Crans montana forum’s central europe & eastern new economies strategies with the gulf states commences today

Published April 9th, 2008 - 08:15 GMT

Crans montana forum’s central europe & eastern new economies strategies with the gulf states commences today
The Crans Montana Forum - Middle East (CMF - ME) “Central Europe & Eastern New Economies Strategies with the Gulf States” Forum under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Kingdom of Bahrain was officially inaugurated today by H.E Dr Hassan Bin Abdullah Fakhro, Minister of Commerce & Industries, Kingdom of Bahrain,.
The Forum commenced at 0930 hrs in the Al Noor Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Spa, Kingdom of Bahrain & will continue till April 10, 2008
This high profile economic & investment Forum organised by the Crans Montana Forum in association with Crans Montana Forum – Middle East is the first of its kind to connect the GCC with the Central and Eastern European nations. It is held in partnership with the Federation of GCC Chambers, EUROCHAMBERS, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The Programme will combine plenary sessions, parallel sessions, individual business meetings and round tables focusing each time on presentations of corporate & countries’ investments opportunities and business cooperation wishes in the fields of : Energy, Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, Transport, Infrastructure, Mining, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Telecommunication, IT, Tourism, Public Health, Trading, Financial Services and Banking, Manufacturing..
“The sessions will discuss the latest economic strategies and policies, and the most current and available investment opportunities will be highlighted. Furthermore, the Forum will provide a platform for the exchange of professional expertise, and enhance dialogue on a variety of key topics of mutual interest, including: common market, commercial arbitration, free economy, common currency, economic co-operation, investment promotion, and the prospect of the proposed Free Trade Agreement with the EU,” Mr. Osama Al Khajah, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of CMF - ME commented.
Among others, confirmed participants include Mr. Bernard Savage, Ambassador of the European Union to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Essam A. Fakhro, President, Federation of GCC Chambers & President of Bahrain CCI, Mr. Petar Stoyanov, Former President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Adrian Nastase, Former Prime Minister, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Romania, Mr. Peter Medgyessy, Former Prime Minister, Ambassador at Large of Hungary, Mr. Ovidiu Silaghi, Minister for SMEs Trade, Tourism & Liberal Professions, Romania, Mr. Pierre Simon, President, EUROCHAMBRES & Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris and numerous high level Official and Business delegations for Central, Eastern Europe and the Gulf.
The topics to be addressed include:

• Prospect and Impact of the planned FTA on the EU-GCC relationship  with Dr. Fawaz Al Alami, Chief Technical Negotiator for Riyadh in WTO, advisor of Minister of Commerce and Industry, Saudi Arabia, Mr. Bernard Savage, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, European Union, and Mr. Pierre Simon, President, EUROCHAMBRES & Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris.

• Opportunities  of the Central European States having joined the European Union under the Chairmanship of Mr. Petar Dimitrov Minister of Economy and Energy Bulgaria, with the participation of Mr. Abel Garamhegyi Government Commissioner for International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Economy, and Transport, Hungary and many other representatives of Investment Agencies in Central Europe.

• Taking advantage of the Privatization Process The Positive Impact of Privatization on Economic Development with the participation of Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Director of Privatization Directorate, Bahrain, Mr. Pavel Rezabek, Chief Executive Officer, National Bank, Czech Republic, Mr. George Goguadze, Director General, People’s Bank of Georgia, and Mr. Zlatin Sarastov, CEO, Amphora Capital Ltd, Bulgaria

• Romania : Member of the EU, Crossroads of the Black Sea and gateway to the New Eastern Markets presented by Mr. Adrian Nastase Former Prime Minister, Member of the Chamber of Deputies Romania & Mr. Constantin Teodorescu; Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Romania and finally Mr. Ion Florin Pogonaru CEO, Central European Financial Services, Romania.


The Forum’s Programme and List of Participants are updated daily on www.cmf.ch


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