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Are you a high-profile manager? Do you have an idea on how to diversify Bahrain’s economy and ensure growth? If the answer is yes, you may want to share your thoughts at the upcoming Economic Diversification Forum.

The two-day event, jointly organized under the patronage of H.E.Khalid Al Rumaihi, CE of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, in collaboration with the Khaleeji Commercial Bank and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, starts on November 19. And will be hosted by The Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.

The panellists and keynote speakers will discuss how to ensure non-oil dependent economic growth in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. In addition to that, they will also address important questions such as how to diversify the economy, how vital the diversification is, and how society can collectively contribute to it.

The main forum topics will be the following:

  1. National Development Strategy – opportunities and limitations that Bahrain faces
  2. How new forms of the economy are created and managed – The road to sustainability
  3. The impact of dynamic related diversification on the multi-business firms
  4. How investment in technology underpins economic diversity
  5. Growing the global economy through SMEs


There will be two-panel discussions spread over two days. The topic of the first one, on November 19 is “Is it crucial for a country to be economically diversified to survive?” The panellists include H.E. Mohammed Al Qaed, the CEO of Information and eGovernment Authority, H.E. Sheikh Khaled Bin Humood Al Khalifa, the CEO of the Bahrain Authority for Tourism and Exhibitions, Mr. Abdulkarim Bucheery, the Vice Chairman of Khaleeji Commercial Bank, and others.

On November 20, the main topic will be “Innovate or Die – How true is this statement for the SME Markets?” Dr Khalid Abdulla, the General Manager of Eskan Bank, Mr Sattam Algosaibi of Bahrain Development Bank, and others will lead the discussion.

The keynote speakers who already confirmed participation include Kalbir Sohi, the CEO of Drie, Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist at Bahrain Development Board, Mr James Chung, President of Reach Advisors, and more.

Please note that participation in the forum is by invitation only. It is oriented to executives and high-profile managers from different business sectors. If you are interested, you can fill in the registration form online.