SALT LAKE CITY - The ambassadors of five Arab nations will visit Salt Lake City on July 15 at the Little America Hotel. They will be visiting in support of the 2011 Ambassador's Forum of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce's (NUSACC), which will focus on the topic "Business Opportunities in the Arab World in a Time of Transition."
"This is an exciting opportunity for Utah businesspeople," said Franz Kolb, regional director of Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East at the state's International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO). ITDO is the international outreach office of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). "In a time of great changes across Northern Africa and the Middle East, it is important to know what those changes mean to business. These ambassadors are coming here as a first step in helping Utah companies put their Middle East strategies together."
Beginning with the Tunisian revolution in early 2011, social, economic and political changes have spread across the Middle East and Northern Africa. With old ways of doing business quickly becoming irrelevant, new opportunities for Utah companies are arising in the region -- particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The forum will present a unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of political and economic changes that are taking place in the Middle East, says Mr. Kolb. The invited ambassadors will offer tips on how to navigate the new business landscape in the region, and will be available for networking after the forum.
It is the first time that Utah has hosted five Arab ambassadors at one time. They are:
Houda Nonoo, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Antoine Chedid, Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon
Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco
Hunaina Al-Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
Mohamed Tekaya, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia