Q3 Saudi-Bahrain trade surges by 43%

  • Trade between two Kingdoms hit $2.17bn during the first three quarters of 2020
  • Saudi Arabia is one of Bahrain’s key trading partners, with both nations connected by bridge

Manama, October 22, 2020: Non-oil trade between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain increased 43 percent to US$688.4 million during the third quarter of 2020 compared to US$481 million during Q3 of 2019. The surge in trade between both countries comes following the ease of restrictions on cargo transit over the King Fahd Causeway back in August.

Bi-lateral commerce between the two nations surged 12 percent past the $2 billion mark during the first three quarters of 2020 to record a substantial year-on-year increase from the 2019 figure of $1.93 billion.

Saudi Arabia is one of Bahrain’s key trading partners, with majority of imports and exports flowing via the King Fahd Causeway – a 25 kilometre bridge connecting both Kingdoms by road.

It was also recently announced that Bahrain Customs has installed high-tech artificial intelligence scanners at the King Fahd Causeway, automating data collection and allowing shipment inspections to take place before reaching the border.

With the lowest manufacturing costs in the region, Bahrain is fast becoming the manufacturing and logistics hub of choice for many global manufacturers including Arla, Reckitt Benckiser, Mondelez and Olayan Kimberley-Clark.

Abdulhakim Al Shamary, Board Member of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), said: “The King Fahd Causeway acts as an essential link between Bahrain and the wider $1.5 trillion Gulf economy for millions of passengers and commercial trucks each year.

“Despite COVID-19, commercial drivers have still been able to use the bridge enabling critical continuity for the logistics sector”.

Saudi-Bahrain trade returns to pre-COVID levels amid increase in H1 figures

  • Trade between two Kingdoms hits $262.9m in June, highest since pandemic struck region
  • Saudi Arabia is one of Bahrain’s key trading partners, with both nations connected by bridge
  • Bahrain’s overall trade for the year-half reached US$10.4 billion globally

Manama, September 30, 2020: Trade between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain has returned to levels not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic, with new figures revealing US$1.48 billion in bi-lateral trade during the first half of the year.

In the first six months of 2020, the figures were up 2 per cent from the same period last year, in which a total of US$1.45 billion in trade was recorded between the two nations.

June’s figures showed the positive economic impact of support measures on the economies of both Kingdoms, with trade returning to US$262.9 million – the highest levels since coronavirus struck the region in March this year. Compared to 2019, the month showed a substantial year-on-year rise of 52.45 per cent.

Saudi Arabia is one of Bahrain’s key trading partners, with imports and exports flowing between the two nations via the King Fahd Causeway – a 25 kilometre bridge connecting both Kingdoms by road.

Officials have been working to increase facilities for commercial traffic, with recent renovation works including an increase in capacity by 45 per cent and new gates on the Saudi side.

It was also recently announced that Bahrain Customs has installed high-tech artificial intelligence scanners at the King Fahd Causeway, automating data collection and allowing shipment inspections to take place before reaching the border.

According to the new figures, Bahrain’s overall trade for the year-half reached US$10.4 billion globally, including US$2.9 billion to other GCC nations. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingdom’s overall global trade figures during H1 reduced by just two per cent.

The numbers also reveal that Bahrain is becoming a regional distribution hub for the logistics industry, with exports to the GCC over the first half of the year representing 66 per cent of the total figure. Imports to the Kingdom from the rest of the GCC represented 34 per cent of the Kingdom’s bilateral trade.

UAE-Bahrain trade returning to pre-COVID levels H1 figures show

  • Trade between two countries hits $139.6 m in June, highest since pandemic struck region
  • Bahrain’s trade for the year-half reached US$10.4 billion globally – only 2% down on 2019

Manama, September 30, 2020: Trade between the UAE and Bahrain has returned to levels not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic, with new figures revealing US$936 million in bi-lateral commerce during the first half of the year.

