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The Business & Financial Forum

From:3 Jun 2008 - 09:00 AM To:      4 Jun 2008 - 03:00 PM
Country:Lebanon Place:Gulf Hotel

Event Description

Under the patronage of

H.E. Dr. Hassan Abdallah Fakhro

Minister of Industry & Commerce

“The Business & Financial Forum”

Tuesday & Wednesday 3-4 June 2008, at the Gulf Hotel – Kingdom of Bahrain


With the support of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Bahrain, and with the collaboration of the Federation of GCC chambers, Bahrain chamber of Commerce and Industry, and with the help of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Confex International s.a.l. is proudly organizing:

“The Business & Financial Forum”

The Forum will be a meeting place for Arab Business People, to join efforts, share thoughts, and find ways to collaborate and invest in many sectors including: Banking & Finance, Real Estate development, contracting, telecom and other general mutual investments, mainly in the private sector.


“ The Business & Financial Forum ” will hold workshops, working sessions and debates between speakers coming from different backgrounds, opening up doors and new horizons between the speakers and the participants.


Around 300 participants are expected to visit the forum from the finest Arab business people, investors, bankers, traders, industrialist, and much more, in addition to Arab Ministers, leaders of Economic, financial and industrial Organizations and experts.


A specialized exhibition over 300sqm will accompany the Forum, where exhibitors coming from different countries and backgrounds will be able to demonstrate their products and services, going from Real Estate Developers, to Bankers, insurance companies, latest technologies, telecommunications etc. and we are expecting exhibitors from many countries including: Bahrain, Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt and KSA.

I believe this will present a great occasion for all participants to network and mingle, which has traditionally been the spark of great investment opportunities throughout the Arab world.

Best Regards,

Rafik Zantout



Event Agenda

Tuesday 3 June, 2008:


9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:00 Opening Session

-          H.E. Dr. Hassan Abdallah Fakhro, Minister of Industry & Commerce

-          Dr. Essam Abdallah Fakhro, Chairman Chamber of Commerce & Industry

-          Mr. Hisham Al Baradie, Chairman Magnum Events & Exhibitions (MEEM)

-          Mr. Rafik Zantout, Chairman Confex International SAL


10:00 – 10:30 Networking Break


10:30 – 11:30Kingdom of Bahrain: an Economical Rise and Investment Opportunities

Strategic Location to Attract Arab Investors in Real Estate, Banking, Industry and Services sector


-          HE AbdulNabi Al Shoa’la, Chairman Al Fanar Investment Holding

-          Mr. Adnan Ahmad Yousif, CEO Al Baraka Banking Grp.

-          Mr. Abdulkarim Al-Sayed, CEO Bapco

-          Mr. Mohammed Muhieddine Al Khateeb, Vice Chairman Bahrain Businessmen’s Association



11:30 – 13:00 Disposition of Arab Markets to Adapt to Construction Growth

The Actual Market Status and its Predisposition to Adapt to the Incoming Growth


-          Mr. Ahmad Abu Baker Al Janahi, Chairman & CEO AAJ Holdings

-          Mr. Bernard Mouchbahani, Managing Partner, Pro Finance

-          Mr. Osama Al Khaja, CPA Head of Project Development Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain)

-          Mr. Yasser Akkawi, Chairman & GM, Capital Concept



13:00 – 13:15 Networking Break


13:15 – 14:30 Leading Arab Investments: Success Stories & New Horizons

The primary Roles of Real Estate Development, Contracting, Industry and Tourism


-          Mrs. Huda Janahi, CEO Global Cargo & Traveller’s Services

-          Dr. Khater Massaad, CEO RAK Ceramics

-          Mr. Akram Miknas, Chairman Promoseven Holdings

-          Mr. Oussama Kabbani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director Millennium Development


14:30 Lunch


20:30 Dinner Sponsored by AAJ Holdings


Wednesday 4 June, 2008:

9:30-11:00Banks Financing Partners in Achievements:                            

 The Role of Banks and Financial Institutions in the Support andFinancingof the Mega Real Estate and         Touristic Projects. 


-          HE Mohsin Khamis Al Balushi, Advisor to the Ministrty of Commerce & Industy of Oman 

-          Dr. Jamil Jaroudi, CEO ELAF Bank

-          Mr. Gebrayel Basbous, Bahrain Country Manager, Credit Libanais

-          Mr. Issa Saadeh, Research & Development Manager, Global Venture Capital Holdings


11:00 – 11:30 Networking Break


11:30–12:30:Arab Telecom Companies – Towards Regional Governance and Global Expansion

Positioning in the International Marketplace, Future Expectations & Next Generation Technologies

-          Mr. Ross Cormack, CEO Nawras

-          Mr. Abdulhameed Al Sunaid, CEO I2

-          Mr. Jamal Ramadan, MENA region Manager MTN Group

-          Mr. Raghu Venkataraman, Executive Vice president Corporate Strategy and Strategic Marketing DU


12:30 – 14:00: Legal Reforms in the Economical and Financial Fields and their Effects on the Banking and Investment Sectors. 

Legal Workshop to Improve the Development of the Banking and Financial Sectors, as                                       Investments in Various Services are Growing.


-          Me. Lilia Sabbagh, Partner Badri & Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

-          Me. Qays  H. Zu’bi, Managing Partner Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants

-          Dr. Abdelgadir Warsama Ghalib, Legal Advisor

-          Mr. Osama Mohammed Muein, GM Global Investment House


14:00 Lunch               

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