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Oman’s premier business forum opens tomorrow

Oman: Sunday, December 07 - 2003 @ 09:19

This one-day high-powered gathering of leading executives in the country, billed as Oman’s Premier Business Forum, begins at 7.20am with welcome coffee and distribution of conference material. Presentations begin at 8.15am. ‘It is an early start for a conference’, admitted Michael Crawley of conference organiser, Intevents, ‘But when you have 10 top speakers, 6 open-floor forums, 3 refreshment and networking breaks and a 5-star luncheon… you need to take advantage of the whole business day’ he added.

Opening the conference, the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo MP, former UK Defence Secretary, reviews the events of 2003 and offers his perceptive comments on a difficult year for the region. Joining him on the executive speaker panel, David Cass, Regional Media Adviser, submits a business appraisal of the past 12 months as well as giving reaction from the recently held US-Arab Economic Forum. The conference resumes with an Exclusive US Government Special Report entitled ‘Doing Business in Iraq’ before focussing on Oman 2003 – Business Performance with Fincorp’s charismatic CEO, Haythem Macki, followed by an interesting question from international consultants KPMG… “How do you know how well your business strategy is performing?” – Discover the root causes of why effectively formulated strategies still fail. “It is often the case that companies spend a lot of energy devising business strategies and then dilute the plans effectiveness’ by failing to execute them correctly” explained conference speaker Michael Armstrong, Partner In-charge Oman, KPMG.

Following the 5 star luncheon we continue with Oman 2004 – Business Expectations. Dr Fuaad Sajwani, Vice President at the Central Bank of Oman is joined by Fincorp and Trowers & Hamlins, to look ahead to corporate activity trends, financial market reforms and commercial companies law in 2004. Mid-afternoon concludes with a showcase on essential leadership skills and management growth from European management experts IDC.

We return from the break with our concluding session. This hard-hitting 1hr 45minute finale certainly does not pull its punches. Kicking off with Special International Guest Speaker, Fred McMahon, Director, Centre for Globalisation Studies at the Fraser Institute, we look at Oman’s ranking in the top 20 most liberal economies in the world and ask what it actually means, how can Oman climb the rankings and does it really want to? Conference chairman, David Cass, sums the day up and keynote speaker Michael Portillo returns with a look at what’s in store for the region in the coming years and offers his thoughts on the GCC’s ambitions to become a stronger trading bloc, single custom tariffs and a possible common currency.

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