On September 23rd, the Arab-Hellenic Chamber organized the 5th Webinar on “Doing Business with the Arab World” (Somalia – Djibouti – Sudan), with the participation of more than 40 Greek companies. This online event was the first attempt by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber to present Somalia and Djibouti which, adding Sudan, constitute untapped markets for the Greek business community and offer vast opportunities for exploration by the curious minds and visionary business leaders.
Harris Geronikolas, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, delivered an introductory speech while, the Secretary General, Rashad Mabger, moderated the three sessions. The first one, on Sudan, included a welcoming speech by the Chargé d’ Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan in Athens, Mr. Abu Elgasim Ali, followed by presentations by Mr. Anthony Haggar, CEO of Haggar Group of Companies and Vice President of the Steering Committee of the Sudanese Businessmen & Employers Federation (SBEF) and Mr. Mohamed Suliman Hussein, General Manager, National Trading & Services Company, Member Of Bank of Khartoum Group, and Member of Steering Committee of SBEF, Sudan.
The second session focused on Somalia, with an introduction by Mr. Rufai Moustafa Shirwa, Executive Director, Sigma Ventures LTD, and Vice President, Tamkin Foundation, Somalia, and presentations by Mr. Abdullahi Yusuf Mohamed, Independent Researcher and Business Analyst and Mr. Khalid Moumin, Executive Director, Moumin Group of Companies MGC, Somalia, & Moumin General Trading LLC, UAE.
The third session, on Djibouti, included a presentation by Mr. Warsama Said Omar, Vice President of Djibouti Chamber of Commerce. The speakers discussed the investment opportunities and trade potentials offered by the three Arab markets for the Greek entrepreneur.
Mr. Orestis Kavalakis, the newly-appointed Secretary General of Private Investments & P.P.Ps. at the Ministry of Development & Investments of Greece and Board Member of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber, welcomed our online initiative and outlined the Greek Governmental program for extroversion and enhancing the trade balance with the three countries.
We would like to seize this opportunity to express our appreciation to our member-companies who have supported this event and continue to stand by our Chamber and its work. We look forward to hosting our next webinar, focusing on the markets of Iraq, Palestine and Syria.