Doing Business in Saudi Arabia -- Sept. 25

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

Southern New Hampshire University
Corcoran Conference Room – Student Center
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007
9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $25

*Please note: this event is now SOLD OUT.

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Saudi Arabia is one of the top trading and investment partners for the Northeast U.S. companies that are currently doing business in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia provides excellent growth opportunities for New Hampshire companies in a number of diverse industries and is going to be seeing $ 700 Billion in Economic Growth due to the need of new infrastructure. There are Bilateral ties between US & Saudi Arabia which makes business opportunities more accessible for New Hampshire companies.  Join the International Trade Resource Center on September 25th in Manchester, NH, to discuss these opportunities as well as cultural issues to be aware of when considering doing business in Saudi Arabia.

Top export opportunities exist in the following sectors:

  • Medical Equipment- They are developing new hospitals within the next five years which will yield $8 billion in spending in the medical market.
  • Mining - Rock minerals such as titanium are used in catalytic converters.
  • Oil/Gas Field Machinery - $100 Billion will be spent on Petrol Gasoline over the next ten years.
  • Security/Safety Equipment- Port Security & Inspections are not up to par.  They are looking to spend billions in this area because they are in need of higher security.
  • Telecommunications Services- The telecommunication area is also a great area that needs expanding, currently Motorola is the only existing company.
  • Transportation Services- There are thee new rail projects as well as new roadway systems that offer contract opportunities.

There are five new cities that are breaking ground in Saudi Arabia.  This will open up a need for further exports in the following sectors as well:

  • Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Equipment
  • Automotive Parts/Service Equipment
  • Computer Services
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Financial & Insurance Services
  • Furniture
  • Water Resources Equipment & Services


Edward Burton, President,US Saudi Arabian Business Council

Edward Burton was appointed President and Managing Director of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council in March 2006. The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council was established in December 1993 to improve the mutual knowledge and understanding between the private sectors of the United States and Saudi Arabia, and to promote trade and investment between the two countries.  Prior to joining the Business Council, Mr. Burton served as the Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was responsible for all U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) operations in Saudi Arabia and had oversight of all USFCS management, administrative and fiscal matters in the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the Kingdom.

Mohamed Eddefaa, Independent Consultant

Mohamed Eddefaa has worked for many years in the field of education. His experience includes: Assistant Professor of Communication and Cultural Expression at The University Hassan the Second in Casablanca in Morocco; an Instructor in different colleges in New Hampshire and Massachusetts; a High School Teacher of French and Arabic at Merrimack, NH; a Consultant for the European Union Services in Morocco; and a Cultural Consultant for corporations in Morocco, Europe and the United States.

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