EDB showcases Bahrain logistics zone in Japan

Published March 4th, 2009 - 10:14 GMT

EDB showcases Bahrain logistics zone in Japan

A delegation led by Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (EDB) is in Japan this week, showcasing the state of the art Bahrain Logistics Zone (BLZ) and the benefits it offers Japanese businesses looking to access the Gulf.  BLZ is the region’s first boutique value added logistics area, hosting companies focused on re-export and value-added logistics activities.  

The delegation is visiting the Investment Promotion Forum 2009, which is taking place in Tokyo on 2 March and Osaka on 4 March, at the invitation of the Japan Cooperation Centre for the Middle East (JCCME).  The delegation will present Japanese companies with details of business opportunities at the BLZ, including activities such as 3PL and specialised warehousing and distribution services.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain EDB, said: “Bahrain is already an ideal location from which international businesses can access markets across the GCC and wider Middle East.  Our well developed infrastructure and strong logistics sector are major contributing factors.  The Bahrain Logistics Zone is one of a number of exciting projects designed to enable us to further enhance this market access.  Bahrain also offers a strong business track record, fair and effective regulation, well developed infrastructure, low operating costs as well as our educated, skilled work force and open, hospitable and tolerant environment.”

Hassan ِAli Al Majed, Director General of the General Organisation of Sea Ports Bahrain said: “Bahrain’s position as an ideal location from which to access markets across the Gulf was an important consideration for many tenants to site their operations at the Bahrain Logistics Zone.”

Bahrain is currently investing US$2.9bn to upgrade its logistics infrastructure. The Bahrain Logistics Zone is fully integrated with the new Khalifa bin Salman port, set to open in April 2009, and is in close proximity to both the King Fahd causeway linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and the proposed Bahrain-Qatar ‘Friendship’ causeway.  It is also just 13km from Bahrain International Airport, making it perfectly positioned as a multimodal logistics hub for the region.  Logistics firms already operating in Bahrain include DHL, Fed Ex, Aramex, Agility and TNT.

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