June’s figures showed the positive economic impact of support measures on the economies of both Kingdoms, with trade returning to US$139.6 million – the highest levels since coronavirus struck the region in March this year.

The recent reopening of the King Fahd Causeway to transit traffic is expected to further boost trade numbers in the latter half of the year.

According to the new figures, Bahrain’s overall trade for the year-half reached US$10.4 billion globally, including US$2.9 billion to other GCC nations. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingdom’s overall global trade figures during H1 reduced by just two per cent.

The numbers reveal that Bahrain is becoming a regional distribution hub for the logistics industry, with exports to the GCC over the first half of the year representing 66 per cent of the total figure. Imports to the Kingdom from the rest of the GCC represented 34 per cent of the Kingdom’s bilateral trade.

This first half of this year has also seen Bahrain extend technology further into its supply chain, including the launch a first-of-its-kind in the region “SmartHub” logistics warehouse for pharmaceuticals and food. This next generation logistics warehouse utilises emerging technologies to ensure the speedy and efficient distribution of much-needed foods and medicines across the entire GCC. It is the first ‘smart hub’ in the world to integrate a track and trace system on a blockchain platform with smart contracts for customs clearances and fee payments.  

Central Bank of Bahrain launches a first of its kind fintech platform to drive innovation in the region

  • FinHub 973 launched in cooperation with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bank ABC, ila Bank, BENEFIT, National Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain Islamic Bank
  • FinHub 973 will be powered by Fintech Galaxy’s FinX22 Innovation platform
  • The platform aims to stimulate innovation opportunities, connect financial institutions in Bahrain to fintech startups from across the globe, and highlight Bahrain’s position as a regional financial center for innovation
  • The platform will create a collaborative environment in the fintech sector and establish a gateway to financial services markets in the region
  • Offers an open API sandbox, a global fintech marketplace and an innovation crowdsourcing platform

Manama, Bahrain – 20 October 2020: The Central Bank of Bahrain, in cooperation with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bank ABC, ila Bank, BENEFIT, National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) and Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB), announced today the launch of FinHub 973, the first comprehensive digital fintech lab in the region, regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain. The new platform will aim to create a collaborative ecosystem in the fintech sector by establishing a gateway for investment opportunities in the region, while fostering innovation and supporting integration between financial institutions and fintech startups.

FinHub 973 will be powered by Fintech Galaxy’s FinX22 platform, which is a cloud-based open innovation platform that complies with the best international technical standards. The FinX22 platform will offer an open banking API sandbox that enables fintech startups to develop, test and deploy fintech solutions.

Through an AI-powered global fintech marketplace, FinHub 973 will aim to connect financial institutions in Bahrain and the region to fintechs from around the world. The digital lab will also offer matchmaking and crowdsourcing capabilities, which will help contribute to the design of effective fintech solutions, ultimately spurring disruptive and transformative innovation across the financial services industry.

Speaking on the launch of FinHub 973, Mr. Rasheed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, said: “We are pleased to launch the FinHub 973 digital fintech lab that will support a seamless transition into digital banking operations, while accelerating the transformation towards an AI-powered digital economy.”

H.E. Al Maraj added: “The Covid-19 repercussions have proven the great importance of expanding digital banking and providing appropriate solutions for electronic payment systems. The Central Bank has early realized the importance of continuously developing the banking sector infrastructure, putting itself at the forefront of regulatory bodies that support innovation in order to establish Bahrain’s position as a top financial center. The launch of FinHub 973 reaffirms the vision of the Central Bank of Bahrain to expand infrastructure in financial technology, unlock innovation opportunities, and introduce new and innovative financial products to the market.”

The launch of FinHub 973 follows the Central Bank’s recent initiatives to promote innovation in the Bahrain financial sector, including the launch of the Regulatory Sandbox in 2017, establishment of a dedicated Fintech and Innovation Unit at the bank, and issuing regulations for Open Banking, Crypto-asset Platform Operators, Digital Financial Advice (“robo-advisory”), Cloud Computing and Insurance Aggregators.

