Arab-British Business Volume 36 Issue 5 May 2013 Monthly bulletin of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce
Kizad Seeks to Attract UK Investors See page 8
Aerial view of Khalifa Port and Kizad
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NEW CEO FOR RAK FTZ HH Sheikh Ahmad Saqr Mohammed Al Qasemi, Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority (RAK FTZ) – one of the fastest-growing and most costeffective free trade zones in the UAE – has announced the appointment of Peter Fort as its new Chief Executive Officer.
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In addition to his mandate as CEO, Mr Fort will act as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK). In his new dual role he will spearhead the continued growth of RAK FTZ and channel investments into the emirate, reinforcing RAK’s growing reputation in the region.
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Announcing Mr Fort’s appointment, Sheikh Ahmad said: “Peter has played a leading role in the regional investment banking sector and has an intimate knowledge and understanding of our industry and the competitive landscape in which we operate. I welcome him onboard as we move into a new and exciting growth phase for the free zone.”
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Kizad Seeks to Attract UK Investors As part of efforts by the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) to raise its profile across the international business community, representatives from the UAE industrial zone were visiting London recently to introduce the many advantages of operating in the zone to British investors. Numerous benefits to large enterprises and SMEs were on offer to companies choosing set up their operations in Abu Dhabi’s latest new free trade zone. Its unique feature is its concentration on supporting industrial activities in the UAE. At a press briefing in London’s Baltic Exchange, Khaled Salmeen, CEO and Managing Director of Kizad, outlined the opportunities for British business interests and investors and explained the progress made on the new development to date. Kizad offers numerous benefits to companies operating from the zone, including tax concessions, exemptions on customs duties for equipment and raw materials. Costs of utilities are highly competitive and prices for power and water are offered at a fixed rate guaranteed in 25 year agreements. This means that companies do not encounter the fluctuations in charges that can be experienced elsewhere. The Kizad CEO said that the growth of the zone was motivated by the Abu Dhabi government’s long-term economic plans to achieve diversification embodied in the Economic Vision 2030. This had set clear targets for what the economy should look like by that year, he said. Abu Dhabi was seeking to both strengthen its oil sector and expand the non-oil sector with growth in the latter projected to be much higher in the future, the Kizad CEO stated. Twelve sectors were being supported in order to enable them to contribute towards the growth of the local economy, such as tourism, financial services, transport, industry, pharmaceuticals, steel, telecommunications and healthcare. There was a plan for each sector which in turn was split into subsectors such as transport which consisted of new initiatives in air, sea, rail and road.
The role of Kizard, Khaled Salmeen explained, was to stimulate the industrial sector by providing the infrastructure required to facilitate industrial activities by companies choosing to set up in the zone, such as utilities, factory units, transport and logistical facilities and administrative support services.
up to 418 km2 – which amounts to an area approximately two-thirds the size of Singapore.
“The advanced infrastructure at Kizad provides customers with reliable and sustainable production and distribution facilities. Investors will also find that proximity to the only semi-automated deep sea port in the region, our innovative vertical clustering, Kizad’s advanced transportation network linking land, sea, rail and air, will all be instrumental to their success and ability to connect with their customers in the region and globally,” Khaled Salmeen continued.
One hundred per cent foreign ownership was an important selling point for the zone.
Phase I of Kizad consists of a 52 km2 area, including the new deep-water Khalifa Port, while Phase II will expand the zone’s landmass
Kizad’s objective was to make life easy for its tenants, Khaled Salmeen told the London press conference.
The free zone offered companies highly competitive lease rates, attractive tax exemptions, light regulations, efficient services and the advantage of its strategic market location in the Gulf.
Pre-constructed facilities in the form of factory space and office units were available to enable companies to get set up efficiently. Kizad also offered companies the opportunity to increase their capacity recognising that tenants needed to know the opportunities for expanding their businesses after they have set up.
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Speed and efficiency were essential for the transportation of goods between markets and Kizad has established a modern and efficient system using the latest technologies. Transactions are regulated online and preclearance mechanisms are in place to enable swift access for consignments. Cargos are checked automatically by a scanning system which ensures minimum delays. Many leading international brands were becoming customers for products now produced in Kizad. The free zone had carried out extensive research to identify the key markets where companies would be most attracted to setting up the zone. The six key markets where Kizard’s efforts were forcing on were India, South Korea and China in the ‘East’ and the UK, Germany and the USA in the ‘West’. Of these, Indian and German investors were especially keen to set up business. British business has been heavily involved in the construction of the free zone and the adjacent Khalifa Port from as early as 2007, he stated. The project has involved some of the UK’s biggest consultancy and contracting firms, including: WS Atkins & Partners Overseas; HPA/Halcrow; Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Co. Ltd and Mouchel Middle East. The value of such contracts over the last five years is around £40 million.
One of Kizad’s key objectives is to increase the number of highly skilled jobs available in Abu Dhabi, across a range of sectors and over the long term, although Khaled Salmeen was keen to emphasise that what the UAE really faced was a shortage of labour not an unemployment problem, which is reflected in the high proportion of expatriate workers in the labour force. The liberal labour laws allowed investors to bring in employees and gave great flexibility for companies expanding their operations. The Kizad executives were in London to take part in the World Aluminium Conference where they delivered a presentation on how the free zone is maximising the competitive advantages for its aluminium tenants, like EMAL. Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is the master developer and regulator of ports and industrial zones in the emirate.
Latest New: $200m Kizad plant catalyst for growth A $200 million factory for specialised catalysts used in oil refining is due to be built in Abu Dhabi as the emirate pushes further down the hydrocarbon value chain. Scheduled to begin construction at Kizad this year, the plant will make specialised chemical compounds used to split crude into diesel, polymers and other products. The first plant for fluid catalytic cracking catalysts in the Middle East - most in the
relatively small $2.5 billion global market are based in Europe or North America - it follows the movement of refining and oil consumption from West to East. Its partner, the UAE agricultural company Al Dahra, will focus on the logistics of procuring raw materials such as sodium silicate and aluminium sulfate and moving the finished catalysts to consumers in Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Takreer is scheduled to double its refining power by the start of next year with an extra 417,000 barrels per day (bpd) of capacity at its Ruwais site. The $10bn expansion, which will allow the UAE to meet all of its domestic demand for products such as petrol and diesel, will coincide with the launch of the catalyst logistics hub at Kizad. The facility joins a number of other future Kizad tenants ranging from silicon smelters to construction board manufacturers. The National, 17/05/2013 For more on Kizad: http://kizad.com/en For the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030: http://gsec.abudhabi.ae/Sites/GSEC/ Content/EN/PDF/Publications/economicvision-2030-executive-summarymandate2,property=pdf.pdf
DRIVING GROWTH IN OMAN Oman’s gross domestic product soared 11.6% in 2012, the latest official statistics show.
by 2014 and expand the country’s ports. Muscat International Airport is also set for expansion.
Meanwhile, Oman’s business-friendly policy has attracted increased investor interest in recent years.
In addition, more homes are being built in conformity with new sustainable building practices.
GDP at the current prices soared 11.6% to OMR30.034 billion in 2012 from OMR26.904 billion in the previous year, far exceeding the government’s target of 7%, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
Signs of growth are evident in the regional industrial activity in areas such as Sohar, Salalah and Duqm. Aluminium and petrochemicals are important industries in Oman.
The country’s growing number of free trade agreements and special economic zones are helping to attract foreign investors by offering a secure low-cost, low regulation business environment.
Several new projects are driving economic growth and boosting construction activity in particular. Oman has allocated $4.23 billion to initiatives for infrastructure development, which include new hospitals and the Al Batinah Expressway project scheduled for completion by 2015. By strengthening the bidding system and establishing new free zones, Oman is attracting investment in commercial real estate. Funds have also been allocated to extend the rail and road networks with plans for a Pan-Arabia Express railway to complement a comprehensive road network. As part of Oman Vision 2020, there are plans to build four new regional airports
A member of the GCC, Oman sees itself as the Arab World’s gateway to South Asia according to OBG, and enjoys close relations with India. It also enjoys historic ties with East African states such as Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa in particular. Internationally, Oman is an active member of over 150 leading organisations including the UN, the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank. The drive to achieve economic diversification that Oman has embarked on has started to show positive results. From 2007 to 2011, growth rates of 135% and 124% were recorded in the non-oil sectors and reexports respectively. The destination of the country’s non-oil exports are varied with no one market taking a majority. The UAE, India and China are major trade partners. Non-oil exports to Indonesia and Malaysia have also been growing.
The typical lush green vegetation as found in the Salalah region of Oman Salalah Port, Oman
Salalah Port, Oman
Job creation is a priority of the Oman authorities and in the years to 2015 the government has set the target of generating between 200,000 and 275,000 new jobs in both the private and public sectors. Ongoing diversification is seeing an expansion of the industrial sector and industrial activities accounted for almost 15% of GDP by early 2012. Major players in the industrial sector include the Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) in the petrochemicals field which operates four plants split between Sohar and Muscat. In the Sohar Industrial Estate, ORPIC is joined by other petrochemicals firms such as the Sohar International Urea & Chemical Industries fertiliser factory, a formaldehyde facility owned by Oman Formaldehyde Chemical Company. Petrochemicals are a sector with potential for considerable expansion in Oman.
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The metals cluster also offers potential for expansion as an industrial activity with Brazil and India taking a lead in establishing new plant facilities in the country.
Local manufacturing of pharmaceuticals products is dominated by two companies, the National Pharmaceutical Industries (NPI) and Oman Pharmaceutical Products (OPP).
Demand for steel products across the GCC is on the increase stimulated by major construction works in countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Oman has taken steps to bolster the role of SMEs and strengthen their contribution to the economy.
In addition, the aluminium industry in Oman is showing signs of growth with new rolling plants expected to become operational in Sohar by the end of the year. The plant operated by the Oman Aluminium Rolling Company (OARC) will manufacture flat sheet and aluminium foil to supply markets in Europe and the MENA region. Meanwhile, Omanâ€™s mining sector has been experiencing significant growth. Oman is a mineral-rich land that has not gone unnoticed by investors. The countryâ€™s mountain ranges are being explored for mining ventures to extract the sizeable deposits of gold, copper, zinc, silver, chromite and lead. Oman also possesses substantial silica sand deposits. Output of gypsum rose by more than 90% in 2011, according to official figures. Marble output increased by some 34% in 2011, while copper production rose by 28% and limestone output increased by 8%. New developments in mining emerged with the start of commercial mining for manganese in 2011. Demand for pharmaceuticals in Oman is growing and currently approximately 85% of all medicines purchased in the country are imported. Despite this, local pharmaceutical firms still manage to export a proportion of their products to markets in the GCC.
The presence of a skilled local workforce is an important factor contributing towards economic development. Both the public and private sectors in Oman have been taking initiatives to improve vocational training in an attempt to educate young Omani with some of the skills most required in the labour market. Retail is an expanding part of the Oman economy with new shopping centres and more companies setting up outlets in the country. In 2012 Oman emerged as one of the top 30 developing countries in terms of retail investment. Larger salaries enjoyed by the population and an increase in tourist visitors have both been factors that have stimulated the growth in the retail sector in recent years.
Information in this report is sourced from the Oman Report 2013 just published by Oxford Business Group.
$4bn steam cracker plant under study Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) plans to conduct a study for a proposed steam cracker plant to produce polypropylene and polyethylene as part of its business development plans, its CEO said. In an interview with Times of Oman, ORPIC chief executive officer Musab Al Mahruqi said, "the proposed project will cost in the region of $3 billion to $4 billion and it will have the capacity to produce approximately one million tonnes per year of polypropylene
and polyethylene." He did not give the time frame of the project but said its completion might coincide a couple years after the proposed projects of improving the Sohar Refinery and a MuscatSohar pipeline project have been completed. "The engineering work of the pipeline between Muscat and Sohar is in progress and we expect construction to start next year. The project will cost between $300 million and $400 million." "As for the Sohar Refinery, the upgrade will raise current production by 70% and we expect both projects to be completed in 2016," Al Mahruqi said. The 280km pipeline will have a terminal in Jifnain, north of Muscat, and it will be a twoway facility to carry refined products to both cities. The pipeline will also supply Muscat Airport with jet fuel, petrol and diesel. "We have hundreds of trucks carrying refined products between the two cities and the pipeline will reduce road congestion, cut down traffic accidents and increased safety and security," the Orpic chief explained. He also said that the demand for refined products in Oman is steadily increasing between 10 and 15% a year. "We have started to import refined products this year and imports will keep increasing year by year until 2016 when the Sohar Refinery improvement is completed," noted Al Mahruqi. The Sohar Refinery expansion will cost between $1.3 billion and $1.6 billion. It is currently producing about 116,000 barrels per day. The Mina Al Fahal refinery in Muscat is pumping out about 105,000 bpd. Oman and Abu Dhabi are planning to build another refinery at Duqm with a proposed capacity of 200,000bpd. Orpic reported an operating profit of OMR96 million in 2012 against OMR150 million a year before. Times of Oman, 15/05/2013
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IRAQ SET FOR 9% GROWTH IN 2013 Iraq’s economic growth reached 8.4% in 2012 and is expected to rise to 9% in 2013 as oil production increases to 3.3 million barrels per day (mbpd), according to the International Monetary Fund. Partly thanks to the increase in oil production since 2003, Iraq has achieved a rise in GDP per capita from $1,300 in 2004 to $6,300 in 2012, the IMF observed following its conclusion of Article IV consultations with the country on 11 May. Recent macroeconomic developments have been broadly positive. Inflation has declined from about 6% at end-2011 to 3.6% at the end of last year, and should increase only slightly in 2013. International reserves of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) rose from $61 billion at end-2011 to $70 billion at end-2012, and fiscal reserves held at the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) have increased from $16.5 billion to $18 billion.
Thanks to higher-than-expected oil revenues and the under-execution of the investment budget, fiscal surpluses reached almost 5% of GDP in 2011 and 4% in 2012, the IMF reported. However, with a break-even oil price of about $100, fiscal performance is very vulnerable to oil revenue shocks—either from oil price declines or export shortfalls. The policy of a de facto peg to the US dollar provides a key nominal anchor to the economy, and the nominal exchange rate in the official market has remained stable since 2010. However, the spread between the official rate and the parallel market rate—which had
KUWAIT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS VALUED AT $250.6BN The value of Kuwait’s construction market and its influence on the strength of the GCC’s position as an international hub has been highlighted in a recent report. Currently valued at $250.6 billion, ongoing construction projects contribute a growing proportion of the GCC’s $2.54 trillion spend on the industry, according to the report from Zawya commissioned by The Big 5 Kuwait 2013.
The commissioned report revealed that there are signs of a greater determination by Kuwaiti authorities to implement large infrastructure projects associated with the government’s four-year $108 billion National Development Plan. The plan includes a new $6 billion airport terminal, $7 billion metro, new refinery and hospitals. Kuwait Times, 16/05/2013
TAQA WEIGHS DUAL LISTING WITH ENTRY INTO LONDON Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, also known as Taqa, is exploring the possibility of a dual listing on the London Stock Exchange as a potential option to improve the liquidity of its shares and open up to foreign investors. The move, complementing its current listing on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, would be similar to that undertaken by DP World in 2011, according to two people familiar with the matter.
