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HomeEvents The Arab Business Forum

The Arab Business Forum

From:4 Feb 2009 - 08:00 AM To:      5 Feb 2009 - 03:00 PM
Country:Lebanon Place:Moevenpick Hotel & Resort

Event Description



Under the Auspices of

M.P. Saad Hariri

Head of the Future Parliament Bloc

Guest of Honor

H.H. Sayyid Haitham Bin Tarek Al Said

Minister of Heritage and Culture in the Sultunate of Oman


Confex International s.a.l. is organizing



In coordination with the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the Sultanate of Oman and in

Cooperation with the Lebanese Central Bank, the Omani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Chamber of Commerce,Industry and Agriculture, Union of Arab Banks and the Lebanese Industrialist Association,

“The Arab Business Forum”

At the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort – Beirut Lebanon

Wednesday, February 4, 2009                                 Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Omani-Lebanese conference                              The Economic and Financial conference


This Forum will coincide with the ceremony that will be laying the foundation stone of the Lebanese Cultural Center, funded by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and the Omani Heritage Festival, under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Fouad Siniora.


The Forum is an ideal networking platform for business leaders from Oman, Lebanon and the Arab world to exchange potential opportunities in tourism, real estate, banking, trading, communication, industry and other sectors. This networking is necessary and beneficial to grow bilateral relationships between Oman and Lebanon as well as other Arab countries.


In addition to both governors of the Lebanese Central Bank and the Central Bank of Oman, prominent investors, bankers and key businessmen leaders from Oman, Lebanon and the Arab countries will attend the forum, along with various industry experts and consultants.


The first day lunch will be hosted by the Forum’s Event PartnerBank of Beirut,additionally, participants will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings and participate in visits to Lebanese officials. At the end of Day one, participants will attend the forum’s official dinner.

Second day, the forum will be concluded by a luncheohosted at the Moevenpick hotel


                         English Synopsis

Arabic Synopsis  

Event Agenda

Wednesday February 4, 2009:    The Omani - Lebanese Conference


9:30 – 10:15Opening Session

- H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, Headof the Future Parliament Bloc – Lebanon

- H.H. Sayyid Haitham Bin Tarik Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture – Oman

- H.E. Ahmad Bin Abdulnabi Mackhi, Minister of National Economy / VP Council of              Financial Affairs and Energy Resources – Sultunate of Oman

- Mr. Rafik Zantout, Chairman, ConfexInternational

- Mr. Fadi Saab, Lebanese Economic Forum Secretary (Conference Coordinator)

10:15 – 10:45Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00:Economic Relationship and Future Orientations                  

- H.E. Mr. Mohammad Safadi, Minister of Economy and Trade (session coordinator)

- H.E. Eng. Hassan bin Ahmad Al Zeeb, Undersecretary of the ministry of Commerce &        Industry, Oman

- H.E. Khalil Abdullah Al Khonji, President Chamber of Commerce &Industry, Oman

- Mr. Ghazi Koraitem, President Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut

- Mr. Nabil Itani, Chairman & General Manager,Investment Development Authority of Lebanon          

12:00 – 13:15Tourism cooperation and joint Investments

- H.E. Mr. Elie Marouni, Minister of Tourism, Lebanon

- H.E. Advisor Mohsin Khamis Al Balushi,Ministry of Commerce & Industry (session manager)

- Mr. Saleh H.A. Miri, CEO ASIT – Sultunate of Oman

-Mr. Peter Hill, CEO Oman Air

- Mr. Wael Lawati, CEO Omran, Oman

13:15 – 14:30: Development Authorities of the Private Sector

- Dr. Ziad Hayek, Secretary General, Higher Council for Privatization (session moderator)

- Eng. Ahmed Al Wahiby, CEO Oman Oil Company

-Mr. Nehme Sabbagh, Executive General Manager BankMed - Lebanon

- Mr. Abdul Kader Askalan, CEO Oman Arab Bank

- Mr. Fadi Abboud, President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists                                 

14:30                 BusinessLunch hosted by the Event Partner Bank of Beirut

20:30                       Private Dinner invitation



Thursday February 5, 2009:        The Economic and Financial Conference


9:30 – 10:15Opening Session

- H.E. Mr. Riad Salame, Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon

- H.E. Hmoud Sanjour Al Zadjali, CEO, Oman Central Bank

- Mr. Salim Sfeir, Chairman & GM Bank of Beirut

- Mr. Rafik Zantout - Chairman, ConfexInternational

- Mr. Fadi Saab – Lebanese Economic Forum Secretary (Conference Coordinator)

10:15 – 10:45Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15:Telecommunication sector and its effect on the Economy

-Dr. Kamal Chehade, CEO Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Lebanon

-Dr. Marwan Iskandar, Economic Expert - Lebanon

- Mr. Jamal Ramadan, Vice President MENA & South Africa – MTN Group

- Mr. Joseph Ged, CEO Wataniya Telecom Algerie

- Mr. Hakam Kanafani, Chief Business Development Officer – Oger Tel

12:15 – 13:30Pioneer Institutions and their ability to overcome the crisis

 -Dr. Fouad Matraji, General Manager Arab Finance House – Lebanon(session coordinator)

- Mr. Brian Buckley, General Manager & CEO Oman LNG LLC

- Mr. Abdel Razzak bin Ali Issa, CEO Bank Muscat

- Eng.Wasfi Ataya, President & CEO SUN Engineering & Contracting Co LLC

- Mr. Mounir Douaidy, General Manager Solidere - Lebanon

- Dr. Makram Bou Nassar, Deputy Director of the foreign affairs department

13:30              Business Lunch   


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