain Economic Development Board; Dr Esam Abdullah Fakhro, Chairman, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Vivian Jamal, Executive Director, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Stephanie Wong, Executive Director, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Yousef Al Khan, Manager, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Abdulmohsen Al Gosaibi, Manager, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Isa Mubarak, Manager, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Sebastian Gerlach, Manager, Bahrain Economic Development Board –Germany; Jenan Al Maskati, Sr. Officer, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Mohammed AlMadani, Officer, Bahrain Economic Development Board; Dr. Zakareya Al-Khaja, Vice CEO, E-Government; Raed Fakhri, VP- Coordinator; Direct Investment, Mumtalakat Holding Company; Waleed Yousif Alsaie, Undersecretary of Public works Affairs, Ministry of Works; Hamad Fakhro, Director Logistics, Zones Directorate; Nabeel Al Mahmood, CEO, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Khalid AlAmin, Director, COO of Retail Operations, Ali Rashid Al-Amin & Sons; Dr Samer Al-Jishi, Managing Director, BFG International; Sameer Nass, Vice Chairman, Nass Group; Fawzi Ahmed Kanoo, Deputy Chairman, YBA Kanoo; Dr Tawfeeq Almoayed, Chairman, Tawfeeq Al Moayyed & Sons; Ayman Almoayed, Chairman, Al Moayyed Holdings; Khalid Al Zayani, Honorary Chairman, AlZayani Investments; Hamid Al Zayani, Chairman, AlZayani Investments; Afnan Al Zayani, President, AlZayani Commercial Services; Tareq Wafa, Chairman & CEO, Tricom Group; Abduljaleel AlAnsari, Chairman, Al-Ansari Group; Deema Al Hadad, Director, Al Hadad Motors; Abdulla Juma, Chairman, Bin Juma Holding Company; Yousif S. Bin Sanad, General Manager – Commercial, APM Terminals; Marco Neelsen, CEO, APM Terminals; Ali Al-Hasan, Board Director, Universe Environment Bahrain;  Mohammed Al Kooheji, Vice Chairman, Al Kooheji Electrical Contractors; Dr. Hala Jamal, President, Events Starts; Yasmeen Jamal, Vice President, Events Starts; Khalid Kanoo, Group Managing Director, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo; Yousif Ali, Senior Manager – Customer Engagement & Support Department, Tamkeen; Rashid H Al Zayani, Special Project Engineer, Midal Cables LTD; Dr.Abdul Rahman Sultan, Chairman, AMNS Group; Yousif Ahmed Alkhaja, General Manager, Awal Refrigeration & Air-conditioning; Suhair Bokhammas, CEO, Awtad Investments.
About The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB):
The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is a dynamic public agency with an overall responsibility for attracting inward investment into Bahrain, and is focusing on target economic sectors in which the Kingdom offers significant strengths.

Key areas of focus include manufacturing, ICT, and logistics and transport services as well as other sub-sectors. The Financial Services sector in Bahrain is particularly strong and the EDB supports in the continuing growth of the banking industry and key sub-sectors, including Islamic Finance, Asset Management, Insurance and Re-Insurance.

For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit www.bahrainedb.com; for information about Bahrain visit www.bahrain.com

Further information:
Noora Abul, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Tel: +973 17 589 903
Email: internationalmedia@bahrainedb.com
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