Mirna Sleiman, Founder & CEO, Fintech Galaxy, said: “The launch of this platform comes at a pivotal time, when governments and financial institutions from all around the world are increasingly focusing on accelerating their implementation of digital transformation strategies in order to drive business growth.

We are proud to take part in launching and powering The Central Bank of Bahrain’s FinHub 973 digital fintech lab, and we are confident that it will succeed in creating a common digital space that enhances communication between all stakeholders within the financial sector in Bahrain, the region and across the globe.”

FinHub 973 will enable financial institutions to organize virtual hackathons and challenges to accelerate innovation and business growth. The platform will also provide content on the fintech sector financial and the relevant laws and regulations in the Kingdom of Bahrain, through an interactive chatbot.

GCC small business ‘boom’ to drive post-COVID economy as commercial registrations soar

Commercial registrations increase 109 percent in Bahrain amid new wave of entrepreneurs

99 percent of businesses in Saudi Arabia are SMEs making 64% of employment

The sector contributes 52 percent of non-oil GDP in the UAE and is set to rise to 60 percent

Manama, September 13 2020: Experts are predicting a GCC “SME boom” as a new wave of regional entrepreneurs emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial registrations have seen triple-digit increases in recent months with tender boards across the region awarding tens of millions of dollars in contracts to these enterprises.

Now analysts are hailing the post-Coronavirus economy as an “era of startup growth” as governments focus on rebuilding their economies following months of reduced activity during the pandemic.

Pakiza Abdulrahman, Manager of Business Development – Startup at Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, said: “Across the region, governments are putting startups and SMEs front and centre as they seek to regrow and diversify their economies, and this new era of startup growth is only set to increase post-COVID.

“Unprecedented, targeted support packages are indicative of governments prioritising small business as being the engine of the Gulf’s post-lockdown recovery, and we are already seeing the results of this SME boom.”

“In Bahrain, SMEs have proven to be a key pillar in the economic diversification strategy, and also play a major role in job creation and have emerged as an increasingly significant contributor to national GDP.”

The comments come as the Bahrain government announced plans to subsidise electricity bills for SMEs to the tune of BHD24 million (USD$63.7 million) to help bolster national economic growth.

In August, the Bahrain Tender Board announced that in the first half of the year, it had awarded 47 public tenders worth a combined USD$21.8 million to SMEs in the Kingdom, following a Cabinet decision to boost public spending in the sector.

This comes against a backdrop of already soaring numbers of individual commercial registrations in Bahrain – up by a staggering 109 percent in June alone.

The Bahrain boom is closely reflected across the region, with 99 percent of businesses in Saudi Arabia a part of the SME segment providing 64 percent of total employment in the Kingdom.

Under Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom plans to raise the contribution of SMEs from the current 20 percent of GDP to 35 percent by facilitating their access to funding and encouraging financial institutions to allocate up to 20 percent of overall loans to them.

As of last year, the UAE’s Ministry of Economy estimated that the SME sector represents more than 98 percent of the total number of companies operating in the UAE and contributes towards 52 percent of non-oil GDP – a figure the ministry wants to increase to 60 percent by 2021.

Areije Al Shakar, Fund Director at Al Waha Fund of Funds, the government fund established in Bahrain to catalyse the growth of a VC community across the region, added: “In light of the global pandemic, governments are doubling down on their support for what was already a priority segment for most major GCC economies – and for a good reason.

“Despite startup funding globally dropping to an all-time low in the first half of this year, the MENA region saw a record breaking US $659 million raised during that period – already at 95 percent of total venture investments in 2019, itself a record-breaking year. A renewed government focus on the sector will drive growth even further.”