In a statement, Taqa confirmed it was “exploring opportunities to enhance the liquidity of its shares traded on the ADX but has not taken any decisions in this regard”. Talk of a capital raise on the UK’s biggest stock exchange comes as growing numbers of UAE energy companies look in the direction of overseas stock markets. The National, 20 /05/2013
been up to that point below 2%—started to climb, passing 9% in May 2013. Over the medium term, Iraq’s macroeconomic outlook will continue to be driven by developments in the oil sector. The IMF expects oil production to rise gradually by about 400-500 thousand barrels per day per year, reaching 5.7 mbpd by 2018. Overall, growth is projected to remain above 8% and inflation at 5–6% over the medium term. The IMF pointed to prevailing risk factors such as for example delays in developing Iraq’s oil fields and oil export capacity, possibly due in part to security and insufficient investment in oil infrastructure. IMF, 21/05/2013
UAE TOP MIDEAST PERFORMER FOR TOURISM RECEIPTS IN 2012 The UAE has topped the Middle East region for international tourism receipts in 2012, according to data released by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation. The UAE was ranked 31st in global list with receipts of about $10bn, just ahead of Saudi Arabia which was placed 35th, with revenues of $7.4bn. Middle East tourism receipts totalled $46.7bn last year, the Arabian Business quoting UNWTO report said, adding that international arrivals were down to 52 million, from 54.9m in the previous year. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism receipts hit a new record in 2012, reaching an estimated $1,075bn worldwide, up four percent in real terms from $1,042bn in 2011. Emirates News Agency, WAM, 20/05/2013
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MARKS & SPENCER OPENS NEW UAE STORE Marks & Spencer (M&S) has opened its brand new store at Mirdif City Centre to complement its planned expansion in the GCC region. The 15,000 sq ft store located on the ground floor of Mirdif City Centre offers an international Marks & Spencer brand shopping experience for Dubai customers, remarked John Cooper, managing director. M&S now has 10 stores across the country, run under the longstanding franchise agreement with AlFuttaim. Trade Arabia News, 10/05/2013
SAUDI ARABIA SET FOR SOLAR ENERGY BOOM A fall in solar power costs and a surge in oil prices over the last few years has made solar power a win-win strategy for Saudi Arabia potentially saving billions of dollars of crude for export while making electricity at less than half the cost. Riyadh plans to install 41,000 megawatts (MW) of solar power over the next 20 years, but to date has built only 12 MW - or less than even Britain installed in early May. Saudi energy officials have talked of becoming major solar players for years, but while China built 5,000 MW in 2012 alone, Saudi solar capacity is still insignificant. Saudi authorities now appear to be moving quickly to capitalize on the slump in costs, with contracts for the first round of 500-
RENEWABLE ENERGY DRIVE GAINS PACE IN MOROCCO Morocco is ploughing ahead with a programme to boost wind energy production, particularly in the southern Tarfaya region, where Africa’s largest wind farm is set to open in 2014. The kingdom, which has no hydrocarbon reserves of its own, hopes to cover 42% of its energy needs with renewable sources by 2020, and has launched a plan to produce 4,000 megawatts. Half of this will come from solar energy: at the beginning of May, the first of five solar power plants near Ouarzazate was officially launched, and the site is set to be operational from 2015. Wind power will supply the remaining 2,000 MW, and Morocco’s wind-blown southern coast, where many of the new farms will be built, already resembles a huge building site. At Tarfaya, which will be home to the continent’s biggest wind farm, the project led by the French company GDF Suez, in partnership with local company Nareva Holding, is only just beginning. ME Online, 18/05/2013
800 MW of solar power expected before the end of 2013 and a target of over 5,000 MW installed in the next five years. “Solar in the Middle East is not being prompted today based on environmental or reputational concerns. It is simple economics,” Michael Parker, an energy analyst at Bernstein Research said. Agencies, 23/05/2013
QATAR’S FOOD INDUSTRY ‘TO GROW FASTEST IN GCC’ Qatar’s food production industry accounts for only about 7% of the country’s domestic consumption, a new report said highlighting its dependence on food imports for local needs. In 2010, Qatar produced 0.1mn tonnes of foods across categories, the GCC food industry report said. “Qatar is an important business hub in the GCC. Qatar is more affluent compared to other member countries in GCC with the highest per capita income. With an enviable economic outlook and growing private consumption, food consumption in Qatar is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% up to 2017,” the report said. In addition to strong macroeconomics, Qatar’s bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is likely to boost tourism activity in the country. This would translate into increased food consumption. Owing to the combined effect of these factors and higher domestic consumption, over the next decade, Qatar’s food industry is expected to continue growing at a pace faster than those of other GCC countries. Cereal is the staple food in Qatar. During 2012-2017, it is expected that cereals and vegetables will remain the largest segments across food categories.
However, with rising affluence, there is an expected demand for high-value products such as milk, meat and fruit to outpace growth in other food categories. During this period, fruit and milk consumption is likely to grow at a CAGR of 6% and 5.5%, respectively, followed by vegetables (5.3%), meat (5.2%) and cereals (4.3%). In 2008, the government established the Qatar National Food Security Programme to achieve food security. Moreover, Qatar intends to formulate a Food Security Master Plan, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. This includes plans to establish an Agro-Industrial Park to promote food processing sector. During 2011-12, Qatar invested $5.1bn toward its 10-year plan of becoming selfsufficient in the food sector. As part of its initiatives, Qatar leased about 400,000 hectares of land in Kenya against a $3.5bn loan to the Kenyan Government and had set up a $1bn joint venture with Vietnam to provide 90% of the funds for investment in various sectors, including agriculture. Gulf Times, 20/05/2013
BUSINESS & PROJECT NEWS
UK LAUNCHES NEW BUSINESS INITIATIVE WITH UAE UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Business Groups in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of Business Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The signing took place at the fourth meeting of the UK-UAE Business Council in Manchester on 20 May in the presence of Lord Marland, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and the Chairman of the UKUAE Business Council, Nasser Alsowaidi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and Samir Brickho, CEO of AMEC. The initiative forms a key part of Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green’s initiative to improve the competitiveness of British firms overseas and to support the growth of UK and UAE Small and Medium Enterprises. The UAE is one of 20 pilot markets in the initiative. British Ambassador to the UAE, H E Dominic Jermey, who signed the MoU for UKTI, stated: “Lord Green’s initiative is a great opportunity for the government to work with business in delivering a range of services to UK companies wanting to set up in the UAE. “It will create a platform for UAE and UK SMEs to work together across the Emirates to increase bilateral trade, but also in getting companies to work together in third countries,” he said. Richard Oliver, Chairman of the BBG Abu Dhabi, said, “This move will fast forward access to the UAE market for British businesses. It is a significant vote of confidence for the BBG in the Emirates.” Jonathon Davidson, Chairman and CEO of the BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates, said, “The MOU marks the first step in what is a significant evolution for the BBG Dubai and BBG Abu Dhabi and is testament to the close working relationship enjoyed between the two groups and UKTI.” UKTI, 29/05/2013
UK INVESTORS LINE UP FOR EMAAR Investors lined up in London for the chance to purchase property units in Dubai from its largest real estate developer, Emaar Properties, illustrating the hot real estate market that helped Emaar double its revenues during the first quarter of this year. Emaar knew that its London roadshow would be a hit, offering properties on a first-come-first-served basis. The last time the real estate company held a similar open offer for projects, its Dubai sales office was inundated with individuals seeking purchasing opportunities. London was a strategic stop for Emaar, as British investors are among the top purchasers of Emaar properties.
In order to purchase property from Emaar British nationals will have to pay a £5,000 deposit on the spot and the rest of the payment will be worked out according to individual sales agreements. Emaar has been actively seeking investors since Dubai’s property market began to pick up interest both locally and internationally. It held roadshows in Saudi Arabia, India, Qatar, and Singapore earlier this year. Nuqudy, 16/05/2013
OMAN GDP GREW 5% IN 2012 Oman’s real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded steadily over the past few years, with an estimated growth rate of 5.0% in 2012, which was lower than government’s target of 7.0% and was almost close to the IMF forecast, according to Global Investment House (Global) latest study. Oil and gas continue to dominate the Omani economy, contributing more than half of the nominal GDP and almost two–third of net fiscal revenue.
However, Oman has successfully executed its diversification strategy as non-oil GDP to grow 5.4% in 2011 from 3.1% in 2009. The non-oil sector’s contribution to GDP rose considerably from 52.7% in 2001 to 72.2% in 2011. Factors such as high domestic demand, an expansionary fiscal policy and growth in the non-oil economy would bolster economic growth to average 5.1% over 2013–17. Times of Oman, 21/05/2013
UK’S BIGGEST ISLAMIC BANK EYES CLOSER TIES TO GULF The Bank of London and The Middle East (BLME), Britain’s largest standalone Islamic bank, is targeting 15% growth in assets this year, with plans for a Dubai office to help boost its capital markets and wealth management offerings. BLME plans to have a presence in the emirate’s offshore financial district later this year to attract regional business from countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, chief executive Humphrey Percy told Reuters. There are no plans for seeking a full branch
licence or a presence in other countries, he added. The bank was founded in 2006 with the backing of Kuwaiti investors, including Boubyan Bank, which held 21.8% of BLME shares as of December 2012. The bank holds over $100m in assets under management across a range of Islamic funds, including a fixed income fund rated A by Moody’s. Reuters, 17/05/2013
BUSINESS & PROJECT NEWS
N IRELAND FIRMS PUSH FOR NEW SAUDI ARABIA DEALS A Northern Ireland delegation representing its business and education sectors visited Jeddah this month for enhancing business relationship with local counterparts. Invest Northern Ireland organized the visit, which was marked by one-to-one meetings between the businesses of the two countries at the British consulate. The delegation included senior representatives of three Northern Ireland colleges specialising in vocational training and other career development programs. Included in the group was Belfast Metropolitan College, the region’s biggest provider of further education and training courses for young people and industry. Among Northern Ireland companies with a lengthy track record of success in Saudi Arabia are those specialising in engineering equipment such as power
generation and materials handling machinery and services, dairy especially butter, and textiles including carpets. Companies represented in the mission included some of Northern Ireland’s most successful exporters including Anaconda Equipment International, Belfast Metropolitan College, Boomer Industries, Caterpillar NI, Delta Group, Diet Express, Edge Innovate, Greenfields Ireland, H&J Martin, Lowe Refrigeration, Mallaghan Engineering Northern Regional College, PWS Ireland, Randox Laboratories, SDC Trailers, SW College, Terex Finlay, Ulster Weavers and Wright bus. Arab News, 13/05/2013
QATAR WINS GREEN LIGHT FOR LONDON SHELL CENTRE Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has secured local government approval to build almost 900 homes and eight office blocks at the site of Royal Dutch Shell’s London headquarters. Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment, the property unit of the Gulf state’s wealth fund, has been given the nod for the project by the UK capital’s Lambeth Borough Council. It will be built alongside Canary Wharf Group, which owns the financial district of the same name. The offices part development will be about 76,000 sqm with the towers ranging from five to 37 storeys at the site, which is located on the banks of the River Thames. “The development would give rise to not only additional jobs in the borough but would also contribute towards strategic objectives for London in its promotion as a world city,” read a council document recommending planning permission for the project.
Qatar has invested heavily in London’s real estate market over the last five years. It is also funding luxury properties at the city’s Chelsea Barracks site as part of a project that will include 450 residences and affordable homes. Qatari Diar, which is behind Chelsea Barracks, still insists that it will go ahead despite delays. Qatar owns a string of other property assets in London, including 80% of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, Harrods and the US embassy in Grosvenor Square. Arabian Business, 22/05/2013
RISING PLASTICS EXPORTS DOMINATE SAUDI NON-OIL TRADE The value Saudi nonoil exports reached SR 13.7 billion in February, falling short of last year’s SR 15.2 billion by 10%. The monthly bulletin of the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) shows that plastics dominated exports by 35.3%, advancing by 5.9% over last year to rack up a total of SR 4.8 billion. Revenues from chemical products exports make up 31.3% of the overall nonoil exports’ return. Base metals leaped significantly over last year’s figure by 33.8%, to record SR 1.1 billion of revenue. Arab News, 15/05/2013
SABIC OPENS THERMOPLASTICS FACILITY, PPC PLANT IN JUBAIL Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has further demonstrated its national growth commitment by opening its first engineering thermoplastics compounding facility as well as a new polypropylene compounding (PPc) plant, at its manufacturing affiliate, Saudi Specialty Chemicals Company, in Jubail. These new facilities in conjunction with initiatives like the National Industrial Cluster Development Programme (NICDP) will help create jobs and act as a catalyst, generating new opportunities in downstream industries such as building and construction, automotive, electrical, healthcare and appliances. In the initial phase, the engineering thermoplastics compounding plant will produce Sabic’s lexan, cycoloy, xenoy and valox resins. These are commonly used engineering thermoplastics spanning multiple industries from consumer electronics to healthcare, from transportation to building and construction.
Saudi Gazette, 23/05/2013
GCC FOOD SECTOR
GROWTH OF THE GCC FOOD MARKET The GCC is gradually emerging as one of the world’s major food processing and re-export destinations, according to a new report. The GCC Food Industry Report bpublished by research group Alpen Capital focuses on production, import and consumption volumes of key food segments in the GCC states and their growth potential. Limited arable land and acute water shortage restrict agricultural production in the GCC, the report says. Amid rising population and insufficient domestic food production, GCC countries rely heavily on imports; in 2010, food imports in the GCC region accounted for more than 70% of its total food requirement. This over dependence on imports, together with rising global food prices, has alleviated the food security issue in the region. With limited food production capabilities, GCC governments are increasingly focusing ondeveloping long-term relations with food producing nations globally. In addition, governments are investing significantly on developing the food processing sector in the region. GCC is gradually emerging as a major food processing and re-export destination. Among GCC countries, the UAE leads the food processing sector due to its strategic location and strong logistics. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), population in the GCC region is likely to cross the 50 million-mark by 2020 from 41.7 million in 2010. It is estimated that due to factors such as population growth, the increase in foreign tourists and per capita income, food consumption will reach 49.1 million metric tonnes (MT) by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 3.1% over the period 2012-2017. To meet this increasing demand for food arising out of the growing consumption is both a challenge for the GCC governments
and an opportunity for private sector players to expand within the GCC markets. The food sector in the GCC from the perspective of listed food companies is highly consolidated with the three leading companies Almarai, Savola and Kuwait Food Company (Americana), contributing over three-quarters of total revenue. The region’s GDP is expected to reach $1.8 trillion by 2017 from $1.1 trillion in 2010. The per capita income is likely to increase to $36,839 from $27,304 during the same period.Key market trends in the region include: In-line with global trends, the region is likely to see changing consumption patterns– such as a shift to a protein-rich diet that includes meat and dairy products from a carbohydrate-based one that consists of staple food items such as cereals. Increasing urbanisation, lifestyle changes, growing popularity of large food retail outlets and the presence of multinational food companies in the region areexpected to increase the popularity of high-value processed foods amongconsumers. While there is a growing awareness and drive about healthy living, obesity ratesare high and diabetes is a concern for the region. As a consequence, demand forhealth foods which are high on energy and nutrition are expected to gain traction. This is likely to be a fast growing segment. Halal food consumption is growing at a faster pace in the GCC with the rise in income levels.
