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OPPORTUNITIES FOR OREGON BUSINESSES IN THE GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL

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Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway, Rm 236

Portland, OR 97201

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR
OREGON BUSINESSES IN

THE GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL:

BAHRAIN, KUWAIT, OMAN, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA,
& UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


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When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 8:30AM-12:00PM
Where:
Smith Memorial Student Union, Rm 236,
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201



Event Summary:

Oregon exported over $20.8 billion in goods and service to foreign markets in 2014. While most of the international trade has been Asia-focused, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) are emerging markets interested in importing American goods and diversifying their economies in many sectors that are also home to Oregon and the Greater Portland area. The GCC countries are seeking to diversify their hydrocarbon-based revenue and have U.S.- based companies to enter their economies in sectors such as information technology, entrepreneurship, renewable energy, and healthcare. As these markets continue to mature, businesses in Oregon can increase their international footprint by becoming partners in this diversification process.

On March 30, 2016, MENA Consultants – in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce -- will bring Embassy officials and regional experts together in Portland, Oregon for an event at Portland State University for companies to actively participate in learning about these six countries and determining where business opportunities may be in their respective industries.


Event Timeline:

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking (8:30AM-9:00AM)

Introductions and Program Overview (9:00AM-9:10AM)

Professor Ronald Tammen, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

Keynote Address (9:10AM-9:30AM)



Ambassador James B. Smith (Ret.)

President, Crowell & Moring International
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Country Panel (9:30AM-11:00AM)

Laura Lombard, Executive Director of MENA Consultants (Moderator)
Charles Kestenbaum, President, B&K International (United Arab Emirates)
Lucy Emerson, Country Representative, Bahrain Economic Development Board (Bahrain)
Shireen Said, Commercial Attache, Embassy of Oman (Oman)
Mohammed Barakat, Managing Director, US-Qatar Business Council (Qatar)

Sectors Panel (11:00AM-12:00PM)
John Stables, Economic Chief, Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State
Jim Beall, Partner, Summit Strategies
Nawzad Othman, CEO of The Othman Group

Event Concludes at 12:00PM

(Speakers are subject to change. More Speakers will be added. Check for updates on the registration page. )

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