International think tank IISS to hold conference in Bahrain

Delegates will examine a set of issues, including the Gulf’s economic prospects and development models and energy and economic sustainability

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The UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is holding a conference focusing on “Business Opportunity and Political Risk in the Gulf and Middle East,” in Bahrain this September.

The Geo-economics and Strategy Program of the top research institute will bring a diverse range of policymakers, experts, business executives and political leaders to the conference set to be held on Sep. 7 and 8.

The delegates will examine a group of issues, including the Gulf’s new economic prospects and development models, the region’s energy and economic sustainability, and teachings from the Middle East’s economic policy since 2011.

The high focus on the region is due to the vital role it plays in global economy.

“The economies of the GCC are now worth $1.6tn… The Gulf is increasingly playing an influential role in the regional and global economy beyond its traditional role as an energy producer,” Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Kamal bin Ahmad, said, stressing on the increasing importance of such events.

Key figures set to attend the conference are: Former Group Chief Executive Officer at the National Bank of Kuwait Ibrahim Dabdoub, Director of McKinsey Middle East Kito De Boer, Managing Partner at KPMG Bahrain and Qatar Jamal Fakhro, and Chairman of Punji Lloyd Atul Punj.

Bahrain holds several business conventions throughout the year, such as quarterly discussions organized by international institutions like EDB, IISS and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF).

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