Income disparity in the UAE is the second lowest among the GCC nations, resulting in a more uniform food distribution among the population. Food production in the GCC increased steadily over the last decade. During 20042010, production in expanded at a CAGR of 0.7% to reach 11.3 million MT in 2010. Saudi Arabia dominates GCC food production with a production of 8.4 million MT of food across categories, accounting for 74.1% of the total. Excepting Saudi Arabia, all other GCC nations produced relatively lower quantities of food compared to their food consumption. Vegetables dominated the food production in the GCC among major food categories. In 2010, 2.9 million MT of vegetables were produced in the GCC, accounting for 25.3% of the total food production. Besides vegetables, the GCC also produced 2.1 million MT of milk, accounting for 19.0% share of total food production.
Dairy The dairy segment comprises milk and milk products such as: cheese, cream, spreadable fats and yogurt. Saudi Arabia is the largest producer of dairy products in the region, followed by the UAE and Oman. In 2010, Saudi Arabia produced 54.6% of its dairy product requirements locally. Oman produced 28.6% of its domestic demand, while the UAE produced 25.5%. Except Bahrain, the other two countries produce approximately 15% of their requirements. In 2010, Bahrain produced 7.6% of its dairy product requirements locally. Production of dairy products in the GCC region has, however, not increased in tandem with the growth in demand. Consequently, almost 57% of the total consumption is met through imports.
Meat The meat segment comprises red meat and poultry. Meat is an important part of the local diet. Saudi Arabia is the largest producer of meat, followed by the UAE and Kuwait. Put together, the GCC nations meet 34.9% of their total consumption from local production.
Increasing awareness among food producers and growing government support have attracted Exhibit 7: GCC food production pattern, by by food category Exhibit Exhibit 7: 7:GCC GCC food food production production pattern, pattern, byfood food category category food retailers to the organic food segment. As the most populous GCC country (65% of the total GCC population), Saudi Arabia is the largest food consumer in the region. In 2010, the Kingdom accounted for 62.0% of the total GCC food consumption, followed by UAE (20.0%), Oman (7.1%), Kuwait (5.9%), Qatar (3.7%) and Bahrain (1.3%). In terms of per capita food consumption, UAE leads the GCC with per capita food consumption of 1,486.3 kgs/year during 2010. This is primarily due to the fact that UAE has the highest inflow of tourists among all GCC nations, besides having lower income disparity.
2010 GCC food production by product category 2010 2010 GCC GCC food food production production byby product product category category Fruits, 11.3% Fruits, Fruits, 11.3% 11.3% Others, 22.4% Others, Others, 22.4% 22.4% Cereals, Cereals, Cereals, 14.1% 14.1% 14.1%
Milk,Milk, 19.0% Milk, 19.0% 19.0%
Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables, 25.3% 25.3% 25.3%
Meat, 7.9% Meat, Meat, 7.9% 7.9%
100% = 11.3 MT MTMT 100% 100% = 11.3 =million 11.3 million million
Source: FAO, Alpen Capital Source: Source: FAO, FAO, Alpen Alpen Capital Capital
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In 2010, Saudi Arabia conscious and adopt a healthy lifestyle, Fruits, similar to vegetables, are produced produced more than 0.03 million MT of fish including healthy and diet food options in Exhibit 2: Exhibit Changing 2: Changing dietary preferences dietary preferences in large quantities in Saudi Arabia. In 2010 locally. their daily routine. The market for healthy alone, the Kingdom produced 1.1 million alternatives such as meal replacement Global per capita Global food consumption per capita food MT ofconsumption fruits which includes citrus fruits, With limited fresh water resources, the Growth across Growth food categories across food in GCC categories (2004-2010) in GCC (2004-2010) 400 400 products and low-fat dairy is therefore CAGR watermelons, grapes, etc.CAGR CAGR CAGR GCC relies heavily on imports for their fish (2030-2050) (2030-2050) (1999/2001-2030) (1999/2001-2030) expected to increase, as public awareness5.64% 350 350 requirements. Meat Meat 5.64% -0.06% -0.06% -0.01% Cereals & pulses & pulses In GCC,Cereals the-0.01% domestic production accounts about healthier eating habits grows. 168 168the 300 300 171 171 for only 25.5% of the total domestic demand Cereals Cereals 5.60% 5.60% 171 171 250 250 The organic food industry has grown at a for fruit, thus relying largely on imports. brisk years with Others Others pace over the last 3.72%couple of3.72% 0.00% 0.00% 0.26% 0.26% 200 200 Roots & tubers Roots & tubers The cereals segment comprises wheat,75rice, 75 75 75 Saudi Arabia currently meets 46.8% of its increasing use of agro-chemicals and other maize and barley. Cereal production in the 150 69150 69 Fruits Fruits 3.41% domestic demand for fruits while all other harmful pesticides,3.41% together with growing 0.34% 0.34% 0.76% 0.76% Meat Meat (carcass weight) 52 52(carcass weight) GCC is very low, as cultivation is water-intensive. 47 47 100 GCC states depend on imports for over 80% consumer awareness. 37100 37 Vegetables Vegetables 1.31% 1.31% of their total domestic demand. Among Saudi Arabia 0.28% 0.28% 0.54% 0.54% 50 50 all the GCC countries, 100 100 Milk & dairy Milk & dairy 92 92 78 78 The increasing number of hypermarkets, is the largest producer of wheat, and has Milk Milk -0.33% -0.33% 0 0 supermarkets, discount stores and various remained self-sufficient 1999/01 1999/01 2030 since 1990s. 2030 2050 2050 -1.00% 0.00% 1.00% -1.00% 2.00% 0.00% 3.00% 1.00% 4.00% 2.00% 5.00% 3.00% 6.00% 4.00% 5.00% 6.00% other forms of organized retail outlets has contributed significantly to the growing Governments in the region have been However, to conserve depleting ground Source: AlpenSource: Capital,production Alpen UN Capital, demand for food, particularly processed supporting various local private agricultural water, inUN Saudi Arabia is being foods, in the GCC. projects by providing subsidies and investing decreased in a phased manner under a in agricultural developments. government directive that requires to stop Given all these dynamic trends, opportunities wheat production completely by 2016. for investment in the sector are immense They are investing in developing strategic and diverse. food storage facilities, which will help avoid Besides Saudi Arabia, all other countries in Page | 8 Page | 8 GCC Food GCC Industry Food Industry | May 01,| 2013 Maydomestic 01, 2013the situation faced during the 2008 food crisis the GCC import wheat to meet their The full report is available from Alpen when the food prices increased dramatically. demand. Although the Kingdom is currently Capital: http://www.alpencapital.com/ self-sufficient in wheat, its decision to roll downloads/GCC%20Food%20Sector%20 GCC countries are increasingly investing in back allocation of water to wheat irrigation 1%20May%202013.pdf this sector to meet the region’s basic needs. by 2016 would eventually make it a net The food processing sector is expanding importer of wheat. fastest in Saudi Arabia. According to Euromonitor, packaged food in the Kingdom was valued at $14.5 billion in 2010, and is expected to increase at a CAGR of 10.6% The segment includes vegetables like brinjal, between 2010 and 2014. tomato, pumpkin, cauliflower, cabbage, gourds, etc. Meanwhile, since 1994 the UAE government has spent more than $1.4 billion for the Vegetables are produced at a relatively large development of the country’s food processing scale in the region. Though Saudi Arabia is sector. This has helped more than 300 food the largest producer, only Kuwait is selfprocessing companies to flourish. sufficient in meeting its domestic needs.
Fruit & Vegetables
PROSPECTS POSITIVE FOR BAHRAIN ECONOMY Ongoing private sector investment, alongside committed government expenditure in key physical, social and economic infrastructure, means that the outlook for the Bahrain economy remains positive, the Kingdom’s Economic Development Board (EDB) says. The economy has continued to grow in spite of very challenging global economic conditions, and has remained on track for another year of strong economic growth. In 2012 it saw over 25 years of uninterrupted increases in real GDP which is due to the sound economic fundamentals. While certain sectors have inevitably been impacted by regional and global circumstances, the EBD says, other sectors and specific subsectors, such as manufacturing, ICT, asset management and insurance, continue to achieve sustainable expansion. The EDB estimated growth to have reached 3.9% in 2012, driven primarily by manufacturing and government spending. This growth has been driven by the non-oil sector and comes in spite of disruption to production from the Abu Sa’fa oil field, which
meant that the oil sector acted as a drag on full year GDP for 2012. Production levels are expected to normalise in 2013, and this is expected to boost economic growth to more than 5% during 2013. The national accounts data for 2012 point to a relatively consistent increase in production virtually across the non-oil economy of Bahrain. The fastest growing sectors have been hotels & restaurants, followed by social & personal services, and manufacturing. In all three areas, the year-on-year growth during the first three quarters of the year was in the double digits. The Bahrain Economic Quarterly report, which was published by the EDB in February 2013, found that the annual pace of economic growth in the first three quarters of 2012 was 3.67%, led by a strong rebound in the non-oil
sector of the economy, with overall growth for the year estimated at 3.9%. The non-oil sector of the economy is estimated to have grown by more than 6% during 2012, supported by a significant increase in lending by Bahraini retail banks as the economy rebounded from slower growth in 2011. While a fall in private sector demand and oversupply of commercial properties had slowed construction following the global financial crisis, growth has returned in the sector and government spending is projected to boost demand with fuel, construction for infrastructure, social housing and other social spending projects such as schools and hospitals. The budgeted $10 billion, ten year GCC fund is likely to be dedicated to projects such as these, in addition to already planned spending. Financial services are a significant and growing sector of Bahrain’s economy. Bahrain has a proud financial history and, with over four decades of experience, it is the longest established financial centre in the Gulf with over 400 established financial institutions registered. The financial sector in Bahrain has accounted for one third of GDP growth in the last five years and has grown rapidly in the last decade; the financial services sector currently accounts for 17% of annual GDP4 and employs over 14,600 people of which two thirds are Bahrainis. Between 2001-2010 Bahrain’s insurance market posted continual annual growth, with growth premiums increasing steadily at a compound annual growth rate of around 15%, to register BD 201.5 million in the Bahrain Insurance Market in 2010 compared to BD 58.6 million in 2001. This vigorous insurance sector has doubled in size over the last five years. In 2011, the insurance sector accounted for approximately one third of the finance sector, which is the equivalent of around a quarter of Bahrain’s GDP.
SOME NEW AND ONGOING PROJECTS l
Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP)
Alba 6th reduction line
GPIC Expansion Project
The Gulf United Steel Holding
Company (Foulath) - GIC steel plant
A/B Pipeline- Bapco
LNG Import Terminal Project
Expansion of Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Co (ASRY)
Deep Gas Exploration – Tatweer
Waste Water Treatment
Plant Project (WWTPP) – Bapco
Insulin manufacturing plant
Another significant and growing sector is aluminium production, which is Bahrain’s second major export after oil. Bahrain is home to Alba, one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters, which produces the highest-grade material and is creating significant opportunities in downstream aluminium manufacturing. Alba’s production lines are capable of producing an annual production of 870,000 metric tonnes per year, making it the biggest single-site smelter in the world. New investments in the Gulf’s aluminium industries are expected to exceed $20 billion by 2020. In the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, Bahrain scored 75.2 (out of 100) making its economy the 12th freest in the world, and the only country in MENA region to score in the top 20. The Index highlights that as one of the region’s the most diversified economies in the Gulf, Bahrain benefits from its competitive and efficient regulatory environment; competitive tax regime; a sophisticated financial sector that facilitates the free flow of capital and foreign investment; a modern communications and transportation infrastructure; a cosmopolitan outlook; and a Free Trade Agreement with the US. It argues that Bahrain’s openness to global commerce is sustained by its “competitive and efficient regulatory environment” and that “despite the challenging environment, Bahrain continues to be a financial hub for dynamic economic activity.” In 2012, Bahrain ranked as the 35th most competitive country in the world according to
the Global Competitiveness report produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF), compared to ranking 37th in 2011. Of the total workforce of over 14,300 in the financial services sector, 66% are Bahrainis, of which 37% are Bahraini women. Emphasising the strong role that the private sector has played in driving economic growth, employment in this sector rose from 340,000 to 498,000 between 2007 and 2011, a rise of almost 40%. In Q2 2012, the stock market capitalisation of the Bahrain Bourse stood at BD 6.20bn by the end of the quarter. The second quarter of 2012 witnessed an increase of 114.56% in the value of shares traded compared to Q2 2011 with a total trading value of BD 63.68mn. Furthermore, the total volume increased by 76.23%, reaching 317.22mn shares. There are 48 listed companies. It is an open market; with over a third of shares traded by volume were by non-Bahraini investors in December 2012. This report is based on a briefing by the Economic Development Board of Bahrain as distributed at a Bahrain business conference that took place in London in April 2013.
