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Bahrain for Women Executives:
The Economic, Business and Policy Landscape

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This exclusive four day peer-to-peer learning program, presented in collaboration with the Bahrain Embassy and their Trade Representative, will take place in Bahrain and is designed to give high level women executives an academic and business overview of that country as well as specific insight when considering business opportunities in Bahrain. The academic program will focus primarily on understanding the key areas that are critical when structuring an effective business relationship regardless of whether the relationship is a joint venture, a co-marketing opportunity, a merger, an acquisition or other business structure.

The program will also provide cultural competency training from AU's Intercultural Management Institute on issues when doing business in the Middle East and will incorporate an online module that participants access both in preparation for the program and as a follow-up to the program. While in Bahrain, in addition to meeting with a variety of high level government officials and private business leaders, participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions around structuring effective business agreements in this context and specifically identifying those critical areas and clauses that businesses often overlook when structuring deals, resulting in agreements that may not reflect the original intent of the parties.  

INSTRUCTIONAL SESSIONS

There will be three online instructional sessions led by American University Faculty prior to the commencement of the travel part of the program on October 2nd. Participants will be able to access the online sessions at their convenience. There will also be end of day American University Faculty led discussions while in Bahrain, with the goal of tying in some of the major principles presented during the Instructional Sessions to specific questions or opportunities that may arise during the program.  

Two of the Instructional Sessions will focus on identifying those issues that can be critical but overlooked in structuring deals, specifically: (1) a variety of different deal terms and components that are critical when negotiating a deal, where the failure to identify them from the outset can often jeopardize the ability to close the deal and (2) how to prioritize those components so that they do not create future "land-mines" in the deal. The third Instructional Session will focus on issues around Cultural Competency when doing business in that region and specifically some of the major issues of interest for women executives seeking to do business in the Middle East.  

AGENDA:  

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2nd, 2015:  

TRAVEL TO BAHRAIN

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3rd, 2015:

ARRIVE BAHRAIN
6PM: WELCOME PROGRAM Discussion with the Trade Representative for Bahrain with an overview of trade policies and the business climate in Bahrain. This initial meeting will be an opportunity for Participants to gain a better understanding of Bahrain's position vis a vis other Gulf states, its business relationships with some of its close neighbors like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a general overview of foreign investment parameters and some of the immediate business opportunities. In addition general information on the cultural, political and economic climate in Bahrain given current events in the region will also be presented. 

Dinner on your own;Opportunity to tour the Souk and the Gold Market

DAY TWO: SUNDAY OCTOBER 4TH, 2015 

MEETINGS AT THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WITH BAHRAINI BUSINESS LEADERS 

This event will be hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and will be an opportunity for Participants to meet with local business leaders in a variety of fields. The American Chamber business community includes representatives from a wide variety of business sectors including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, technology IT, technology and import/export. Participants will have the opportunity for informal discussions with Chamber members who are business leaders in their areas of interest.   

Hosted Lunch 

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND THE BAHRAIN INVESTORS CENTRE: 

These two organizations have the primary responsibility for business development in Bahrain and are the primary agencies responsible for providing guidance and assistance for organizations seeking to do business in Bahrain either as joint ventures or partnerships with Bahraini businesses or as new ventures being established in Bahrain, including subsidiaries of multi-national enterprises. Participants will meet with senior executives and will have a unique opportunity to receive specific sector focused information on investment policies, requirements and processes. 

Instructional Session/Wrap Up Discussions led by American University Adjunct Faculty  

DAY THREE: MONDAY OCTOBER 5th, 2015 

MEETING WITH THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF WOMEN

The Supreme Council of Women is the primary Advisory body to the government on women's issues, serving and advancing Bahraini women. The Supreme Council of Women promotes women's rights and participation in the political, business and social arenas, including the promotion of female political candidates in local elections. The organization works closely with women's rights groups and was responsible for introducing  a unified personal status law and work. Discussions will likely center around opportunities for US women business leaders to do business with Bahraini business women leaders and opportunities to promote mutually beneficial relationships between Bahraini women leaders and their US counterparts. 

MEETINGS AT THE BAHRAIN BUSINESSWOMEN'S SOCIETY 

This organization is part of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and promotes business, international trade, joint ventures and other business opportunities with women owned/controlled businesses in Bahrain. These meetings will likely parallel the initial meetings at the American Chamber of Commerce in terms of the variety of sectors represented, with the primary difference being the opportunity to meet with women business leaders in Bahrain. 

Instructional Session/Wrap Up Discussions led by American University Adjunct Faculty Hosted Dinner at a Private Home 

DAY FOUR: TUESDAY OCTOBER 6TH,2015 

MEETING AT THE OFFICES OF THE FINANCE MINISTER 

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the offices of the Finance Minister and certain members of his senior staff. The Ministry works with the Central Bank of Bahrain and determines financial legislation, investments, including Sovereign Wealth Fund investments, oversight of the Capital markets in Bahrain and related matters.  

MEETINGS AT THE BAHRAIN CHAMBER FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION 

The Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution is the primary forum for dispute resolution between business entities both foreign and Bahraini in Bahrain and has partnered with the American Arbitration Association in this area. These meetings are designed to give Participants general insight and understanding of the dispute resolution system in Bahrain that is likely to be the governing entity for mediating disputes between business entities.  

Closing Instructional Session/Wrap Up Discussions led by American University Adjunct Faculty 

FAREWELL DINNER  

PROGRAM COST

$3999/Per Person
Participants cover their own airfare, approximately $1,200 - $1,700

Hotel: 

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel\ $192/night includes all taxes and breakfast daily 

PAYMENT/REGISTRATION 

$500/Non-Refundable Deposit due July 20, 2015 

Balance of Program Fee due: August 20, 2015 

Maximum Number of Participants: 12 

For more information 

Please contact Lisa F. Jones, Esq., Special Advisor to the Dean for the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies

Tel: (202) 885-5498

Cell: (310) 866-1148 

Email: lfairchildjones@gmail.com

For more information

Please contact Lisa F. Jones, Esq., Special Advisor to the Dean for the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies

Tel: (202) 885-5498

Cell: (310) 866-1148 

Email: lfairchildjones@gmail.com