On 24 April 2017 the Bahrain Economic Development Board organizes in cooperation with Chamber of Commerce Rotterdam a business lunch for Dutch companies and businessmen which want to do business with or invest in Bahrain. The lunch meeting is intended for (senior) managers of companies from the following industries:
- Financial services
- Tourism and leisure
Attendance fee: 25 Euro (incl. VAT)
10:30-11:00 Doors open, coffee and tea
11:00-13:00 Word of welcome by Jaime Bakker, Chamber of Commerce Rotterdam
10:30-13:00 Presentation by Simon Galpin, Managing Director BEDB
10:30-13:00 Full business lunch with networking opportunities
The BEDB was founded in 2000 to attract together wit the government of Bahrain investment for the Kingdom of Bahrain and to support initiatives which strengthen the investment climate. The BEDB works with current and potential investors and the government of Bahrain to ensure an attractive investment climate and promote its business opportunities. The BEDB is lead by his Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa together with representatives from the private sector and government of Bahrain.
Bahrain is located in the center of the Gulf region, which ensures quick and efficient access to other markets in the Gulf and the rest of the Middle East. Bahrain has also the most liberal business climate of the region with free repatriation of capital and 100% ownership of business assets for foreign companies in most sectors. This climate is ranked high in, for example, The Global Competitiveness Report and Ease of Doing Business. Moreover, business costs in Bahrain are competitive with low rental costs, no direct taxes and competing gas/water/electricity costs. Finally, Bahrain offers a highly educated and well trained working population and a flexible and modern visa policy, which make doing business with and from Bahrain even more attractive.
Bahrain has the following leading sectors:Financial services - Bahrain is already almost forty years the financial capital of the Gulf region. The country offers multiple leading financial services, like Islamic finance and asset management;
ICT - Bahrain had the most liberal market for information and communication technology in the Middle East, which is supported by an excellent infrastructure. For this reason many ICT companies establish their regional headquarters in Bahrain;
Logistics - Bahrain is the ideal basis for logistic companies as many leading international companies choose Bahrain as their regional hub;
Manufacturing - Bahrain is at the heart of the Gulf region with a trillion dollar market. In short, Bahrain is the ideal operational base to satisfy the growing regional appetite for manufactured goods;
Tourism and leisure - Bahrain offers investors access to a steadily growing tourism sector with 36 million consumers in the Gulf region and an 1.6 trillion market.
Photos: Rory and BEDB