Bahrain grants UK FinTech Fasset first-of-its-kind authorisation to test blockchain-based solution for addressing US$ 15 trillion sustainable infrastructure funding gap

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain —  UK-headquartered FinTech Fasset, a provider of blockchain-powered platforms for the financing of sustainable infrastructure, has received authorisation to test its solutions for the tokenisation of hard assets in Kingdom of Bahrain’s FinTech Regulatory Sandbox. The authorisation, issued by the Central Bank of Bahrain, is the first of its kind in the world. The company has raised some US$4.7 million in pre-seed investment from strategic backers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Singapore.

Fasset aims to address climate change acceleration by bridging the sustainable infrastructure funding gap estimated by the World Economic Forum to reach US$15 trillion by 2040. Through its two flagship products – Fasset Enterprise Platform (FEP) and Fasset Exchange (FEX) – Fasset aims to increase investor exposure to assets that were previously illiquid, inaccessible, or had high barriers to entry. Simultaneously, asset owners can bypass costly middlemen to directly list their assets on an exchange, gain faster access to liquidity and court a wider base of like-minded investors. FEP provides a tokenisation service for sustainable infrastructure assets – ‘fractionalising’ or breaking down large assets into smaller “pieces” or tokens using blockchain technology. FEX is a platform to where these tokens can be traded.

Dalal Buhejji, Director of Business Development, Financial Services at Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) Said: “As disruptive technologies transform industries around the world, investment in innovation is a key enabler and driver of economic growth. Bahrain’s forward -thinking regulatory approach provides an attractive environment for FinTech companies to reap the benefits of our agile economy, availability of the most skilled and diverse workforces and the best value operating costs in the region. We are delighted to welcome Fasset to Bahrain and we look forward to welcoming many more FinTech companies.”

“We thank the Central Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain Economic Development Board for their continued support” says Aziz Zainuddin, Fasset Chief Product Officer. “The CBB has fostered a unique and supportive setting for startups in the region to flourish and to build impactful companies of the future. The CBB granting us this authorisation is proof of the progress the Ethereum developer community has made to earn the trust of regulators worldwide. Moreover, it is testament to the pioneering and pro-innovation spirit of Bahrain, where ideas for tackling the world’s most pressing issues based on even the most cutting edge technologies are given the opportunity to take flight.”

About Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.

For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit www.bahrainedb.com; for information about Bahrain visit www.bahrain.com.

 About Fasset

Fasset is the operating system for financing sustainable infrastructure built on the Ethereum blockchain. Fasset offers a platform for the ethical financing of sustainable infrastructure, creating a new class of assets for investors built on blockchain and rooted in real-world, physical investments. This allows for a never-before-possible level of portfolio diversification that enhances people’s lives.

To learn more about Fasset, please visit https://www.fasset.com/

World Bank ranks Bahrain and UAE top Arab nations for human capital

  • Bahrain ranks first among GCC countries for academic achievement in Human Capital Index 2020

Manama, September 28 2020: The World Bank has ranked the UAE and Bahrain as the top destinations in the Arab world to invest in human capital, according to a new report.

The Human Capital Index 2020 measures potential productivity in the health and education sectors across 98% of the world’s population – with a focus on the knowledge, skills and health that a child born today is expected to accumulate by their 18th birthday.

The UAE ranked 44th against a global benchmark and first in the Arab world in the index, followed by Bahrain at 46th, Oman at 64th, Saudi Arabia at 84th and Kuwait at 88th. Worldwide, Singapore took the first-place spot, with Japan ranking second and Korea coming third.

Bahrain scored 0.65 points, up more than 8 percent from its 0.60 ranking based on the same factors 2010 – four times the global average. During the period, Oman increased to 0.61 from 0.55, Saudi Arabia to 0.58 from 0.55, while the UAE recorded a score of 0.67 compared to a previous ranking of 0.62.

According to the report, Bahrain performed particularly well in the field of education, ranking first among the GCC countries for academic achievement, and among the top five countries globally for the performance of girls over boys in education.

