'Invest in IT' to be main theme at Arab Businessmen and Investors conference

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced today that it will host the 9th conference of Arab Businessmen and Investors, held in Dubai from 12-14 November 2001.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  September 25, 2001

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced today that it will host the 9th conference of Arab Businessmen and Investors, held in Dubai from 12-14 November 2001.

The conference is organized by the Arab League, Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation, General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

The conference, which was created in 1982, is held every two years in a major Arab city. Previous conferences have been held in North Africa, the Levant and the Gulf region. The last conference held in Tunisia focused on Free Trade Zones in the Middle East. The theme of upcoming conference in Dubai will be ‘Invest in IT’. Participants will include companies from the Arab World, Europe and the Far East.

According to Abdul Rahman Al Mutaiwee, director general, DCCI700 delegates will participate at the conference including ministers, senior officials and representatives of government bodies in Arab Countries as well as chairman and managing directors from private sector companies. According to Mutaiwee, “the objective of the conference is to provide an opportunity for Arab businessmen and investors to network, while highlighting existing investment opportunities, debate restraints on Arab investment and examine solutions, debate private and public investment policies.”

Commenting on the ‘Invest in IT’ theme, Mutaiwee explained that it “has been selected as the primary focus because information is now the base of the new economy in the digital age making investment in IT an essential component of economic success.”

Agenda and Documentation: Conference's agenda will address the following topics:
- Investment in United Arab Emirates.
- Dubai Internet City: Investment Scopes and Opportunities.
- Investment in Information Technology & Future Prospects
- Supporting Environment For Investment in Information Technology
- Legal Supporting Environment for Investment in Information Technology.
- Information Technology Industry in the Arab Countries.
- Promotion of Investment in Information Technology - Opportunities & Experiences from some Arab Countries

Speakers at the conference will include: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai; H.E. Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, H.E. Dr. Fouad Zo’obi, Jordan’s minister of communications, H.E. Najeeb Mikati, Lebanon’s minister of public affairs and transport; the President of the General Union of Chambers of Conference, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries, President of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, Arab League.

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