Manama: The American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain (AmCham Bahrain) announced that Bahrain is set to host the AmCham Mena Regional Council’s Forum aimed at promoting trade and investment between the US and the Mena region.
The forum, to be held on March 15 and 16 next year, will be titled ‘Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Unlocking Economic Potential in the Mena Region’.
It will review the role of SMEs as drivers of the region’s economic growth and highlight successful programmes for assisting SMEs to scale up for regional and international trade.
The event is expected to attract more than 400 people including Mena Council member AmChams (Abu Dhabi-UAE, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia) as well as other regional US business councils (Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi), international and regional business associations, US chambers of commerce and US government representatives.
“AmCham Bahrain, as the current chair of the AmCham Mena Council, is delighted to announce the hosting of this important forum,” said AmCham Bahrain president Qays Zu’bi.
“Held every two years, the conference provides a unique platform to strengthen business ties between Mena markets and the many US entities either already doing business or keen to transact in the region.
“We look forward to focussing our efforts on promoting the development of SMEs and supporting their integration into regional and global trade.”
Mr Zu’bi said the growth of SMEs is critical to regional economic development and the forum aims to provide SMEs from across the region with new ideas, connections and resources to extend their reach, expand their markets of opportunity and effectively achieve growth.
“We especially look forward to welcoming participants to Bahrain, which has already made considerable efforts to establish itself as a hub for SMEs through the many unique programmes and initiatives that have been created.
“These, among other regional examples, will be showcased and served to highlight opportunities that exist for SMEs both in Bahrain and across the Mena markets,” he added.
Topics to be explored include: SMEs as key drivers of economic development in the region; Assessment of key factors challenging the growth of SMEs in the region, and Strategies for integration of regional SMEs into the supply chain of US and multinational companies in the region.
The forum’s full agenda and further details will soon be announced and are being developed in co-operation with all regional AmChams with the support of the Mena Council Secretariat at AmCham Egypt.