World Bank researchers noted: “More human capital is associated with higher earnings for people, higher income for countries, and stronger cohesion in societies. It is a central driver of sustainable growth and poverty reduction.”

Tala Fakhro, Chief Project Officer – Strategic Research, Market Studies & Project Implementation at Bahrain Economic Development Board, commented: “Bahrain’s ranking in the Human Capital Index 2020 is testament to our wide-ranging economic reforms as well as years of investment in education and healthcare, ensuring that children born today are fully empowered to achieve their potential.

“Bahrain has a long history of promoting gender equality and was the first Gulf state to allow women into education, so we are particularly proud to rank in the top five globally for the educational performance of girls.

“The Kingdom offers a highly skilled local and global workforce, with diverse demographics providing an ideal mix of qualities for businesses looking to hire top talent and sustain long-term growth.”

With a rapidly growing population driving demand for new medical services and technologies, healthcare is a critical policy focus area for the Bahrain government. In line with its Vision 2030, the Kingdom is focused on becoming a leading centre for modern medicine, offering high-quality and financially sustainable care for patients throughout the GCC region.

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For more information, please contact:

Communications and Media Department

Economic Development Board

Phone: +973-17-589966

E-mail: internationalmedia@bahrainedb.com

About Bahrain Economic Development Board

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.

For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit www.bahrainedb.com; for information about Bahrain visit www.bahrain.com.

Why digitalisation has helped Bahraini banks escape the brunt of Covid-19

By: David Ndichy

Source: Gulf Business © 2020 MOTIVATE MEDIA GROUP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

A relatively advanced digital infrastructure has done well to cushion Bahraini banks from the impact of Covid-19.

Bahrain is home to the region’s first hyper-scale data centre, was one of the first countries in the world to roll out nationwide commercial 5G, and is shifting its entire government to the cloud.

What the pandemic did was catalyse a digital evolution that was already underway, says Dalal Buhejji, director of Business Development, Financial Services, Bahrain Economic Development Board.

“Before Covid-19, the oldest banking sector in the GCC was already adapting to a more digital world, with initiatives such as Ila Bank, the kingdom’s first fully digital bank launched last year, becoming increasingly common,” explains Buhejji.

Other lenders also took initiatives – Al Salam-Bank Bahrain rolled out virtual branches and a digital onboarding app; National Bank of Bahrain was the first in the region to launch open banking services; BISB launched Bahrain’s first fully digital bank branch; and Meem became the region’s first shari’a-compliant digital banking service.

As Covid-enforced social distancing measures became commonplace, Bahrainis turned increasingly online to conduct financial services. Electronic fund transfer systems such as Fawri and Fawri+ saw unprecedented surge in usage – up 935.7 per cent year-on-year in May.

“Thanks to the kingdom’s strong digital infrastructure, disruption was kept to a minimum. Indeed, while challenging, Bahrain considers Covid-19 a catalyst for change and greater digital transformation across a range of sectors – particularly financial services,” Buhejji says.

Fintechs

The Central Bank of Bahrain, which regulates the industry, has put in place a regulatory framework that encourages collaboration between traditional banks and challenger fintechs.

Bahraini open banking startup Tarabut Gateway is helping the country’s banks roll out open banking services for example, while Eazy partnered with Ithmaar Bank to launch the region’s first biometric ATM network.

“There is a growing appetite within the financial sector, which is undergoing a seismic transformation, to explore collaboration with challenger fintechs to adopt new, innovative solutions in this way,” says Buhejji.

The ongoing digital transformation of Bahrain’s financial services industry is commendable, but more will be needed going forward as the widespread use of cash clings stubbornly on.

“The rising appetite for digital services has not matched the speed in the shift in consumer behaviour. It should be possible for a Bahraini citizen to make every conceivable financial transaction without the need for physical interaction, but that still feels a long way off,” says Buhejji.

