U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Published: January 9, 2010

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Editor’s Note:

The Committee for International Trade of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council in Washington have announced a major conference set for this spring in Chicago addressing bilateral business opportunities. The two-day event, presented in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce, will bring together distinguished speakers and panelists who will address a broad spectrum of topics in the arena of U.S.-Saudi business opportunities. SUSRIS is pleased today to bring you information about the Forum’s focus and a list of some of the invited personalities, announced by the organizers, so you can mark your calendar to attend this extraordinary event.

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U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum
April 28-29, 2010
Sheraton Hotel and Towers
Chicago Illinois

In light of Saudi Arabia’s growing role in global financial and economic issues and the need for a collaborative U.S.-Saudi relationship in these areas, this two-day event will provide an opportunity for senior businesspeople and high-level government officials from both countries to discuss prospects for greater economic cooperation as well as develop new and lasting business ties.

The Forum will feature Davos-style panels, keynote addresses, and concurrent breakout sessions. The event will have broad media coverage and offer successful networking opportunities with an emphasis on identifying specific commercial and investment opportunities, particularly for small and medium sized companies.

Invited Speakers

  • H.H. Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, Minister of Education
  • Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance*
  • Abdullah Alireza, Minister of Commerce and Industry*
  • Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum & Minerals*
  • Muhammad Al-Jasser, Governor, SAMA*
  • Amr Dabbagh, Governor, SAGIA
  • Abdulrahman Al-Tuwaijri, Governor, Capital Market Authority
  • Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to U.S.
  • Dr. Abdulrahman Al Saeed, Advisor, Royal Court
  • Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce
  • Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury
  • Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
  • Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Karen Mills, Administrator, SBA
  • James Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

* Confirmed

Sessions will feature senior executives from U.S. companies currently engaged successfully in the Saudi market along with Saudi government or private-sector individuals expert in the field. Specific and immediate business opportunities will be presented offering profit-making potential for U.S. firms. Breakout topics will include:

  • Saudi Arabia’s Energy Sector
  • Finance and Investment
  • Information Technology
  • Water and Electricity
  • Petrochemicals and Plastics Manufacturing
  • Saudi Arabia’s Construction Sector
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprises