Top Bahraini execs set for Japan trade mission

Delegation led by Crown Prince of Bahrain to visit Japan in bid to strengthen trade links
Top Bahraini execs set for Japan trade mission
Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 16 Mar 2013 09:57 AM

A delegation of top business executives is set to visit Japan next week in a bid to strengthen trade relations.

The top-level visit, which begins on March 19, will be led by Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, First Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB).

"The visit aims to strengthen bilateral, political and trade relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan," said a statement.

The delegation will engage in high level talks with Japanese officials and private sector leaders, and will include meetings with leading businesses in Osaka and Tokyo.

"The roadshow provides an opportunity to boost links between Bahrain and Japan and the EDB has organised a number of one-to-one meetings for members of the private sector as well as visits to leading companies," the statement added.

Mahmood Al Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat and Fuad Kanoo, vice chairman, EK Kanoo Group are among the leading business figures included on the delegation.

Bahrain-Japan links are well developed and last year marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bahrain.

Japan is a key economic partner for Bahrain, and the kingdom is home to a number of major Japanese companies including Nomura Securities, Toyota Training Centre, Yokogawa, Daiwa Securities, Yamato Kogyo and SBI Pharmaceuticals.

Kamal bin Ahmed, acting chief executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board, said: "We are delighted to be visiting Japan again - the Japanese economy is one of the world's leading markets and our mutual ties go back many years.

"There are already 25 Japanese companies based in Bahrain and we are hopeful that these meetings generate further interest from firms looking to join them in using Bahrain to access the Gulf market."

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