Bahrain expo officials set for Rome mission
Manama, September 11, 2012
Bahrain International Expo officials will set off next week on a trade mission to Rome, the first stage in a series of events being held by the organisation to promote the kingdom abroad.
The event, which runs from September 17 to 19 in the Italian capital, has attracted 30 participants who will be looking to develop business and attract investment to Bahrain.
The venture is being supported by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Bahrain Development Bank and Tamkeen.
"At present our exports to Italy amount to BD59 million ($154.6 million) while our imports are BD117 million," said BCCI promotions, exhibitions and conference committee chairman Kadhem Isa Alseed at a Press conference yesterday.
"We would like to enhance this business and this exhibition in Rome will play a key role in doing so," he stated.
"We have invited a number of key VIPs to take part and both the Italian Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Arab Euro Chamber of Commerce will be taking part," he added.
"This is the first venture in a series of trade missions we are looking at between Bahrain and other countries."
"We are looking at several other countries to visit as part of this programme," observed Bahrain International Expo managing partner Suhair Ali Bokhammas.
"We are working with our strategic partners and we are not just looking at Europe. We also want to look at the Far East and have had discussions with Malaysia, China and Singapore," she said.
"We are also looking at potential events in Geneva, Vienna, Paris and London over the next year. Our mission is to show what the Bahrain economy can offer," Bokhammas added.-TradeArabia News Service