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The Gulf Enterprise Meet moves up a gear

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, June 22 - 2004 @ 16:24

The aim of GEM is to find ways to increase the number of people setting up their own business in the Gulf. Ahmed Al Dheeb, Executive President, Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) and organizer of GEM, said, “Levels of entrepreneurship have lifted, there is still more to be done, particularly in terms of catching up with US and Europe.”

“Encouraging people to set-up in business is a vital factor in boosting the region’s economy and enabling Gulf countries to move up the global productivity league table,” said Mohammed Al Ghassani, Director, Knowledge Oasis Muscat and GEM moderator

The twenty-seven strong presenter line-up will be talking about HRD, ICT, finance, manufacturing, marketing and intellectual property – issues that are important to the Gulf’s small business community. Delegates will also be looking at regional disparities in the number of people setting up businesses and how they can be addressed. Proposals for making it easier for fledgling companies to raise cash will also be explored.

“This is a very exciting initiative”, said Graham Porter, Marketing Manager, MENA Region, Sun Microsystems. “There’s no other innovation and entrepreneurship event like GEM in the Gulf. In fact, its timing is ideal, creating such an annual forum, PEIE should be applauded for what it’s doing.”

Mohammed Al Rasbi, Founder and CEO, R&D, and a tenant in the Knowledge Mine, a 3G business incubator program at Knowledge Oasis Muscat, commented, “As a young start-up business, I’m delighted that the Omani authorities have created such an impressive event – the two-day agenda will tackle a variety of topics, and as a young entrepreneur, these are highly relevant to my day-to-day business activities.”

The list of GEM presenters reads names like James Hogan, President and CEO, Gulf Air; Dr. Boris Nemsic, CEO, Mobilkom, Austria; Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center; Sir Alan Munro, Deputy Vice Chairman, Arab – British Chamber of Commerce; Tayeb Dajani, Founder and MD, Atlas International; Dan Murton, Director, International Marketing, NCipher; Colin Craig OBE, Director, MerchantBridge; Mark Eaton, Director, Manufacturing Advisory Service; and Nicola Le Page, Campaign Manager, MADE in London. With this kind of line-up the organizers are expecting an equally impressive audience.

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