Arab Economic ForumFor the 19th consecutive year, the ArabEconomic Forum (AEF), formerly known asthe Arab Investment and Capital MarketsConference (ACM), will constitute a uniqueeconomic occasion in the Arab region.Established as a platform to discuss regionaleconomic and financial development, theconference has been evolving dynamically toreflect the changing economic landscape inthe region.
An Exclusive Opportunity for High-Level BusinessWith its 19 yearly consecutive editions all held in Beirut, TheArab Economic Forum has become the most influential,recurring economic and financial congress in the Arab region.The Forum has become indispensable as a medium for thestudy of regional economics, incorporating the latest eventsand developments affecting the business sector and bringingtogether prime ministers, central bankers, leading banking andfinance executives, investors and field experts.AEF has become the most recognized platform to debateideas, exchange views, launch initiatives and network withbusiness, government and civil society leaders from acrossthe region and other countries.
Prominent SpeakersAl-Iktissad Wal-Aamal’s worldwide network ofcontacts enables it to engage prominent speakerswho monitor all aspects of Arab and global markets. Forum panelists include prime ministers, ministers, policy-makers and other government officials, regional heads of world organizations, field experts, CEO’s of leading international and regional corporations and more. Forum speakers provide participants with cutting-edge information to help them keep pace with the fast-changing business climate.
NetworkingAEF helps to drive business betweenentrepreneurs and their potential clients. It’s athriving venue for the exchange of ideas andbusiness ventures. AEF participants are able to meet policy-makers, field experts, industry observers and media representatives. The accompanying exhibition allows participants to forge partnerships and formulate common goals for the development of their industries.
In memory of the late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri The Arab Economic Forum (AEF) 2005 was dedicated to the memory of the late Rafic Hariri, a prominent founder of AEF and its honorary chairman since 1996.His remarkable contribution tothe reconstruction and recoveryof Lebanon and his staunchsupport to economicdevelopment and free trade inthe region has been recognizedduring the Forum.
All through The Arab Economic Forum“The Rafic Harriri Leadership Award” was presented to:
“The Rafic Harriri Leadership Award”HE Dr. Umayya Toukan, Governor, Central Bank of JordanDr. Jassim Al Mannai, Director General Chairman, Arab Monetary FundHE Dr. Ali Zumae, Chairman and Managing Director, AREF Investment Group, KuwaitHE Abdullah Bahamdan, Chairman, The National Commercial Bank, Saudi ArabiaHE Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman, Municipality & Planning Department-Government of Ajman, UAEMr. Esam Y. Janahi, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Finance HouseMr. Yasser Malawani, Chairman, EFG-Hermes HoldingMr. Marzouk Nasser Al Kharafi, Deputy President, Kharafi Group of Companies; Chairman andManaging Director, Kuwait Food CO. Americana, Kuwait
In memory of the late MP Dr. Bassel FleihanThe Arab Economic Forum 2005 has launchedthe yearly awardBassel Fleihan Young Arab Leaders Award
“Bassel Fleihan Young Arab Leaders Award” was presented to:HE Dr. Jihad Azour, Minister of Finance, LebanonHE Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism DevelopmentAuthorityHE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs, Authority of the Government of AbuDhabiHE Robert Fadel, President of Young Entrepreneurs Program "Bader", and Vice Chairman of ABC,LebanonDr. Khater Massaad, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, UAE
Lifetime Achievement AwardsThe Lifetime Achievement Award is a salute to honor the life timeachievements of few of the most prominent figures that influenced the Arabworld economy.Throughout AEF, several lifetime achievement awards were presented to honor several prominent Arab figures.2010HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal Al Saud, Governor of Holy Makka, and Chairman of ArabThought Foundation, Saudi ArabiaHE Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister forEconomic Affairs and Minister of State for Development Affairs and Housing Affairs, Kuwait
Lifetime Achievement Awards 2009H.E. Fuad Siniora, President of the Council of Ministers, LebanonH.E. Eng. Nader Al Dahabi, Prime Minister, JordanH.E. Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al Sabah, Governor, Central Bank of Kuwait
Lifetime Achievement Awards 2008H.E. Abdallah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energyand Industry, QatarH.E. Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldine, Minister of Investment, EgyptH.E. Ghassan Tuéni, Member of the Lebanese Parliament, and CEO and Chairmanof An-Nahar Newspaper, Lebanon
Lifetime Achievement Awards 2007H.E. Ali Bin Ibrahim Al Noaimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources,Saudi ArabiaH.E. Badr Al Humaidi, Minister of Finance, KuwaitMr. Faisal Hamad Al Ayyar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer,Kuwait Projects Co. (Holding)Dr. Naaman Al Azhari, Chairman General Manager, BLOM Bank, LebanonDr. Jospeh Torbey, Chairman, Union of Arab Banks
Lifetime Achievement Awards 2006HE Amr Dabbagh, Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, Saudi ArabiaDr. Abdul Rahman A. Al Zamel, Chairmam, Zamel Group, Saudi ArabiaMr. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, EMAAR PropertiesDr. Saad Hamad Al Barrak, Chief Executive Officer, MTC Group