Useful Links Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) www.aluminiumbahrain.com Bahrain Bourse www.bahrainbourse.com Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) www.cbb.gov.vh Central Informatics Office (CIO) www.cio.gov.bh Economic Development Board (EDB) www.bahrainedb.com Tamkeen http://www.tamkeen.bh/en/
New Economic City in Bahrain (Start Date 2020)
Additional Compression Facility – Banagas Orta Anadolu Textile Bahrain- Expansion Expansion of Bahrain Flour Mills Co (BFM)
Bahrain Field Development Project –DPSA
Bahrain Airport Expansion (Phase I)
Airport City (Phase II)
Project to develop Bahrain part of Gulf railway line
Electricity Transmission Projects
Mina Salman Intersection
Water Transmission Projects
North Manama Bridge
Electricity & water Production Projects
Rain Water Drainage
Muharraq Sanitation Station Project
King Hamad digital library
Salman Al Fateh Street Development
Sanitary Drainage Project
ISA Sports City
Intelligent Transportation System Project
Implementation of Road Maintenance and Improvement Programme
Upgrade of King Fahad Causeway
Al Jaziar Beach Development
Al Hamala Beach Resort
Ritz Carlton 2
Novotel Al Dana Resort expansion
Plus many other projects in the tourism and leisure, residential and commercial sectors. Source: EDB Bahrain
THE GROWING OPPORTUNITY IN SAUDI HEALTHCARE
By Henry Clarke
Judging by the attendance of healthcare providers at the Arab Health trade fair in Dubai in February 2013 it is clear that there is keen interest in this Middle East sector by healthcare providers from across the world. It is an expanding area as governments in the region increasingly address the welfare needs of their populations. For those businesses yet to participate in the Middle East healthcare sector expansion, there is still time; investment in the field will be sustained, if only because of investment by the Saudi government. The Kingdom's economy and population make up approximately half that of the Gulf Cooperation Council states collectively. The Saudi population is a growing one. The current population is approximately 27 million people with migrant workers comprising about a third of that figure. In 1950 the population was 3 million people. Since 1990 the Saudi population has grown by 64%. This youthful population has its healthcare requirements; lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart related conditions are on the rise. This is on top of the Kingdom having struggled to fill its medical vacancies with its own nationals for many years. With Saudi central bank net foreign assets somewhere in the region of $626 billion and a regular annual budget surplus based on high oil prices, there is plenty of finance for healthcare projects to meet these challenges for the foreseeable future. The Saudi government intention is to expand the number of healthcare institutions. Examples of larger projects announced to date include the King Fahad Medical City Expansion and the construction of King Khaled Medical City. Both projects are worth at least $1 billion each. The female only Al Shoula hospital project is valued at over $500 million. Other projects worth hundreds of millions of US dollars include the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre expansion project; the National Centre for Neuroscience, Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Heart Centre Buildings; the university hospital for Qassim University; the Al Miqat Hospital; and the Aseer Specialisation Hospital. The 34,000 hospital bed capacity in Saudi hospitals in 2012 is intended to be expanded to 54,000
in 2016. The two years until 2015 will see the opening of 132 hospitals to meet this objective. In addition about 1,100 healthcare clinics will be completed. Foreign healthcare investment is subject to regulation and licensing under the Ministry of Health resulting in non-GCC involvement being most prominent in larger projects at present; arguably the full implications of Saudi membership of the WTO may change this position. Other ministries have a regulation role such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and some even run their own health schemes such as the Saudi Arabian National Guard, Ministry of Defence and Aviation, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Despite the plethora of government agencies involved in healthcare, key facilities in the healthcare sector are run by private sector entities. This includes hospitals, pharmacies and clinics. Issues to consider when making a foray into the Saudi healthcare market are manifold. These include legal issues, but they are not insuperable hurdles to investment and doing business. The legal issues include consideration of the nature of the legal vehicle used for the business presence in the country and for the particular project. Also important is real estate ownership issues for non-GCC entities and persons. Financing opportunities under government schemes for qualifying projects may be worth reviewing as may financing arrangements with any private equity groups or banks specializing in this sector. Medical insurance providers should take note of the requirements of the Hanbali school of Shar'ia law. Employment contracts for a variety of healthcare roles need to be prepared. Despite the burden of legal and other factors, Middle East healthcare and the Saudi sector in particular is ripe for participation by healthcare businesses currently located in and beyond the Middle East. The health requirements of its youthful population tied in with greater government awareness of its welfare role backed by oil money committed to healthcare expenditure should sustain healthcare demand for decades to come. Clyde & Co, MENA Corporate Brief, May 2013
Qatar issues new law to support health and education HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani issued Law No 6 of 2013, establishing the Health and Education Fund with a capital of QR360bn, providing a solid base for the realisation of Qatarâ€™s ambitious growth plans. The Law comprises seven chapters and 30 articles. Article 3 of the Law says the Fund shall be under the direct control of HH the Emir and its headquarters will be in Doha. It may establish offices inside and outside Qatar. The Fund aims at providing financial and sustainable resources to support the health and educational services and the institutions managing them, says Article 4. According to Article 5, the capital of the Fund shall be QR360bn to be paid from the government revenues in annual payments. The amount of each payment shall be in accordance with a decision to be issued by HH the Emir. Article 7 allows the Fund managers to establish companies, individually or with others or acquire existing companies or shares in their capital, whether in Qatar or abroad in co-ordination with the Qatar Investment Authority. The Fund may, in particular: specify the fields of support in the health and education sectors which have priority in the development plans, study and specify the rates of annual support provided to the health and education services, receive applications for support and take decisions, promote investments in the fields of health and education, co-ordinate and co-operate with the local, regional and international bodies and institutions that are related to the objectives of the Fund. The Fund can also enter into agreements, memorandums of understanding and contracts with the national, regional and international organisations operating in the field of the Fundâ€™s specialisation. Gulf Times, 23/05/2013
LAUNCH OF UK-KUWAIT BUSINESS COUNCIL London witnessed the ‘strongest’ ever UK-Kuwait gathering, as described by a member of the Kuwaiti official delegation, during the “Opportunity Kuwait Conference” held in London between 7-9 May. The event saw the launch of UK-Kuwait Business Council, which aims to enhance trade relations between the two nations, and was attended by senior British and Kuwaiti officials and businessmen. During the event, the Kuwaiti delegation explained the serious steps the Kuwaiti Government has been taking to attract foreign investment, including opening up the Kuwaiti market and facilitating doing business in the country. Trade between the UK and Kuwait was experiencing a positive upward trend. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to double bilateral trade to £4bn by 2015 when he visited Kuwait in February 2011. Exports on goods from the UK rose 17% for the first 8 months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, while the services sector posted a 13% annual increase in 2011. The mutually beneficial trade relationship will help to support ambitious plans outlined in Kuwait’s National Development Plan for a pipeline of $108bn projects to improve infrastructure such as Madinat al Hareer and Bubiyan Port. Developing the education sector is integral to releasing untapped potential and ensuring a sustainable future, particularly when it comes to nurturing the skills base needed to develop a financial services cluster. The UK is uniquely placed to be Kuwait’s partner of choice when it comes to delivering these plans and the new Kuwait University City is a significant step forward. Baroness Morris of Bolton, who was appointed to the role of UK trade envoy to Kuwait, urged British investors to get involved and pointed to the “huge opportunities that exist particularly in the building of new infrastructure projects in Kuwait”. British participants welcomed the opportunity and stressed how keen British businesses are to work in Kuwait, where the UK has historically strong trading links.
Kuwait Cabinet Affairs Minister and State Minister for Municipal Affairs, HE Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah, Commerce and Industry Minister HE Anas Al Saleh, Communications, Housing, and Transport Minister HE Salem Al Uthaina, and Kuwait Foreign Investment Bureau Chief Sheikh Mishaal Al Sabah, all took part in the event. Prominent businessman Mr Mohammed Al Shaya, Executive Chairman, M H Al Shaya Co, represented the Kuwaiti business sector. Some of the event was about dispelling misconceptions and encouraging UK businesses to come to Kuwait; Mohammed Al Shaya said, “our company employs 1600 UK nationals, we turn over $4 billion per year, who says multi-national companies can’t be run from Kuwait!” Alistair Burt MP, FCO Minister for Middle East and North Africa, Lord Marland, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, HE Frank Baker, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kuwait, and other senior officials represented the British Government. FCO Minister Burt said, “Kuwait’s National Development Plan can help the UK reach its target of doubling bilateral trade by 2015.” Simon Linnett, Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild, stated, “I am impressed by the vibrancy, the youth and vitality of Kuwait.” The UK-Kuwait Business Council will be chaired by Lord Marland from the UK and Mohammed Al Shaya from Kuwait. The Council aims to boost bilateral trade and investment relations. It will also seek to remove obstacles that hinder a swift exchange of investment between the two countries.
Kuwait Projects Some of the major new and ongoing projects in Kuwait include the Al-Zour oil refinery estimated at costing $15bn; the $7bn North oil fields; the $8.4bn Al-Zour power station; the $2.2bn Subbiya power station; the 37kn
Jaber Causeway linking Subbiya city with the Bubyan Islands; new hospitals; a new airport terminal; a new campus for Kuwait University; Bubyan Island commercial port; the 20-year Silk City project; a 165km rail network, and the Failaka Island tourism development project. Kuwait’s non-oil economy picked up in 2012 and is expected to maintain robust growth through 2013, the National Bank of Kuwait said in a recent report on the country’s economy. “Non-oil GDP expected to grow at 5% in 2013, after weak growth in earlier years,” the NBK said. “We expect growth to have picked-up somewhat in 2012, thanks partly to strong growth in the consumer sector; and our forecast for non-oil growth of 5% in 2013 remains unchanged. But faster implementation of government capital spending projects and a more aggressive approach to economic reforms are needed to put Kuwait’s economy on a permanently higher growth path.” Sources: HM Government, 10/05/2013; Emirates 24/7
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ﺍﻟﺩﻛﺗﻭﺭﺓ ﺃﻓﻧﺎﻥ ﺍﻟ ُ ﺷﻌﻳﺑﻲ ،ﺍﻷﻣﻳﻥ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻡ ﻭﺍﻟﺭﺋﻳﺱ ﺍﻟﺗﻧﻔﻳﺫﻱ ﻟﻐﺭﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺗﺟﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺭﺑﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺑﺭﻳﻁﺎﻧﻳﺔ ﺗﺗﻭﺳﻁ ﻣﺟﻣﻭﻋﺔ ﺍﻟﻭﻓﺩ ﺍﻟﻘﻁﺭﻱ ﺍﻟﺫﻱ ﺯﺍﺭ ﺍﻟﻐﺭﻓﺔ
ﺍﺳﺘﻈﺎﻓﺖ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ 26ﻣﻦ ﺷﻬﺮ ﺁﺫﺍﺭ )ﻣﺎﺭﺱ( ﻭﻓﺪ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺸﺒﺎﺏ )ﺳﻴﺪﺍﺕ ﻭﺭﺟﺎﻝ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻝ( ﻣﻦ ﻗﻄﺮ .ﻭﺿﻢ ﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﻣﻦ 30 ﺷﺨﺼﻴﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺸﺒﺎﺏ ﻣﺴﺆﻭﻟﻴﻦ ﺇﺩﺍﺭﻳﻴﻦ ﻭﺗﻨﻔﻴﺬﻳﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ ﻋﺪﺩ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺆﺳﺴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﺋﺪﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺩﻭﻟﺔ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻭﻣﻦ ﻣﺨﺘﻠﻒ ﻗﻄﺎﻋﺎﺕ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩ ،ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﺿﻤﻦ ﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﻋﺪﺩ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻷﻛﺎﺩﻳﻤﻴﻴﻦ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻣﻠﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﻠﻴﻢ .ﻭﺗﻤﺖ ﺍﺳﺘﺘﻀﺎﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﻣﻦ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻓﻨﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ،ﺍﻷﻣﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻡ ﻭﺍﻟﺮﺋﻴﺲ ﺍﻟﺘﻨﻔﻴﺬﻱ ﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ،ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻗﺎﺩﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﺎﻗﺸﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻭﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻣﺤﺎﻭﺭﻫﺎ ﺗﺘﻤﺮﻛﺰ ﺣﻮﻝ ﺍﺳﺘﻜﺸﺎﻑ ﺇﻣﻜﺎﻧﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺠﺎﻧﺐ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻲ ﻭﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﻭﺛﻴﻖ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﺗﻌﺰﻳﺰ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻗﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﻏﻴﺮﻫﺎ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺩﻭﻟﺔ ﻗﻄﺮ. ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﻭﻓﺪ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻳﺰﻭﺭ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﻟﻼﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻣﻊ ﻣﺴﺆﻭﻟﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺑﻌﺾ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺳﺴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﺮﻭﻓﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺑﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺎ ﻟﻠﺘﻌﺮﻑ ﻋﻦ ﻛﺜﺐ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻄﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻣﺜﻞ ﻟﻠﻘﻴﺎﻡ ﺑﺎﻷﻧﺸﻄﺔ ﻭﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ،ﻭﻛﺬﻟﻚ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﺍﻛﺘﺴﺎﺏ ﺍﻟﺨﺒﺮﺓ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﻣﺒﺎﺷﺮ ،ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻌﺮﻑ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻛﻴﻔﻴﺔ ﻋﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻲ .ﻭﻗﺪ ﺗ ّﻢ ﺍﺧﺘﻴﺎﺭ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﻛﻮﺟﻬﺔ ﻟﺰﻳﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﺑﺴﺒﺐ ﻣﻜﺎﻧﺘﻬﺎ ﻛﻤﺪﻳﻨﺔ ﻋﺎﻟﻤﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﺪﻭﻟﻲ .ﻭﺿﻢ ﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﻣﻤﺜﻠﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺑﻌﺾ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺮﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻜﺒﺮﻯ ﻣﺜﻞ ﺷﺮﻛﺔ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻟﻠﺒﺘﺮﻭﻝ ،ﻭﺷﺮﻛﺔ ﻏﺎﺯ ﻗﻄﺮ ،ﻭﺷﺮﻛﺔ ﺭﺍﺱ ﻏﺎﺯ ،ﻭﺷﺮﻛﺔ ﻛﻴﻮﺗﻞ ،ﻭﺷﺮﻛﺔ ﺗﻜﻨﻮﻟﻮﺟﻴﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻠﻮﻣﺎﺕ ﻭﺍﻻﺗﺼﺎﻻﺕ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻄﺮ ،ﻭﺟﺎﻣﻌﺔ ﻗﻄﺮ ،ﻭﻣﺆﺳﺴﺔ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻟﻠﻌﻠﻮﻡ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻜﻨﻮﻟﻮﺟﻴﺎ ،ﻭﻣﺼﺮﻑ ﻗﻄﺮ ﺍﻟﻤﺮﻛﺰﻱ ،ﻭﻣﺮﻛﺰ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻟﻠﻘﺎﺩﺓ. ﺃﻟﻘﻰ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ،ﻣﺪﻳﺮ ﻗﺴﻢ ﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ،ﻋﺮﺿﺎ ً ﻣﺨﺘﺼﺮﺍً ﺣﻮﻝ ﻣﺎﻫﻴﺔ ﻋﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻘﺪﻣﻬﺎ ﻷﻋﻀﺎﺋﻬﺎ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺏ ﻭﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﻴﻦ ﻭﺍﻷﺟﺎﻧﺐ .ﻭﺗﺤﺪﺙ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ﻋﻦ ﻣﺠﻤﻮﻋﺔ ﻭﺍﺳﻌﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻳﻤﻜﻦ ﻟﻠﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﻭﺭﺟﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺮﻳﻴﻦ ﺍﻻﺳﺘﻔﺎﺩﺓ ﻣﻨﻬﺎ ،ﻭﻗﺪﻡ ﻟﻠﻮﻓﺪ ﺃﺣﺪﺙ ﺍﻹﺣﺼﺎءﺍﺕ ﺑﺸﺄﻥ ﺣﺠﻢ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺜﻨﺎﺋﻴﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﺪﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ،ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺃﻅﻬﺮﺕ ﺃﻫﻤﻴﺔ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻛﺄﺣﺪ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻷﺳﺎﺳﻴﺔ ﻟﻠﺴﻠﻊ ﻭﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ،ﻭﻛﺬﻟﻚ ﺗﺼﺪﺭ ﺻﺎﺩﺭﺍﺕ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻟﻠﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻣﺮﺗﺒﺔ ﻣﺘﻘﺪﻣﺔ ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﺯﺩﻳﺎﺩ ﻣﺘﻮﺍﺻﻞ ﺑﻤﺎ ﻳﺸﻴﺮ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﺤﺎﺟﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻌﺎﻅﻤﺔ ﻹﻣﺪﺍﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻐﺎﺯ ﺍﻟﻄﺒﻴﻌﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺎﻝ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﺳﺪ ﺍﺣﺘﻴﺎﺟﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻄﺎﻗﺔ. ﻭﺗﻨﺎﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻤﺠﺘﻤﻌﻮﻥ ﺃﻁﺮﺍﻑ ﺍﻟﻨﻘﺎﺵ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺪﻳﺪ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻘﻀﺎﻳﺎ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻤﺮﻛﺰﺕ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻫﻤﻴﺔ ﻭﺿﺮﻭﺭﺓ ﺗﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﻣﺼﺎﺩﺭ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻠﻮﻣﺎﺕ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﻣﻮﺍﺟﻬﺔ ﻣﺤﺎﻭﻻﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺸﻮﻳﻪ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻣﻤﻜﻦ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺘﻌﺮﺽ ﻟﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﺒﻼﺩ ﻓﻲ ﻭﺳﺎﺋﻞ ﺍﻹﻋﻼﻡ ،ﻭﻣﺎ ﻫﻲ ﺍﻟﻄﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻧﺠﻊ ﻛﻲ ﺗﺘﻤﻜﻦ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻣﻦ ﺟﺬﺏ ﺍﻟﻤﺰﻳﺪ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﺜﻤﺮﻳﻦ ﻭﺍﻟﺰﻭﺍﺭ، ﻭﻣﺎ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻳﻤﻜﻦ ﻋﻤﻠﻪ ﻟﺘﺸﺠﻴﻊ ﺍﻟﻤﺰﻳﺪ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺚ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﻔﺮﺹ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺎﺣﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻄﺮ .ﻭﺃﺛﻴﺮ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻣﺘﻄﻠﺒﺎﺕ ﺗﺄﺳﻴﺲ ﺷﺮﻛﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ،ﻭﻛﺬﻟﻚ ﺇﻣﻜﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺗﻨﻈﻴﻢ ﻭﻓﻮﺩ ﺗﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺑﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻗﻄﺮ. ﻭﺃﻛﺪﺕ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﺗﺤﺮﺹ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﻣﻊ ﻗﻄﺮ ﻭﺗﻌﺰﻳﺰ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻗﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺜﻨﺎﺋﻴﺔ .ﻭﻗﺪ ﺍﺗﺎﺡ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻓﺮﺻﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺮﻑ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺩﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻄﺮ ،ﻭﺍﻟﺪﻭﺭ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻣﻤﻜﻦ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻘﻮﻡ ﺑﻪ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻄﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺗﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ .،ﻭﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺠﻮﺍﻧﺐ ﻣﻦ ﺿﻤﻦ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺣﻈﻴﺖ ﺑﺎﻫﺘﻤﺎﻡ ﺧﺎﺹ ﺧﻼﻝ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﺑﺎﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺮﻱ .ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﺿﻤﻦ ﺑﺮﻧﺎﻣﺞ ﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﺍﺛﻨﺎء ﺗﻮﺍﺟﺪﻫﻢ ﻓﻲ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﺯﻳﺎﺭﺗﻬﻢ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻣﺠﻠﺲ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻲ ﻭﺑﻌﺾ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺍﻗﻊ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺆﺳﺴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺮﺋﻴﺴﻴﺔ ﺍﻷﺧﺮﻯ.
