Introduction from Khalid Rashid Al Zayani OBE, Chairman of the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF)
Supporting business in Bahrain since 1995
Since its foundation, the mission of the BBBF has been clear and consistent: to promote trade, investment and meaningful business relationships between Bahrain and the UK.
The BBBF plays an important role within Bahrain; highlighting key sectors, exploring new directions and providing an instant network platform for new arrivals. One of the BBBF’s core objectives is to continue to enhance the economic interests of both the UK and Bahrain. We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the British Embassy and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
It is pleasing to see such a large number of British companies seeking to do business with Bahrain. We are also pleased to see increasing numbers of young professionals, both British and Bahraini alike, joining the Forum. With this next generation, the strong relationship between Bahrain and Britain will continue to grow in strength.
The Bahrain market remains pivotal to this ambitious growth strategy. It is clear that Bahrain is ideally placed to capitalise on this economic renaissance, with our geographic advantages linking us to Saudi Arabia by causeway, logistics hubs, regional cost competitiveness and most importantly, a diverse, deeply skilled and entrepreneurial workforce. The rise in interest continues from Bahraini companies interested in forging partnerships and joint ventures to harness British industrial expertise and technical know-how.
Today, the BBBF is an integral contributor to the great relationship between Bahrain and the UK. Since it formed in 1995, it has promoted trade relations between the UK and Bahrain as well as promoting Bahrain as a regional hub to do business. The special business relationship and close friendship that Bahrain and Britain have forged over hundreds of years serves both islands in good stead as we seek to undertake more business with each other in future years.
In looking ahead, we are determined to maintain and enhance our reputation as the key business Forum in the Gulf, promoting Bahrain as the regional centre from which to conduct business throughout the Middle East. This, coupled with our vision and drive, will enable us to provide more opportunities for networking and the development of long-term business relationships between members as well as with external partners.
Membership is open on both an individual and corporate basis to business people of any nationality who wish to promote the exchange of trade and services between Bahrain and Britain, whether resident in Bahrain or not.
With this in mind, I would encourage you to browse our site: www.bbbforum.org and consider how membership, or access to our network of members, may be beneficial to you.
Khalid Rashid Al Zayani OBE
Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF)
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