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Khalid Al Rumaihi addresses the meeting

Bahrain EDB draws $830m investments in 2018

MANAMA, January 8, 2019

Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the kingdom, attracted 92 companies and investments worth BD314 million ($830 million) during 2018. 
These achievements were announced at the annual EDB Reception that was attended by strategic partners from both the public and private sectors and more than 200 investors, industry peers, and officials.
The investments are expected to generate about 4,700 new job opportunities over the coming three years, across industries like Logistics, Manufacturing, Tourism, Real Estate, Education, Healthcare, ICT, and Finance.
In his keynote address to the audience, Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of Bahrain EDB, attributed the accomplishment to the visionary directives of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Chairman of the EDB,  along with Team Bahrain - a model of public-private sector collaboration. 
The Team Bahrain approach has proven to be successful in a number of initiatives throughout 2018 and is set to continue to enhance the investment climate and ease of doing business, he said. 
Al Rumaihi also reiterated the EDB’s goal of presenting the kingdom’s competitive advantages to international investors. These advantages include Bahrain’s high quality of life, low operating costs, strong ICT infrastructure, world-class regulation, and the highly-qualified local human capital. The EDB will continue to work with the relevant private and public sector organisations to ensure that Bahrain is recognised as the gateway to the Gulf and remains at the top of key international rankings like the Mena ICT Readiness Index (ITU), Global Islamic Finance Development Index by (Thomson Reuters), and the Global Connectedness Index (DHL), he said. 
In 2019, the EDB will build on the successes of the previous year, including by working towards hosting the biennial Gateway Gulf Investor Forum in 2020. The inaugural Forum, which took place in 2018, showcased projects worth $26 billion across sectors, he added. – TradeArabia News Service 

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