ﻭﻳﺴﻌﻰ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻜﻮﻥ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻭﻟﻮﻳﺎﺗﻪ ﺃﻳﻀﺎ ً ﺗﻌﺰﻳﺰ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮ ﺍﻟﺸﺎﻣﻞ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﺪﺍﻡ ﻟﺸﺮﺍﺋﺢ ﺍﻟﻨﺴﺎء ﻭﺍﻟﺸﺒﺎﺏ ﻭﺗﻮﻓﻴﺮ ﺍﻟﻔﺮﺹ ﺍﻟﻼﺯﻣﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺸﺠﻌﺔ ﻟﻠﺸﺒﺎﺏ ﻭﺍﻟﻨﺴﺎء ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻻﻧﺨﺮﺍﻁ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﻧﺸﻄﺔ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻳﺔ ﺍﻹﻧﺘﺎﺟﻴﺔ ﺧﺎﺻﺔ. ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺃﺣﺪ ﺃﻫﺪﺍﻑ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﻫﻮ ﺍﻟﺪﻋﻮﺓ ﻟﻸﺷﺨﺎﺹ ﻭﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺬﻳﻦ ﻳﺴﻌﻮﻥ ﻟﻠﺤﺼﻮﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺩﻋﻢ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺮﻑ، ﻭﻳﻤﻜﻨﻬﻢ ﺍﻻﺗﺼﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﺣﺪ ﻣﻜﺎﺗﺐ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺍﺟﺪﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺑﻠﺪﺍﻧﻬﻢ .ﻭﺷﺪﺩ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺳﻴﺤﺘﻔﻆ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻛﻮﻥ ﻣﺴﺎﻫﻤﺘﻪ ﺑﻨﺴﺒﺔ ﺍﻷﻗﻞ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻷﺻﻐﺮ ﻓﻲ ﺃﻱ ﻣﺸﺮﻭﻉ ،ﻭﻳﻌﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻜﻮﻥ ﺩﻋﻤﻪ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﻟﻲ ﻷﻱ ﻣﺸﺮﻭﻉ ﻳﻌﺘﻤﺪ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﺃﺳﺎﺱ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻮﻯ ﺍﻟﻔﻌﻠﻲ ﻟﻠﻤﺸﺮﻭﻉ ﻭﻳﻌﺘﻤﺪ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻧﻮﻉ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺮﻭﻉ ،ﻭﻓﻲ ﺃﻱ ﻗﻄﺎﻉ ﺳﻴﻜﻮﻥ ،ﻭﻣﻦ ﻫﻢ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻮﻟﻴﻦ ﻭﺍﻟﺮﻋﺎﺓ ﺍﻵﺧﺮﻭﻥ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺮﻭﻉ.
ﻭﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﺗﻮ ﻛﺎﻳﺘﺮﻭﻧﻔﻮ ) Mr Alberto ،(Castronovoﻣﻤﺜﻞ ﺍﻟﺘﻤﻮﻳﻞ ﻣﺘﻌﺪﺩ ﺍﻷﻁﺮﺍﻑ ﻣﻊ ﺑﻨﻚ ) Società ،(Italiana per le Imprese all'Estero-SIMESTﻭﻭﺻﻒ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻛﺎﻳﺘﺮﻭﻧﻔﻮ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﺑﺄﻧﻬﺎ "ﻣﺒﺎﺩﺭﺓ ﺑﻌﻴﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﻨﻈﺮ" ﺑﺎﻋﺘﺒﺎﺭﻫﺎ ﺗﺄﺧﺬ ﺑﻈﺮ ﺍﻻﻫﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﺮﺑﻂ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ،ﻭﻣﺎ ﻳﻤﻜﻦ ﻟﻬﺎﺫﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻌﻤﻼ ﺳﻮﻳﺔ ﻭﻣﺎ ﻳﻤﻜﻦ ﺃﺣﺪﻫﻢ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻘﺪﻡ ﻟﻶﺧﺮ. ﻭﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻛﺎﻳﺘﺮﻭﻧﻔﻮ ،ﺑﺄﻧﻪ ﻗﺪ ﺣﻀﺮ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﻧﻴﺎﺑﺔ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻓﻴﻨﺘﺸﻨﺰﻭ ﺑﻴﺘﺮﻭﻥ ،ﺭﺋﻴﺲ ﻣﺆﺳﺴﺔ ) ،(SIMESTﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺘﻤﻜﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺤﻀﻮﺭ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻥ SIMESTﺭﻛﺰﺕ ﻋﻤﻠﻬﺎ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺩﻋﻢ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻄﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ،ﺧﺎﺻﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﺴﻌﻰ ﻟﺰﻳﺎﺩﺓ ﺻﺎﺩﺭﺍﺗﻬﺎ ﺃﻭ ﺗﻮﺳﻴﻊ ﺃﻧﺸﻄﺔ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻟﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺭﺝ. ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺳﺴﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﻟﻴﺔ ،ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﺮﺟﻊ ﻣﻠﻜﻴﺘﻬﺎ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﻣﺸﺘﺮﻙ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻘﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ،ﺳﺒﻖ ﻭﺃﻥ ﻗﺪﻣﺖ ﺍﻟﺪﻋﻢ ﻟﻤﺸﺎﺭﻳﻊ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻓﻲ ﺟﻤﻴﻊ ﻣﺮﺍﺣﻞ ﺍﻟﺘﻨﻤﻴﺔ ،ﻭﺗﻌﻤﻞ ﺑﺎﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻣﻊ ﻣﺆﺳﺴﺎﺕ ﻣﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﺃﺧﺮﻯ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺳﺒﻴﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﺜﺎﻝ ﻣﻊ ﻣﺆﺳﺴﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻮﻧﺎﺕ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻴﺔ ) (EuropeAidﻓﻲ ﻣﺸﺮﻭﻋﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻤﻮﻳﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ .ﻭﺃﻭﺿﺢ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺳﺴﺔ ﺗﻤﻜﻨﺖ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺤﺼﻮﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺼﻞ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻧﺴﺒﺔ %49ﻣﻦ ﺭﺃﺱ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﻝ ﺷﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺃﺟﻨﺒﻴﺔ ﻟﺪﻋﻢ ﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻷﺟﻨﺒﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺒﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺧﺎﺭﺝ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ .ﻭﺫﻛﺮ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﺆﺳﺴﺔ SIMESTﺳﻮﻑ ﺗﻘﻮﻡ ﻓﺐ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻘﺒﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺩﻋﻢ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻄﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ﻻﺳﻴﻤﺎ ﺗﻠﻚ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻤﺘﻠﻚ ﺇﻣﻜﺎﻧﺎﺕ ﻭﺍﻋﺪﺓ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﺤﻘﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮ ﻭﺍﻻﺯﺩﻫﺎﺭ.
ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺠﻠﺴﺔ ﺍﻟﺜﺎﻧﻴﺔ ،ﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ) (Nick Archerﻣﻦ ﻫﻴﺌﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ) ،(UKTIﻭﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺗﺤﺪﺙ ﻋﻦ ﻣﻮﺿﻮﻉ "ﺇﻧﺸﺎء ﺇﻁﺎﺭ ﻟﻠﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻭﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ" ،ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺛﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺠﻠﺴﺔ .ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺒﺪﺍﻳﺔ، ﺭﺣﺐ ﺑﻔﻜﺮﺓ ﻋﻘﺪ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﻻﺳﻴﻤﺎ ﻭﻫﻲ ﺗﻌﻨﻰ ﺑﺎﺳﺘﻜﺸﺎﻑ ﺇﻣﻜﺎﻧﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ﻣﻊ ﺩﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﺍﻟﺜﺎﻟﺚ ،ﻭﻫﻮ ﻣﺎ ﻭﺻﻔﻪ "ﺑﺜﻼﺛﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ" .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺗﻌﺘﻤﺪ ﺍﻵﻥ ﻣﺒﺪﺃ "ﺍﻟﺘﻜﺎﻣﻞ" ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺎﺳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺷﺄﻧﻬﺎ ﺗﺤﺪﻳﺪ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺒﺎﺩﻝ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﻔﻌﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺑﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺎ ﻭﺍﻟﺪﻭﻝ ﺍﻷﺧﺮﻯ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ﺍﻧﻪ ﻳﻌﺘﻘﺪ ﺃﻥ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ﺳﺘﻜﻮﻥ ﺃﺭﺿﺎ ً ﺧﺼﺒﺔ ﻟﻬﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﻨﻮﻉ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ ،ﻭﺍﺳﺘﺸﻬﺪ ﺑﺒﻌﺾ ﺍﻷﻣﺜﻠﺔ ﻟﻠﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻣﻊ ﺗﺮﻛﻴﺎ ﻭﺗﺤﺪﺙ ﻓﻴﻤﺎ ﺑﻌﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻣﺎﺭﺷﻴﻠﻮ ﺳﺎﻻ ) ،(Mr Marcello Salaﻧﺎﺋﺐ ﺍﻟﺮﺋﻴﺲ ﺍﻟﺘﻨﻔﻴﺬﻱ ﻓﻲ ﺑﻨﻚ ﺍﻧﺘﻴﺴﺎ ﺳﺎﻥ ﺑﺎﻭﻟﻮ )،(Intesa Sanpaolo ﻭﺍﻟﺒﺮﺗﻐﺎﻝ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻴﻦ. ﺑﺎﻟﺘﻔﺼﻴﻞ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ﻭﺗﺤﺪﺙ ﻭﻓﻲ ﻛﻠﻤﺘﻪ ﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ،ﺍﻟﻤﺪﻳﺮ ﺍﻹﺳﺘﺮﺍﺗﻴﺠﻲ ﻟﻤﺠﻤﻮﻋﺔ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﻜﻴﻔﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻳﻤﻜﻦ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺴﺪﻳﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﺜﻤﺮﻳﻦ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻴﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺠﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻓﻲ ﻫﻴﺌﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ،ﻭﺍﺻﻔﺎ ً ﻫﻴﺌﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ .ﻭﺷﺮﺡ ﺭﺍﻧﺘﻴﺴﺎ ﺳﺎﻥ ﺑﺎﻭﻟﻮ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺣﻴﺚ ﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﻧﺔ ﺃﺣﺪ "ﻛﺸﺮﻳﻚ ﻗﻮﻱ ﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ" ،ﻭﺭﺣﺐ ﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻮﻙ ﺍﻹﻗﺮﺍﺽ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﺋﺪﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ،ﻳﻌﻤﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺩﻋﻢ ﺍﻟﺼﺎﺩﺭﺍﺕ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ﺑﺎﻟﺤﻀﻮﺭ ﻭﺍﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﺍﻟﺰﺍﺋﺮ. ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ،ﻭﻣﻌﺮﻭﻑ ﺑﺄﻓﻀﻞ ﺍﻟﺨﺒﺮﺍﺕ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻳﻨﺸﻂ ﻭﻳﻌﺘﻘﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ﺃﻥ ﻫﻨﺎﻙ ﺍﻟﻜﺜﻴﺮ ﻣﻦ ﻣﺠﺎﻻﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻮﺳﻴﻊ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻓﻴﻬﺎ .ﻭﺫﻛﺮ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﻋﺎﻡ ﺗﺘﻤﻴﺰ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ﺑﺸﺄﻥ ﻣﺸﺎﺭﻳﻊ ﻓﻲ ﺟﻤﻴﻊ ﺃﻧﺤﺎء ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺑﻜﻮﻧﻬﺎ ﻏﻨﻴﺔ ﺑﺎﻟﻨﻔﻂ ﻭﻫﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺪﺭ ﻟﻠﻨﻔﻂ ﻭﻟﺪﻳﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻔﻮﺍﺋﺾ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻀﺨﻤﺔ ،ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻮﻗﺖ ﺫﺍﺗﻪ ﺗﺤﺘﺎﺝ ﺍﻟﺒﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻮﺭﺩﺓ ﻟﻠﻨﻔﻂ ﺧﺎﺻﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺇﺳﺘﺮﺍﺗﻴﺠﻴﺔ "ﺍﻟﻤﺰﺝ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﺪﺑﻠﻮﻣﺎﺳﻴﺔ ﺃﻭﺭﻭﺑﺎ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺟﻠﺐ ﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭﺍﺕ ﻭﺭﺅﻭﺱ ﺍﻷﻣﻮﺍﻝ ﺍﻷﺟﻨﺒﻴﺔ .ﻭﺃﺿﺎﻑ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻭﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ" ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻨﺘﻬﺠﻬﺎ ﻫﻴﺌﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﺤﺎﺟﺔ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺟﻠﺐ ﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭﺍﺕ ﺗﺴﺘﻨﺪ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻫﺪﻑ ﻣﻄﻠﻮﺏ ﻟﺪﻯ ﺍﻟﺠﻤﻴﻊ ً ً ﻗﺪ ﺣﻘﻘﺖ ﻧﺠﺎﺣﺎ ﻛﺒﻴﺮﺍ ﻧﺘﻴﺠﺔ ﺍﻻﻫﺘﻤﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺗﻮﻟﻴﻪ ﻟﻠﻤﻮﺍﻫﺐ ﻳﺘﻤﺜﻞ ﻓﻲ ﺗﺤﻘﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﻘﺮﺍﺭ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻱ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻤﺪﻯ ﺍﻟﻄﻮﻳﻞ. ﻋﻤﻞ" "ﻧﻤﻮﺫﺝ ﻳﻜﻮﻥ ﺃﻥ ﻭﺻﻔﻪ ﻣﺎ ﻭﻫﻮ . ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺎﻉ ﻭﺍﻟﺨﺒﺮﺍﺕ ﻓﻲ ﻭﻳﺮﻯ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻣﺎﺭﺷﻴﻠﻮ ﺳﺎﻻ ﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺷﺮﻳﻚ ﺇﺳﺘﺮﺍﺗﻴﺠﻲ ﻟﻼﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺣﺬﻭﻩ. ﻳﺤﺬﻭ ﻟﻶﺧﺮﻳﻦ ﻟﻜﻲ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ،ﻭﺃﺣﺪ ﺃﻫﻢ ﺍﻻﺗﺠﺎﻫﺎﺕ ﻟﻠﺼﺎﺩﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻴﺔ. ﻭﻳﻌﺘﻘﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺳﺎﻻ ﺃﻥ ﻫﻨﺎﻙ ﺇﻣﻜﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺣﻘﻴﻘﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺗﻄﻮﻳﺮ ﻣﺸﺎﺭﻳﻊ ﻣﺸﺘﺮﻛﺔ ﻛﺸﺮﻛﺎء ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻭﺩﻭﻝ ﻣﺠﻠﺲ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﺨﻠﻴﺠﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺩﻭﻝ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻻﺗﺰﺍﻝ ﺗﺘﺼﺪﺭ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺠﺎﻻﺕ ﺍﻻﺑﺘﻜﺎﺭ ﻭﺍﻻﺧﺘﺮﺍﻉ ،ﻭﺩﻭﻝ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﻨﺤﻮ ﻳﻤﻜﻨﻬﺎ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺴﺎﻫﻢ ﻣﺴﺎﻫﻤﺔ ﺇﻳﺠﺎﺑﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﺎء ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺳﺴﺎﺗﻲ ﻟﻠﺪﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﻣﻴﺔ ﻭﺗﻘﺪﻳﻢ ﺍﻟﺪﻋﻢ ﻟﻠﻘﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻨﺎﻣﻲ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻧﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺣﻴﻦ ﻳﻮﺍﺟﻪ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻣﻨﺎﻓﺴﺔ ﻗﻮﻳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﻄﻘﺔ ،ﻻﻳﺰﺍﻝ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻳﻤﺘﻠﻚ ﻣﻴﺰﺓ ﻗﻮﻳﺔ ﺗﻤﻴﺰﻩ ﻋﻦ ﻏﻴﺮﻩ ﻛﻮﻧﻪ ﺍﻷﻗﺮﺏ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ .ﻭﻓﻲ ﺧﺘﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﻤﻼﺣﻈﺎﺕ ،ﺃﻋﺮﺏ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻟﻴﻮﻧﺎﺭﺩﻭ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﻴﻠﻠﻲ ﺳﺎﻧﺘﻲ ) Mr Leonardo ،(Simonelli Santiﺭﺋﻴﺲ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ،ﻋﻦ ﺳﻌﺎﺩﺗﻪ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻧﺘﺎﺋﺞ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻧﺎﺟﺤﺔ ﻭﺃﻋﺮﺏ ﻋﻦ ﺃﻣﻠﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺸﺠﻊ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻘﺒﻠﻲ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺘﻴﻦ. ﺃﺷﺎﺭ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺳﺎﻧﺘﻲ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻋﻘﺪ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻓﻲ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﻳﻌﺒﺮ ﻋﻦ ﻣﺪﻯ ﺍﻫﻤﻴﺘﻪ ﻳﺬﻛﺮ ﺃﻥ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﺗﻤﺜﻞ ﺫﻟﻚ ﻛﻮﻥ ﻣﺪﻳﻨﺔ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﺗﻤﺜﻞ ﻣﺮﻛﺰﺍً ﻣﺎﻟﻴﺎ ً ﻋﺎﻟﻤﻴﺎً ،ﻭﻫﻲ ﻣﻮﻁﻦ ﻟﻜﺜﻴﺮ ﻣﻦ ﻣﺠﻤﻮﻋﺔ ﺭﺟﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﺑﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺎ ،ﻭﺗﻌﺪ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﻭﺍﺣﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻜﺒﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻌﺮﻭﻓﺔ .ﻭﺃﻋﺮﺏ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻋﺘﻘﺎﺩﻩ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﺳﺦ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻗﺪﻡ 75ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺗﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺭﺝ ،ﻭﻟﺪﻳﻬﺎ ﻣﻜﺎﺗﺐ ﻓﻲ ﻛﻞ ﺍﻟﻘﻮﺓ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻳﺔ ﻟﻜﻞ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ﺗﻌﺘﺒﺮ ﻣﻜﻤﻠﺔ ﻟﺒﻌﻀﻬﻤﺎ، ﻣﺪﻳﻨﺔ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﻭﻣﺎﻧﺸﺴﺘﺮ ﻭﻏﻼﺳﻜﻮ. ﻭﻫﻲ ﺗﺸﻜﻞ ﺃﺭﺿﻴﺔ ﺻﻠﺪﺓ ﻭﺃﺳﺎ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ.
ﻭﺫﻛﺮﺕ ﺳﻌﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﺼﺮ ﺗﻌﺘﺒﺮ ﺳﻮﻗﺎ ً ﺭﺋﻴﺴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ،ﻭﻳﺠﺮﻱ ﺗﻌﺰﻳﺰ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻗﺎﺕ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻭﻣﺼﺮ ،ﻭﻫﻲ ﺗﻌﺘﺒﺮ ﺃﺣﺪ ﺃﻫﻢ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎء ﻓﻲ ﺍﺗﻔﺎﻗﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﻣﺘﻮﺳﻄﻴﺔ .ﻭﺳﻠﻄﺖ ﺍﻟﻀﻮء ﻋﻠﻰ ﻧﺠﺎﺡ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺷﻬﺪﻩ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻓﻲ ﻟﻴﺒﻴﺎ ،ﻭﻫﻮ ﺍﻟﻨﺸﺎﻁ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺍﻗﺎﻣﺘﻪ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺑﺎﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﻣﻊ ﻫﻴﺌﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ .ﻭﻛﺎﻥ ﻋﺪﺩ ﺍﻟﺤﻀﻮﺭ ﻭﺍﻻﻫﺘﻤﺎﻡ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﺤﺪﺙ ﻳﻌﻜﺲ ﻣﺪﻯ ﺍﻫﺘﻤﺎﻡ ﺭﺟﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻭﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺤﺼﻮﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻓﺮﺹ ﻣﻦ ﺇﻣﻜﺎﻧﺎﺕ ﺳﻮﻕ ﻟﻴﺒﻴﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﻬﻢ ﻭﻫﻮ ﺍﻟﺒﻠﺪ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻳﺸﻬﺪ ﺍﺳﺘﻘﺮﺭﺍً ﻣﺘﺰﺍﻳﺪﺍً ﻳﻮﻣﺎ ً ﺑﻌﺪ ﺁﺧﺮ. ﻭﺃﺷﺎﺭﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻳﻮﺍﺟﻪ ﻣﻨﺎﻓﺴﺔ ﻣﺘﺰﺍﻳﺪﺓ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺇﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ﻭﺫﻟﻚ ﻣﻦ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﻣﺜﻞ ﺍﻟﺼﻴﻦ ﻭﺭﻭﺳﻴﺎ ،ﻭﺃﺿﺎﻓﺖ ﺑﺄﻧﻪ ﺳﻴﺘﻌﻴﻦ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺩﻭﻝ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺒﺬﻝ ﺟﻬﻮﺩﺍً ﺃﻛﺒﺮ ﻭﺑﺠﺪﻳﺔ ﺃﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﺗﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﺟﺎﺫﺑﻴﺘﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﻣﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ .ﻭﻗﺎﻟﺖ ﺃﻥ ﻫﻨﺎﻙ ﻣﺼﻠﺤﺔ ﻣﺸﺘﺮﻛﺔ ﺃﻥ ﺗﻌﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ﺳﻮﻳﺔ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺴﺘﻮﻯ ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﻲ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﺨﺼﻮﺹ ﻭﻛﺬﻟﻚ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺴﺘﻮﻯ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻑ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ. ﻣﺘﺤﺪﺛﺎ ً ﺑﺎﻟﻨﻴﺎﺑﺔ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ،ﻗﺎﻝ ﻣﺪﻳﺮ ﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ،ﺃﻥ ﺍﻻﻧﺘﻌﺎﺵ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻱ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻲ ﺍﻟﻴﻮﻡ ﻳﺠﺮﻱ ﺑﻘﻴﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺷﺌﺔ ﻭﻫﻲ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻷﻛﺜﺮ ﺩﻳﻨﺎﻣﻴﻜﻴﺔ ،ﻭﻣﺜﻞ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺗﻬﻴﺊ ﺩﻓﻌﺔ ﻣﺤﺮﻛﺔ ﻟﺪﻓﻊ ﻋﻤﻠﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻱ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺟﺪﻳﺪ ﻻﺳﻴﻤﺎ ﻭﺇﻥ ﺗﺄﺛﻴﺮ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺃﺻﺒﺢ ﺟﻠﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻷﻛﺜﺮ ﺗﻘﺪﻣﺎً. ﻭﺃﻟﻘﻰ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ ﻧﻴﺎﺑﺔ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺃﻋﺮﺑﺖ ﺑﻬﺎ ﺗﺮﺣﻴﺒﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﺤﺎﺭ ﺑﺎﻟﺤﻀﻮﺭ ﻭﺍﻟﻀﻴﻮﻑ ،ﻭﻗﺎﻟﺖ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﺻﻤﻤﺖ ﺧﺼﻴﺼﺎ ﻟﻠﻨﻈﺮ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻔﺮﺹ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻨﺸﺄ ﻣﻦ ﺧﻼﻝ ﺗﻮﺛﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﻭﻣﻮﺍﺻﻠﺔ ﺗﺤﺴﻦ ﺍﻷﻭﺿﺎﻉ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻲ .ﻭﺃﺷﺎﺭﺕ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﺳﺘﻠﻘﻲ ﺍﻟﻀﻮء ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻹﻣﻜﺎﻧﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﻓﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻔﺮﺹ ﺍﻟﺠﺎﺫﺑﺔ ﻟﻠﻤﺴﺘﺜﻤﺮﻳﻦ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻤﺪﻯ ﺍﻟﻄﻮﻳﻞ ﻭﺇﻗﺎﻣﺔ ﻣﺸﺮﻭﻋﺎﺕ ﻣﺸﺘﺮﻛﺔ ﺟﺪﻳﺪﺓ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻭﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﺘﺤﺪﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻮﺍﺟﻪ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻹﻗﻠﻴﻤﻴﺔ ﺗﻮﻓﺮ ﺑﺤﺪ ﺫﺍﺗﻬﺎ ﻓﺮﺻﺔ ﻹﻋﺎﺩﺓ ﺗﻨﺸﻴﻂ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻗﺎﺕ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻳﺔ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻻﻗﺎﺻﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺷﺌﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ،ﻭﺃﻥ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻻﺗﺠﺎﻩ ﻳﺴﺎﻋﺪ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﻌﺰﻳﺰ ﺍﻟﺠﻬﻮﺩ ﺍﻟﺮﺍﻣﻴﺔ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺗﻄﻮﻳﺮ ﺷﺮﺍﻛﺔ ﺃﻭﺛﻖ ﺑﻴﻦ ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻳﺪﺭﻙ ﺟﻴﺪﺍً ﺑﺄﻥ ﻟﻠﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻄﺔ ﺩﻭﺭﺍً ﻫﺎﻣﺎ ً ﺗﺆﺩﻳﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺧﻠﻖ ﻓﺮﺹ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ،ﻭﻣﻦ ﺃﻭﻟﻮﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺘﻢ ﺗﻘﺪﻳﻢ ﺍﻟﺪﻋﻢ ﻣﻦ ﺧﻼﻝ ﺍﻟﺘﻮﺟﻴﻪ ﻭﺭﻓﺪ ﺍﻟﺨﺒﺮﺍﺕ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺠﺎﻝ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﻣﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻄﺔ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﺪﺍﻡ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻳﻘﻮﻡ ﺑﻌﺪﺓ ﻣﺸﺎﺭﻳﻊ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺼﺮ ﻭﺍﻷﺭﺩﻥ ﻭﺗﻮﻧﺲ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻐﺮﺏ ،ﻭﺇﻥ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺎﺭﻳﻊ ﻫﻲ ﺣﺎﻟﻴﺎ ً ﻗﻴﺪ ﺍﻹﻧﺠﺎﺯ .ﻭﻗﺪ ﺍﺧﺘﺎﺭ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﺳﻨﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺫﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻠﻜﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﺋﻠﻴﺔ ،ﻟﻤﺎ ﻟﻬﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﻨﻮﻉ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻫﻤﻴﺔ ﺭﺍﺳﺨﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺷﺌﺔ ،ﺣﻴﺚ ﻳﻘﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺑﻤﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﻭﺗﻮﺳﻴﻊ ﻧﻄﺎﻕ ﺃﻋﻤﺎﻟﻬﺎ .ﺇﻻ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻻ ﻳﻘﺪﻡ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻟﻢ ﺗﺜﺒﺖ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﺭﺻﻴﻨﺔ ﺃﻭ ﻟﻌﺪﻡ ﺍﻣﺘﻼﻛﻬﺎ ﺳﺠﻞ ﺟﻴﺪ .ﻭﺍﺿﺎﻑ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺮﻑ ﻳﺴﻌﻰ ﻟﺪﻋﻢ ﺍﻻﺑﺘﻜﺎﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺴﻮﻕ، ﻭﻳﺪﺭﻙ ﺍﻟﺤﺎﺟﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﺳﺔ ﻟﻤﺴﺎﻧﺪﺓ ﻭﺩﻋﻢ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ﻟﻜﻲ ﻳﺼﺒﺢ ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﻗﺪﺭﺓ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﺎﻓﺴﺔ .ﻛﻤﺎ ﻭﻳﻠﺘﺰﻡ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻓﻲ ﺩﻋﻢ ﻣﺒﺎﺩﺉ ﺍﻟﺸﻔﺎﻓﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺤﻜﻢ ﺍﻟﺮﺷﻴﺪ ،ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺪﺍﻣﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﻴﺌﻴﺔ ،ﻭﻭﺿﻊ ﺇﻁﺎﺭ ﻗﺎﻧﻮﻧﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺷﺄﻧﻪ ﺗﻤﻜﻴﻦ ﻣﻨﺎﺥ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﻤﻮ ﻭﺍﻻﺯﺩﻫﺎﺭ.
ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻭﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ،ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺃﻟﻘﻰ ﻛﻠﻤﺔ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ﻧﻴﺎﺑﺔ ﻋﻨﻬﺎ ،ﺑﺄﻧﻬﺎ ﺃﻋﺮﺑﺖ ﻋﻦ ﺃﻣﻠﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺴﺎﻫﻢ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﺇﻳﺠﺎﺑﻲ ﻧﺤﻮ ﺩﻋﻢ ﻭﺗﻮﺛﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﺜﻨﺎﺋﻲ ﻭﺗﻌﺰﻳﺰ ﺍﻟﻌﻼﻗﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺃﻭﺭﻭﺑﺎ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ﻧﻴﺎﺑﺔ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺗﺸﻜﺮ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺋﻤﻴﻦ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻟﻤﺴﺎﻋﺪﺗﻬﻢ ﻓﻲ ﺗﻨﻈﻴﻢ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﺤﺪﺙ ﻭﺩﻋﻮﺓ ﻧﺨﺒﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺛﻴﻦ ﺑﻬﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﺸﺄﻥ. ﻭﺗﺤﺪﺙ ﺍﻷﻣﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻡ ﻟﻠﻤﺼﺮﻑ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﻟﻺﻧﺸﺎء ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻄﻮﻳﺮ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ) Enzo Quattrociocche Secretary General, European Bank for Reconstruction and ،(Developmentﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺠﻠﺴﺘﻴﻦ ﺍﻷﻭﻟﻰ ﻭﺍﻟﺜﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ،ﻋﻦ ﻣﻮﺿﻮﻉ "ﻗﻴﻤﺔ ﻣﺮﻛﺰ ﺃﻭﺭﻭﺑﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﻟﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ" .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺑﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻐﺎﻳﺔ ﺍﻷﺳﺎﺳﻴﺔ ﻟﺘﺄﺳﻴﺲ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺮﻑ ) (EBRDﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﺃﺻﻼً ﻟﻤﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﺑﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺃﻭﺭﻭﺑﺎ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻗﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻋﻤﻠﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺤﻮﻝ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺍﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩ ﺍﻟﺴﻮﻕ ﺍﻟﻤﻔﺘﻮﺡ .ﻭﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻮﻗﺖ ﺍﻟﺤﺎﻟﻲ ﻓﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ) (EBRDﻳﺘﺠﺎﻭﺏ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺘﺤﻮﻻﺕ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻐﻴﺮﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺣﺪﺛﺖ ﻣﺆﺧﺮﺍً ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ ،ﻭﻳﻌﻤﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﺳﺘﺨﺪﺍﻡ ﺧﺒﺮﺗﻪ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﻔﺎﺩﺓ ﻣﻨﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺗﻘﺪﻳﻢ ﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﻟﻼﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ. ﻭﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻗﺪ ﺑﺪﺃ ﻧﺸﺎﻁﻪ ﺍﻟﻔﻌﻠﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺃﺭﺑﻌﺔ ﺃﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﻋﺮﺑﻴﺔ ،ﻭﻫﻲ ﻣﺼﺮ ﻭﺍﻷﺭﺩﻥ ﻭﺗﻮﻧﺲ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻐﺮﺏ ،ﻭﺫﻟﻚ ﺑﻨﺎءﺍً ﻋﻠﻰ ﻁﻠﺐ ﻣﻦ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ،ﻭﻗﺪ ﺟﺎء ﻫﺬﺍ ﺗﻤﺎﺷﻴﺎ ً ﻭﻣﻠﺒﻴﺎ ً ﻟﺮﻏﺒﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﺒﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻤﺮ ﺑﻤﺮﺣﻠﺔ ﺇﻧﺘﻘﺎﻟﻴﺔ .ﻭﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻗﺪ ﻗﺎﻡ ﻓﻲ ﺃﻳﻠﻮﻝ ﻋﺎﻡ 2012ﺑﺄﻧﺸﺎء ﺻﻨﺪﻭﻕ ﺍﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭﻱ ﺧﺎﺹ ﻟﺪﻋﻢ ﻣﺸﺎﺭﻳﻊ ﻓﻲ ﺑﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﻄﻘﺔ ،ﻭﻟﻜﻦ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺘﻤﻜﻦ ﺍﻟﺒﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻨﻴﺔ ﺃﻥ ﺗﺼﺒﺢ ﻣﺘﻠﻘﻴﺔ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﻛﺎﻣﻞ ،ﻳﺤﺘﺎﺝ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻘﻮﻡ ﺑﺘﻌﺪﻳﻞ ﻧﻈﺎﻣﻪ ﺍﻷﺳﺎﺳﻲ )ﺩﺳﺘﻮﺭ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ( ﻭﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﻗﻊ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺤﺪﺙ ﻗﺮﻳﺒﺎ ً ﺟﺪﺍً. ﻭﺃﺷﺎﺭ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺃﻧﺸﻄﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﺗﺘﺮﻛﺰ ﺣﺎﻟﻴﺎ ً ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﻨﻤﻴﺔ ﻭﺩﻋﻢ ﺍﻟﻘﻄﺎﻉ ﺍﻟﺨﺎﺹ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﻳﺰﺩﺍﺩ ﺩﻭﺭﻩ ﻭﻣﻜﺎﻧﺘﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻈﺮﻭﻑ ﺍﻟﺤﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻮﺍﺟﻪ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﻣﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ .ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺃﻭﻟﻮﻳﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺮﻑ ﺗﺸﻤﻞ ﺩﻋﻢ ﻧﻤﻮ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻄﺔ ،ﻭﻣﻌﺎﻟﺠﺔ ﺍﻟﺜﻐﺮﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺟﻮﺩﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺴﻮﻕ ،ﻭﺗﺸﺠﻴﻊ ﺍﻟﻜﻔﺎءﺓ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺰﺭﺍﻋﻴﺔ، ﻭﻣﺠﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﻄﺎﻗﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﺪﺍﻣﺔ ﻭﺃﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻄﺎﻗﺔ .ﻭﺃﻭﺿﺢ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺟﻲ ﺃﻥ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻚ ﻳﺮﻛﺰ ﺑﺸﻜﻞ ﺧﺎﺹ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺴﺎﻋﺪﺓ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻛﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺷﺌﺔ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺑﺪء ﺍﻟﺘﺸﻐﻴﻞ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ،ﻭﻣﺴﺎﻧﺪﺗﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻮﺿﻮﻉ ﺍﻟﺤﺼﻮﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺘﻤﻮﻳﻞ ﺍﻟﻼﺯﻡ ﻭﺗﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﻣﻬﺎﺭﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ.
London, Italy and the MENA Countries ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﺗﻌﻘﺪ ﺍﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ،ﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ﻭﺩﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ
ﻣﻥ ﺍﻟﻳﺳﺎﺭ :ﺍﻟﺑﺎﺭﻧﺔ ﺳﻳﻣﻭﻧﺯ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺃﻧﺰﻭ ﻛﻮﺍﺗﺮﻭﺝ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻧﻴﻚ ﺁﺭﺗﺸﺮ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﺗﻮ ﻛﺎﻳﺘﺮﻭﻧﻔﻮ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻣﺎﺭﺷﻴﻠﻮ ﺳﺎﻻ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻟﻴﻮﻧﺎﺭﺩﻭ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﻴﻠﻠﻲ ﺳﺎﻧﺘﻲ
ﻧﻈﻤﺖ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ،ﻓﻲ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﺨﻤﻴﺲ ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺎﺩﻑ 11ﻣﻦ ﺷﻬﺮ ﺃﺑﺮﻳﻞ )ﻧﻴﺴﺎﻥ( ،ﻣﺆﺗﻤﺮﺍً ﻣﺸﺘﺮﻛﺎ ً ﻣﻊ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ،ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺍﻗﻴﻢ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻘﺮ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ -ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ. ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺩﺃﺋﻤﺎ ً ﻓﻲ ﻋﻤﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺨﺼﺼﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﻻﺳﻴﻤﺎ ﻗﺎﻧﻮﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﺎﻓﺴﺔ ،ﻭﺍﺗﻔﺎﻗﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻬﻠﻚ ،ﻻﺳﻴﻤﺎ ﻭﺇﻥ ﻫﺎﺫﻳﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺿﻮﻋﻴﻦ ﻫﻤﺎ ﻣﻦ ﺿﻤﻦ ﺍﻟﺠﻮﺍﻧﺐ ﺫﺍﺕ ﺍﻻﻫﺘﻤﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ.
ﻭﺻﻤﻢ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺗﻤﺮ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ ﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ﻣﻊ ﻏﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻟﺼﻨﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻹﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻟﻺﻟﻘﺎء ﺍﻟﻀﻮء ﻭﺍﺳﺘﻜﺸﺎﻑ ﺍﻟﻤﺠﺎﻻﺕ ﻭﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﺫﺍﺕ ﺍﻻﻫﺘﻤﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﻤﺸﺘﺮﻙ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺘﺮﻛﻴﺰ ﺧﺎﺻﺔ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻓﺮﺹ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺩﻭﻝ ﺣﻮﺽ ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺮ ﺍﻷﺑﻴﺾ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻂ. ﻳﺬﻛﺮ ﺃﻥ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻫﻢ ﺃﻭﻟﻮﻳﺎﺕ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﻫﻮ ﺍﻟﻨﻈﺮ ﻓﻲ ﻛﻞ ﺟﻮﺍﻧﺐ ﺍﻟﻘﻮﻯ ﺃﻓﺘﺘﺤﺖ ﺭﺋﻴﺲ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ﺳﻌﺎﺩﺓ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺗﻤﺮ ﺣﻴﺚ ﺭﺣﺒﺖ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﺍﺕ ﻛﻞ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻤﻠﻜﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺓ ﻭﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ﻭﺩﺭﺍﺳﺔ ﻛﻴﻔﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺠﻤﻊ ﺑﺎﻟﻮﻓﺪ ﺍﻟﺮﻓﻴﻊ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﻮﻯ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺩﻡ ﻣﻦ ﺇﻳﻄﺎﻟﻴﺎ ،ﺍﻟﺬﻳﻦ ﻗﺪﻣﻮﺍ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻟﻨﺪﻥ ﻟﺤﻀﻮﺭ ﺑﻴﻦ ﻧﻘﺎﻁ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻘﻮﻯ ﻣﻦ ﺃﺟﻞ ﺗﺸﻜﻴﻞ ﺷﺮﺍﻛﺔ ﺃﻛﺜﺮ ﺇﻳﺠﺎﺑﻴﺔ ﻭﻓﻌﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ .ﺫﻛﺮﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺑﺄﻥ ﺍﻷﻣﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻡ ﻭﺍﻟﺮﺋﻴﺲ ﻟﺘﺤﺮﻳﻚ ﻣﻨﺎﺥ ﺍﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﺣﺮﻛﺔ ﺍﻻﺳﺘﺜﻤﺎﺭ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻟﺘﻨﻔﻴﺬﻱ ﻟﻠﻐﺮﻓﺔ ،ﺍﻟﺪﻛﺘﻮﺭﺓ ﺃﻓﻨﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺸُﻌﻴﺒﻲ ،ﻟﻢ ﺗﺘﻤﻜﻦ ﻣﻦ ﺣﻀﻮﺭ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ﻭﺷﻤﺎﻝ ﺃﻓﺮﻳﻘﻴﺎ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ .ﻭﻁﺮﺣﺖ ﺍﻟﻨﺪﻭﺓ ﺑﻌﺾ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ﺑﺴﺒﺐ ﻅﺮﻭﻑ ﺧﺎﺻﺔ ،ﻭﻗﺎﻟﺖ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﺪﻳﺮ ﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻵﻓﺎﻕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺷﺄﻧﻬﺎ ﺗﻌﻜﺲ ﻓﺮﺻﺎ ً ﺣﻘﻴﻘﻴﺔ ﻟﺘﻨﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﺎﺩﺭﺍﺕ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻐﺮﻓﺔ ،ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺪ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﺍﻹﺩﺭﻳﺴﻲ ﺳﻴﻨﻮﺏ ﻋﻨﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﺍ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺠﺎﻻﺕ ﺍﻟﺠﺪﻳﺪﺓ ﻣﺜﻞ ﻣﺠﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺮﻋﺎﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﺤﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻌﻠﻴﻢ ﻭﺍﻟﺨﺪﻣﺎﺕ ﺍﻻﺟﺘﻤﺎﻉ ،ﻭﻫﻮ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺳﻴﻠﻘﻲ ﻛﻠﻤﺘﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﺗﻤﺮ .ﻭﺃﺷﺎﺭﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻭﻗﻄﺎﻉ ﺗﻜﻨﻮﻟﻮﺟﻴﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻠﻮﻣﺎﺕ .ﻭﺃﺷﺎﺭﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﻭﻣﻦ ﺧﻼﻝ ﺗﺠﺮﺑﺘﻬﺎ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﺮﻳﻄﺎﻧﻴﺔ ،ﺧﺎﺻﺔ ﻭﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﺍﻹﻣﻜﺎﻧﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻬﺎﺋﻠﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﺘﺼﻒ ﺑﻬﺎ ﺍﻷﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ،ﻭﻟﻴﺲ ﺃﻗﻠﻬﺎ ﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﺗﻌﻤﻞ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﺼﺐ ﻭﺯﻳﺮ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﻣﺴﺆﻭﻟﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺃﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺩﻭﻝ ﻣﺠﻠﺲ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﺨﻠﻴﺠﻲ ﺩﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﺨﻠﻴﺞ ،ﻣﺜﻞ ﺃﺳﻮﺍﻕ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ ،ﻋﻠﻰ ﺃﻫﻤﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺮﻭﺍﺑﻂ ﺍﻻﻗﺘﺼﺎﺩﻳﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻻﺗﺤﺎﺩ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻲ ﺍﻟﺴﻌﻮﺩﻳﺔ ،ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺑﺪﺃﺕ ﺑﻔﺮﺽ ﻧﻔﺴﻬﺎ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺴﺎﺣﺔ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻤﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻭﺑﻠﺪﺍﻥ ﻣﻨﻄﻘﺔ ﺣﻮﺽ ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺮ ﺍﻷﺑﻴﺾ ﺍﻟﻤﺘﻮﺳﻂ .ﻭﺫﻛﺮﺕ ﺍﻟﺒﺎﺭﻭﻧﺔ ﺳﻴﻤﻮﻧﺰ ﺍﻟﺴﻨﻮﺍﺕ ﺍﻷﺧﻴﺮﺓ .ﻭﻗﺎﻟﺖ ،ﻛﻤﺎ ﻭﺇﻥ ﺍﻹﻧﻔﺎﻕ ﻓﻲ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺪﻭﻝ ﻋﺎﻟﻲ ﺟﺪﺍً ﻻﺳﻴﻤﺎ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻫﻨﺎﻙ ﺍﺗﻔﺎﻗﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭ -ﻣﺘﻮﺳﻄﻴﺔ ﻭﻓﻲ ﻣﻘﺪﻣﺘﻬﺎ ﺍﺗﻔﺎﻗﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﺓ ﻭﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮ ﻣﺎﺕ ﺗﺴﻌﻰ ﺇﻷﻯ ﺑﻨﺎء ﻭﺗﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﻰ ﺍﻟﺘﺤﺘﻴﺔ ،ﻭﺗﻄﻮﻳﺮ ﺍﻟﺜﺮﻭﺓ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﻭﺑﻴﺔ ،ﻭﻗﺎﻟﺖ ﺑﺄﻥ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺠﻮﺍﻧﺐ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺗﻔﺮﺽ ﺃﻫﻤﻴﺘﻬﺎ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺟﺪﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﺒﺸﺮﻳﺔ ﻟﻠﺪﻭﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﻋﺎﻣﺔ ﻭﻓﻲ ﺩﻭﻝ ﻣﺠﻠﺲ ﺍﻟﺘﻌﺎﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﺨﻠﻴﺠﻲ ﺧﺎﺻﺔ.