Lifetime Achievement Awards 2003 HE Adbullatif Al Hamad, Chairman & General Manager, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development HE Adnan Kassar, Minister of Economy, Lebanon 2004 Ms. Lubna Olayan, Chief Executive Officer, Olayan Financing CompanyHH Mohammed Bin Rashed AlMaktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE,Ruler of DubaiHE Dr. Ibrahim Al Assaf, Minister ofFinance, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2002 2001HE Riad Salame, Governor, Central HE Mohammad Abalkhail, Former Minister ofBank of Lebanon Finance and National Economy, Saudi ArabiaMr. Juma Al Majid, Chairman,Juma Al Majid Group, UAE Mr. Said Khoury, Chairman, Consolidated Contractors Co. 2000Sheikh Hamad Al Sayyari, Governor,Saudi Arabian Monetary AgencyMr. Abed Al Majid Shooman, CEO &Chairman, Arab Bank Group
Participant ProfileLarge attendance by government leaders, ministers,officials and representatives of inter-governmentalorganizationsA majority of attendants is from the top-managementtierIncreasing participation by individual investors,analysts, experts and the middle management levels
Facts & FiguresFrom 2003 to 2010, Forum attendance increased by53.2%The number of prime ministers, ministers and officialsrose by 65.5%In 2010 16% of speakers were Royalty and Prime Ministers. 41% of speakers were ministers and central bank governors 43% of speakers were CEOs, top-level executives & field experts
SponsorshipA large number of sponsors seek out this Forum to obtain aunique chance to secure maximum exposure in terms ofvisibility, through the media, speaking opportunities, networkingor access to senior government officials.Year after year, AEF was sponsored and supported by the mostprominent Arab and International groups and institutions, andreceived excellent exposure in terms of visibility and networking.We wish to thank them for their continuous support that madethem part of the AEF history:
ExhibitionThe accompanying exhibition allowsbusinesses to: Network with decision-makers, officials and the media; Disseminate news and information about their organization; Hold meetings at their booths; Create partnerships with fellow business associates; Receive media coverage.
Media AttendanceThe Forum attracted over 150 international and regional media representatives Print media accounted for 45% of coverage TV and Radio accounted for 38% International and regional news agencies accounted for 17%
About Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group is a pioneering Group building bridgesbetween business sectors in the Arab world for the past 3 decades sinceits establishment in year 1979. The Group combines publishing activities with organizing conferencesand events that promote investment and commercial businesses,focusing their discussions on Arab economies through choosing timelytopics and attracting competent speakers, officials and participants inaddition to a wide contact network and well-known organization.The Group publishes 5 magazines that diversify between economic, social andtechnical specialties. The flagship of our Group is Al-Iktissad Wal-AamalMagazine, the eldest member of our Group and one of the widest expandingbusiness magazines in the Arab world.The Group also publishes Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Al Lubnaniya, specialized inthe Lebanese economy, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Al Magharibiya, specialized inthe North African economy, Al Defaiya Magazine, specialized in Defense andmilitary systems and Al Hasnaa which is considered the most prestigiouswomen and social magazine in the Arab world.
About Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal ConferencesWith more than 20 global conferences a year, and an increasing number of major foreignpartners, Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal Conferences have become the premier powerhouse ofbusiness to business networking, communications and project and trade promotion in thebroader MENA region. Our conferences cover almost every aspect of business within orbetween the broader MENA region and other major markets worldwide, concentrating oninvestment promotion in these markets. We also cover specialized events for globalindustries such as banking, telecommunications, oil and gas, insurance, trade, finance,investment promotion and tourism.The Groups market leadership in the conference business is demonstrated in the growingnumber of annual events it organizes, its sectoral and geographical spread as well as thenumber -and caliber- of attendees, speakers and global sponsors. We are organizingconferences in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Morocco, Algeria,Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Sudan, Turkey, Germany and Spain.Moreover, due to our extensive agenda of global business events, both regional andinternational, the Group has become an indispensable venue for positioning countries andbusinesses in this multi-billion dollar market and exploring businesses opportunities on aone-to-one level with leading government and business leaders, institutional investors andinfluential decision makers in this fastest growing region.Our conferences are gaining popularity because they are designed not as talking shops orimpressive forums for delivering memorable speeches, but as a real vehicle that integratesconference business with the basic concept of business networking and needs.
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