Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd (MLA), the company responsible for the implementation of marketing and market support programs and for commissioning research and development for Australian meat and livestock throughout the world, announced today its decision to maintain Bahrain as an operational hub for its regional business following speculation of the company’s move elsewhere within the GCC states.
The decision bolsters a twenty-year relationship MLA has had with Bahrain owing to the convenient working environment, convenience and steady commercial development in the Kingdom.
Australia has seen a 23% jump in sheep meat exports to the Middle East region and Bahrain remains an important hub for supporting these sales. In 2005, 521,000 live sheep were shipped to Bahrain; the fourth largest market for Australian sheep.
Ian Ross, Regional Manager of MLA, commented by saying: “Bahrain continues to provide a reliable business environment with great accessibility to our customers throughout the Gulf Our regional workforce enjoys its pleasant lifestyle and strong sense of community. Its central location allows easy access across the causeway to Saudi Arabia and UAE; our two major markets in the region.”