Problems faced by expat businessmen discussed
Manama, January 14, 2014
More than 100 Asian businessmen met Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) members and discussed the problems they faced.
The meeting was attended by former president of businessmen's society Khalid Almoayyed, Asian businessmen's committee president Othman Sharif, industry committee president Abdulhameed Al Kooheji, gold and jewellery committee president Mohammed Sajid Shaikh, youth businessmen's committee president Khalid Al Ameen, transport committee president Abdulhakeem Al Shimary, Tamkeen board member Isa Abdulraheem and exhibitions and promotions committee president Khadem Al Saeed, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
They discussed delays at King Fahad Causeway as well as the attitude of some government employees towards foreign businessmen, according to a report in Akhbar Al Khaleej.
They said this might have a negative impact on the economy as some might contemplate moving business to neighbouring countries.
On behalf of the Asian businessmen, Hussain Al Mualim urged BCCI to allocate at least two days to meet expat businessmen without appointment.
He said expat businessmen find it difficult to express their views and submit complaints to BCCI members.
He pointed out that some Gulf countries allocate specific quota for foreign investors in their chambers of commerce and industry.
Almoayyed said some countries provide special facilities for foreign investors, such as quick visas, hotline or green-lines in government and immigration departments.
Shaikh said the leadership in Bahrain is making tremendous efforts to attract investors, which are reflected in their visits to various countries.
"Following all these efforts, it doesn't make sense to allow foreign investors to face inappropriate treatment. They should be protected and obstacles within the legal framework removed," he added. Shaikh said he has received many complaints from foreign investors.
"I am keen to communicate with them on behalf of BCCI," he said. - TradeArabia News Service