Bahrain's PM calls on private sector to fight slowdown

Prime Minister makes rallying call to business leaders, pledges gov't support.
Bahrain's PM calls on private sector to fight slowdown
RALLYING CALL: Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 29 Apr 2009 07:35 AM

Bahrain's Prime Minister has made a rallying call to the Gulf state's private sector as the country continues to fight the impact of the global economic crisis.

"Your country needs you" was the message going out to Bahrain's business leaders from Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

"Though Bahrain has not been as hard-hit by the global financial meltdown as other countries, the government expects traders to help it firmly stand up to the repercussions of the crisis," he said in comments published by Gulf Daily News on Wednesday.

He was speaking as he opened the new BD10 million headquarters of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in Sanabis.

The Premier urged the BCCI to do much more to push commercial and industrial development and pledged full government backing.

He called for political and economic cohesion to help lift the entire region out of the global slump.

"The government and the private sector share the same vision to create a friendly environment that woos investors and help trade and industrial projects flourish," the Premier added.

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