The financial services industry is a major contributor to Bahrain’s economy – the largest, in fact, after oil, at 17 per cent of non-oil GDP.

“Digital solutions such as fintech and e-commerce are a significant part of that and will play a crucial role in our kingdom’s economy in the coming year and beyond,” Buhejji concludes.

Central Bank of Bahrain Launches Tokenization Service for Contactless Payment

The Central Bank of Bahrain, in cooperation with the Benefit Company, retail banks and Bahrain Facilities Company, announced the launch of a coding service for operating the encryption feature for contactless payment for smartphones running the Android system. This feature allows payments to be made digitally via POS devices using a smartphone.

This service is characterized by the ease of completing payment transactions, as it is done through the use of the Benefit B app by placing the customer’s smart mobile device close to the point of sale device and completing the transaction without the need to use a plastic bank card, which strengthens the preventive measures and precautionary measures taken by the Central Bank of Bahrain. For ease and speed of payment completion, as well as to contain and prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The encryption service is also characterized by the highest levels of security, as it blocks the card’s data from the other party’s visibility and prevents any party from accessing it, thus the customer is protected from the risk of misuse of the data available on the card and those stored in it. The service does not require any additional data to be stored on the Benefit B app, and all that is required from the customer to activate the service is to update the Benefit B app and specify the card stored in the Benefit B app to activate the service.

On this occasion, Mr. Khalid Hamad Al-Hamad, Executive Director of Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain, said: “We are pleased to announce the launch of a coding service for contactless payment, which coincides with the current developments in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Al-Hamad expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the licensees who are ready for implementation and the companies that have worked hard during the past months to implement this strategic project. Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company, Bahrain National Bank, Kuwait Finance House, National Bank of Kuwait, Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Gulf Commercial Bank, Housing Bank for Trade and Finance, Al Salam Bank and Arab Bank.

Source: Saudi24News

GCC cities dominate top ranks in financial attractiveness index

Manama ranked first in the world

Manama – August 19 2020: Every single GCC member was represented in the top 20 most financially attractive cities in the world, according to AIRINC’s latest Global 150 Cities Index. The index ranks 150 of the top global locations according to financial attractiveness and lifestyle attractiveness. It combines local salary levels, tax rates, living costs, and living conditions to assess how appealing each location is to live in.

Bahrain’s capital Manama was named the most financially attractive city in the world, followed by Riyadh in 4th place, Kuwait City in 6th, Abu Dhabi in 7th, Dubai in 12th, and Muscat in 16th. The data is collected by AIRINC’s own in-house survey team, who continuously research the costs and living conditions of many cities around the world to evaluate international mobility.

GCC economies have invested considerable sums in making themselves more attractive to international businesses in line with ambitious region-wide economic diversification efforts. As the first GCC member to begin diversification, the Kingdom of Bahrain offers one of the easiest and most cost-effective environments to set up and operate a business in the world. Businesses operating in the Kingdom enjoy 0% tax and 100% foreign ownership allowed.

Thanks to its comprehensive programme of reforms, increasingly digital Bahrain was recently named the fourth most improved economy in the world by the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business report. As well as ranking first in the world for financial attractiveness in the AIRINC index, Manama also jumped 15 places for overall attractiveness, to 48th.

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About AIRINC’s methodology

The financial components are aggregated to calculate the net purchasing power of a typical salary in each city, and then converted to a common currency to allow comparison between locations. The Lifestyle metrics are weighted and grouped by category to result in a score out of 100 that allows objective assessment of the living conditions between cities. Both metrics are combined to reflect the importance of each, resulting in an overall score that allows easy city-to-city comparisons and rankings.

For more information, please contact:

Communications and Media Department

Economic Development Board

Phone: +973-17-589966

E-mail: internationalmedia@bahrainedb.com

About Bahrain Economic Development Board

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.

For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit www.bahrainedb.com; for information about Bahrain visit www.bahrain.com.

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