As part of Discover America Week 2018, the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) hosted a U.S. Embassy seminar, held in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham), entitled “How to do Business in the United States”.
The seminar, held at the BIBF premises, included speakers from the U.S. Embassy, Washington, D.C., and across the region. The speakers gave tips to the audience of Bahraini business people on how to take advantage of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by expanding their businesses into the lucrative American market.
The United States-Bahrain FTA, which entered into force on January 11, 2006, generates export opportunities into the U.S. market. The agreement also supports Bahrain’s economic reforms and enhances commercial relations with the Kingdom, as an economic leader in the Arabian Gulf.
The speakers included Aimee Cutrona, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, who opened the event; Gary Schumann, Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy Manama; Jeffery Austin, Consular Chief, U.S. Embassy Manama; Allan Hallman, Agricultural Attache, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Jennifer Miel, Executive Director, U.S.-Bahrain Business Council – U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C.; and Gary Rand, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The final speaker, Mr. Hamid Alzayani, Managing Director of Midal Cable, was able to give a Bahraini perspective on doing business in the United States.
As a centre for thought leadership, the BIBF hosts a number of economic-related seminars throughout the year that are open to the public and reflect both local and international perspectives to highlight various trending topics that support the financial industry.