MAINTENANCE OF EWA CUSTOMER CARE BUILDING AT JAFFAIR FOR THREE YEARS
CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING PROJECT ON 12.5 FEDDANS AREA AT NEW BORGEL ARAB CITY 8TH DISTRICT INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION WORKS, SANITARY DRAINAGE AND POTABLE WATER NETWORKS, ELECTRICITY NETWORKS, ALSO LANDSCAPE AND ROADS WORKS
Tender No: 2013/075/RP/FRSD (10012207) Bid Bond: BD1000 Document Cost: BD50 Contact Tender Board Kingdom of Bahrain http://www.tenderboard.gov.bh/ Deadline: 12/06/2013
TRANSFORMER OIL ANALYSIS Tender No: 2013/076/PP/ETD (10011625) Bid Bond: BD1000 Document Cost: BD25 Contact Tender Board Kingdom of Bahrain http://www.tenderboard.gov.bh/ Deadline: 05/06/2013
CONSTRUCTION OF PARK SHADE AT EDD SERVICES CENTRE Tender No: 2013/1077/PP/FRSD (10012143) Bid Bond: BD500 Document Cost: BD15 Contact Tender Board Kingdom of Bahrain http://www.tenderboard.gov.bh/ Deadline: 12/06/2013
REPLACEMENT OF TWO LIFTS IN SHEIKH KHALIFA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND ONE LIFT IN BUILDING AT ISA TOWN IN MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Tender No: 68/5/2012 Bid Bond: BD500 Document Cost: BD15 Contact Tender Board Kingdom of Bahrain http://www.tenderboard.gov.bh/ Deadline: 05/06/2013
Document Cost: LE10,000 Bid Bond: LE1,000,000 Performance Bond: 5 % Contact Omara Al Behar Housing Cooperative Society in Alexandria, 3 Ali Pacha Zulfaqar St., Mostafa Kamel, Alexandria Tel: 03 - 5433702 Deadline: 05/06/2013
OMAN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNAL ROADS IN WILAYAT DIMA WA AL TAYEEN - NORTH SHARQYA GOVERNORATE Tender No: 50/2013 Document Cost: RO1782 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 01/07/2013
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW GRID STATION 400/220 KV IZKI Tender No: 51/2013 Document Cost: RO3000 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 08/07/2013
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNAL ROADS IN WILAYAT WADI BANI KHALID - NORTH SHARQYA GOVERNORATE Tender No: 49/2013 Document Cost: RO1557 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 01/07/2013
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNAL ROADS IN WILAYAT IBRA - NORTH SHARQYA GOVERNORATE Tender No: 46/2013 Document Cost: RO2496 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 01/07/2013
CONSTRUCTION OF QURM INFORMATION CENTRE AT BAUSHER, AL SAROOJ Tender No: 39/2013 Document Cost: RO1400 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 01/07/2013
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNAL ROADS AT WILAYAT SUR - SOUTH SHARQYA GOVERNORATE Tender No: 40/2013 Document Cost: RO2450 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 24/06/2013
ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY & MAINTENANCE SERVICES OF 33KV, AND L V NETWORKS IN MUSANDAM GOVERNORATE (GROUP-1) Tender No: 38/2013 Document Cost: RO900 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 24/06/2013
LAND RECLAMATION FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES AT KUMZAR, MUSANDAM GOVERNORATE Tender No: 32/2013 Document Cost: RO2500 Contact Oman Tender Board Muscat Oman PO Box 787/133 Al Khuwair Tel: (968) 24602652 Tenderom@Omantel.net.om Deadline: 10/06/2013
QATAR SUPPLY, IMPLEMENTATION, MAINTENANCE &SUPPORT OF RECORD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Tender No: ST13103200 Scope of Work The purpose of this project is to invite tenders for purchasing, customizing, and integrating with other QP systems and implementing the Record Management System at Corporate Business Record Centre. The scope will include the business processes and workflows for record centre service requests including deposits, retrievals, and record disposals Document Cost: QAR200 Bid Bond: QAR50,000 Contact Qatar Petroleum PO Box 3212, Doha, Qatar Tel: (974) 4440 2000; Fax: (974) 4483 1125 www.qp.com.qa Deadline: 10/06/2013
SUPPLY OF FLEXIBLE FLUID STORAGE TANKS OF 15000, 25000 & 50000 LITRE CAPACITY Tender No: STC/ST13MT0155 Bid Bond: QAR15,000 Document Cost: QAR100 Contact Qatar Petroleum PO Box 3212, Doha, Qatar Tel: (974) 4440 2000; Fax: (974) 4483 1125 www.qp.com.qa Deadline: 10/06/2013
REPLACEMENT OF INSTRUMENT CABLES AT KM & KN DEGASSING STATIONS IN DUKHAN Tender No: ST13103000 Scope of Work There are Sixteen (16) faulty instrument cables that are required to be replaced within Dukhan Fields, out of which eight (8) are in Khatiyah North Degassing Station and eight (8) are in Khatiyah Main Degassing Station. The cable types are of 10 (11 Cables) and single pairs (5 Cables), 1.5 sq.mm ranging from 30 meters to 1,500 meters. Bid Bond: QAR 30,000 Document Cost: QAR200 Contact Qatar Petroleum PO Box 3212, Doha, Qatar Tel: (974) 4440 2000; Fax: (974) 4483 1125 www.qp.com.qa Deadline: 10/06/2013
SALE & REMOVAL OF MOTOR PUMP, IMAGING SYSTEM, CALIBRATOR DEVICE, TELEVISIONS, PROJECTORS, CHARGER, INSTRUMENTATION, MONITORS ETC Tender No: STC/ST13MT0148 Bid Bond: QAR 2,000 Contact Qatar Petroleum PO Box 3212, Doha, Qatar Tel: (974) 4440 2000; Fax: (974) 4483 1125 www.qp.com.qa Deadline: 10/06/2013
SALE & REMOVAL OF COLD SEPARATORS ( V1101A & V-1101B) AND GLYCOL COALESCER ( V-1107A & V-1107B) Tender No: STC/ST13MT0147 Contact Qatar Petroleum PO Box 3212, Doha, Qatar Tel: (974) 4440 2000; Fax: (974) 4483 1125 www.qp.com.qa Deadline: 10/06/2013
SAUDI ARABIA DEVELOPMENT OF JALMUDAH SHORELINE Proposal Invitation No: 692-C03 Scope of Work This Project involves development of Jalmudah Shoreline (Phase I) within the Jubail Industrial City. The shoreline zone is approximately 6.50km long and the width varies from 50m to over 500m. The scope of work includes site preparation, earthwork, grading and storm drainage, roadway including pavement markings and traffic signs, pedestrian paths, sanitary wastewater system, potable and fire water distribution, irrigation system, landscaping works, electrical power distribution, street lighting system, landscaping works, telecommunication and IPTV network. Contact Royal Commission in Jubail Supply Management Department Contracts Section Tel: (03) 341-4127/4163 Fax: (03) 341-2201 http://www.rcjy.gov.sa/en-US/Jubail/EServices/SuppliersPortal/Tenders/ Pages/DEVELOPMENT-OF-JALMUDAHSHORELINE.aspx Deadline: 24/07/2013
TENDERS SITE DEVELOPMENT AREA B – STAGE 1 Proposal Invitation No: 181-C01 Scope of Work This project includes site development of Area “B” (Approximately 1427 hectares). The work includes Demolition/Site Preparation and Earthwork, Road Network, Storm Drainage Collection Network, Process, Potable and Fire Water Supply and Distribution System, Sanitary Wastewater Collection Network, Industrial Wastewater Collection Network, Treated Effluent Distribution System, Power Distribution Network, Telecommunication Distribution Network, Landscaping and Irrigation Network and Street Lighting System. Contact Royal Commission in Jubail Supply Management Department Contracts Section Tel: (03) 341-4127/4163 Fax: (03) 341-2201 http://www.rcjy.gov.sa/en-US/Jubail/EServices/SuppliersPortal/Tenders/Pages/SITEDEVELOPMENT-AREA-B-–-STAGE-1.aspx Deadline: 03/07/2013
UAE SUPPLY OF SKILLED MANPOWER SERVICES FOR POWER STATION EQUIPMENT OVERHAUL WORKS AT D, E, G, H, K, L & M STATIONS Tender No: 2121300022 Document Cost: AED200 Contact Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Office of the Contracts Manager, Zabeel East, PO Box 564, Dubai Tel: (9714) 3244444 Fax: (9714) 3248111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dewa.gov.ae Deadline: 04/06/2013
APPOINTMENT OF AIR TRAVEL AGENTS FOR DUBAI ELECTRICITY & WATER AUTHORITY Tender No: CG/0009/2013 Document Cost: AED500 Contact Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Office of the Contracts Manager, Zabeel East, PO Box 564, Dubai Tel: (9714) 3244444 Fax: (9714) 3248111 Email: email@example.com www.dewa.gov.ae Deadline: 05/06/2013
RENOVATION OF RAMOOL-1 33KV SUBSTATION Tender No: 2131300024 Document Cost: AED200 Contact Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Office of the Contracts Manager, Zabeel East, PO Box 564, Dubai Tel: (9714) 3244444 Fax: (9714) 3248111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dewa.gov.ae Deadline: 05/06/2013
SUPPLY OF MV OHL ONLINE FAULT INDICATORS Tender No: 2051300004 Document Cost: AED200 Contact Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Office of the Contracts Manager, Zabeel East, PO Box 564, Dubai Tel: (9714) 3244444 Fax: (9714) 3248111 Email: email@example.com www.dewa.gov.ae Deadline: 16/06/2013
SUPPLY, INSTALLATION, TESTING AND COMMISSIONING OF BAR CODE SOLUTION (HARDWARE & SOFTWARE) FOR THE ‘G’ STATION STORES Tender No: 2121300031 Document Cost: AED1000 Contact Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Office of the Contracts Manager, Zabeel East, PO Box 564, Dubai Tel: (9714) 3244444 Fax: (9714) 3248111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dewa.gov.ae Deadline: 11/06/2013
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SAUDI ARABIA CONSTRUCTION SECTOR SET FOR MORE GROWTH The magnitude of contracts in the construction sector continues to illustrate Saudi Arabia’s appetite for strong capital expenditures as approximately SR49.1 billion worth of contracts were awarded during the first quarter of 2013, according to the NCB Construction Contracts Award Index Q1 2013. The focus on improving the Kingdom’s physical and social infrastructure as was planned by the government in its 2013 budget was evident as approximately SR11.7bn worth of contracts were awarded for physical infrastructure projects. Social infrastructure, such as healthcare, residential real estate and education, contributed approximately SR28bn of the overall value of awarded contracts. Anchor sectors, such as oil & gas, petrochemicals and industrial had relatively modest contract values. accounting for nearly SR7.5bn. All signs point towards the continued growth in the construction sector as the value of awarded contracts were sustained by non-anchor sectors during Q1’13. The mega-projects that will be awarded within the anchor sectors will further catapult the ongoing construction boom during 2013. Riyadh and Makkah regions captured significant shares of the value of awarded contracts by region with 44% and 27%, respectively. Significant mega-projects in the residential real estate and healthcare sectors were a major reason for Riyadh’s dominance. January had the highest value of awarded contracts during Q1’13, at SR21bn. Healthcare and petrochemicals led the way as they captured nearly 58% and 10%, respectively. There was a single mega-project contract within the healthcare sector worth SR12.6bn. The contract was awarded by the Ministry of Interior to ABV Rock Group for the development of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project’s Riyadh security forces medical complex. The complex will have a total built-up area for the medical facilities of 400,000 sqm on 1.3 million sqm of land. The project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017. The petrochemical sector had two contracts worth approximately SR2.1bn. One contract worth SR1.9bn was awarded by the joint venture of Saudi Kayan/Saudi Aramco/ Dow Chemicals to Daelim. Daelim will be responsible for building an n-Butanol plant in the acrylic complex at the Jubail Industrial
City. The plant is expected to produce 330,000 metric tonnes a year of n-Butanol and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014. SR1.4bn worth of contracts were signed in the power sector, awarded by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). All contracts were awarded to local contractors, namely Middle East Engineering & Development, National Contracting Company and Saudi Services for Electro Mechanical (SSEM). The scope of the contracts involved the construction of 380kV overhead lines in addition to underground cable works. The oil & gas sector saw approximately SR1.1bn worth of contracts awarded. The notable contract was awarded by Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Company (Luberef) to Sulzer Chemtech worth approximately SR750mn which will upgrade the vacuum distillation unit at the Yanbu refinery. The project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014. The residential real estate sector had three awarded contracts worth SR8.1bn. Two significant contracts were awarded to Azmeel Contracting & Construction Company. The first contract was awarded by Emaar Properties for phase two of the Jeddah Gate “Abraj Al Hilal” project worth SR4.9bn. The second contract was awarded to Azmeel Contracting and Construction Company by Rayadah Investment Company, which involved the construction of 106 villas, 96 apartment units and related facilities such as a sports club, mosques, and schools. The SR3.2bn Riyadh Information Technology & Communication Complex (ITCC) project will have a total of 445,373 sqm of builtup construction, and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016. Education witnessed a continued surge in spending by the Ministry of Higher Education as approximately SR4bn worth of contracts were awarded in February. The majority of contracts included the construction of new colleges, faculty building and infrastructure works across numerous universities.
The roads sector saw significant expenditure by the Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs along with the Ministry of Transport with approximately SR2.1bn worth of contracts awarded. Two contracts worth SR2.1bn were awarded in the water sector by the National Water Company (NWC) to Aziz Company. The two contracts each involved the construction of four steel reservoirs and valves as part of the Makkah Reservoirs I and II project. Both projects are expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2015. Within the Industrial sector, a contract was awarded by Maaden to Hanwha Engineering and Construction Company for the construction of a gravity-CIL (Carbon In Leach) processing plant that will have a capacity of two million tons of ore per annum. The SR1bn project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014. A contract in the commercial real estate sector was awarded by the Jabal Omar Development Company to Saudi Tabreed worth SR560mn. It will develop and build the first two phases of the district cooling plant, which will have a capacity of 55,000 refrigeration tons. The power and industrial sectors accounted for the largest portion of contracts awards by value during March with 24% and 21% shares, respectively. The SEC and the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu (RCJY) awarded approximately SR1.7bn worth of contracts. Two contracts were awarded by SEC for the construction and installation of a conversion station and for the manufacturing, importing and installation of a 300 km double circuit in Riyadh. These two contracts amounted to approximately SR763mn and are expected to be completed within 30 months. The RCJY awarded two contracts to SSEM and Al Babtain Contracting Company worth SR970mn for the installation of two 1,500 MW electricity power plants in Ras Al-Khair. Both projects are expected to be completed within 38 months. Saudi Gazette, 29/05/2013
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