OBG Event

20 Jul 2009

The Report: Bahrain 2009 was launched on 20th July 2009 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the presence of Abby Lindenberg, Regional Director, Oliver Cornock.

Regional Editor of Oxford Business Group; Dr. Zakaria Hejres Deputy Chief Executive of Economic Development Board; Samir Sami, Chief Corporate Officer of Securities & Investment Company; Essa Al Jowder, Senior Partner of Ernst & Young and Hatim Zu’bi, Partner of Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys and Legal Consultants.

OBG’s latest report on Bahrain’s economy includes a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for foreign investors, together with a wide range of interviews with the most prominent political, economic and business leaders, including Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain. Other key figures interviewed include the minister of finance, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa; the former UN secretary-general, Boutros Boutros-Ghali; and Sheikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, the chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

The Report: Bahrain 2009 has been produced in partnership with Bahrain’s Economic Development Board. Contributions have also been made by Securities and Investment Company BSC (SICO) as OBG’s capital markets research partner, Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys and Legal Consultants as its legal partner, and Ernst and Young as its accountancy partner.

Oliver Cornock, OBG’s Regional Editor, agreed, saying that the move to open up the economy to foreign players and make the most of its location at the gateway to the northern Gulf had helped to strengthen Bahrain’s strategic position.

Dr. Zakaria Hejres said the Economic Development Board welcomed the newest edition of The Report: Bahrain which highlights trends in Bahrain’s economy and continued opportunities for business. “The report will prove to be a useful resource detailing recent economic and political developments in the Kingdom,” he said. “We are delighted to have played a key role in the compilation of The Report: Bahrain 2009 and to have collaborated with OBG. We believe it will strengthen and reinforce the view of Bahrain as an ideal location from which international companies can access markets across the Gulf.”