Business Opportunities in Saudi Arabia
Economic and Cultural Dimensions Seminar on December 13
Teaneck, NJ (November 19, 2007) — The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and FDU’s Global Enterprise Network will present a seminar “Business Opportunities in Saudi Arabia” on Thursday, December 13, 2007, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Three outstanding experts will discuss the extensive opportunities for American business in Saudi Arabia. Edward Burton, president, United States–Saudi Arabian Business Council; will join Kam Shah, project manager, Middle East/North Africa Business Information Center, United States Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Riad Nasser, Ph.D., FDU Associate Professor of Sociology.
For more than 35 years, Saudi Arabian economic development has been broadly governed by five-year economic development plans. Early plans developed the Kingdom's infrastructure. Increasingly, the focus is on human resource and private sector development.
The latest plan, approved in 2005, emphasizes economic diversification and the increased importance of developing the non-oil sector. Keys to that process include the ongoing development of six new cities in the Kingdom with a wide array of supporting products and services.
In addition to learning about current business opportunities, the seminar will include information on understanding the culture, an essential component for effective commercial and financial enterprise. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable information on business opportunities as well as an increased understanding of the Arab world.
Edward Burton is the President and Managing Director of the U.S. Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC). His expertise lies in all U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) operations in Saudi Arabia, as he was responsible for all management, administrative and financial matters in the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Kingdom. Prior to his current appointment, Burton served as the Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Dickinson School of Law and received certified international trade and management training at the Thunderbird School of International Business and the Harvard School of Publishing.
Dr. Riad Nasser is an Associate Professor in Social Sciences and History at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His research focuses on regional Arab media and the regional and political forces competing to shape the new emerging Arab Middle Eastern collective identity. Dr. Nasser’s latest book is Palestinian Identity in Jordan and Israel: the Necessary ‘Other’ in the Making of a Nation. His expertise lies in helping to promote understanding between Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the “Green Line.” He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.
Kam Shah is Project Manager for the Middle East and North Africa Business Information Center in the office of U.S. Trade Promotion, U.S. Foreign and Commercial Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. He is an expert in international promotion, sales and marketing. His work involves the promotion of a regional program that encompasses sixteen markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Shah holds an MBA with a concentration in International Marketing.
The seminar, on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ, will be held in the Rutherford Room of the Student Union Building. It is located off River Road at Lone Pine Lane, close to Route 4.
A continental breakfast is included in the $35 registration fee. For information call: 201 692 2278