Date: Thursday 6.4.2017 at 8.30-10.30
Venue: WTC Helsinki, Marski Hall, Aleksanterinkatu 17, 00100 Helsinki

Bahrain offers an ideal location for technology companies to access the fast-growing Middle East and GCC markets. It’s location in the centre of the region, with a direct road link to Saudi Arabia, the region’s largest market, offers companies a base in a liberal, supportive business environment.
Technology companies already in Bahrain include: Batelco, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Huawei, Kalaam Telecom, Lightspeed, Menatelecom, Microsoft, 2Connect, Viva (Saudi Telecom), Software AG, Tech Mahindra, TATA Consultancy Services, WIPRO and Zain.

8.30 Registration and coffee served

9.00 Welcome – Mr. Martti Haario, Chairman, Finnish-Arabic Trade Association

9.05 Why Bahrain for Technology Companies
Mr. John Kilmartin, Executive Director – ICT of the Bahrain Economic Development

John Kilmartin joined Bahrain Economic Development Board as Executive Director of ICT Division in 2016 to promote Bahrain as a regional hub to Technology companies. John previously worked with IDA Ireland for 8.5 years in a number of positions. Prior to IDA Ireland, he worked for 8 years as a management consultant with Deloitte.


10.15 Closing remarks

Mr. Kilmartin is accompanied by Ms. Ameena Al Shirawi, Executive, ICT – Business Development, Bahrain EDB and Mr. Geert Hovens, Director – Netherlands/Flanders/Denmark/Finland, Bahrain EDB

Bahrain Economic Development Board is a public agency with the overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate. The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages. These sectors include Financial Services, Manufacturing, ICT, Tourism & Leisure, Logistics and Transport. The Bahrain EDB Board is chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

More information about Bahrain Invest in Bahrain 2016

Registrations by 27.3. tai puh. 09-4242 6228.
There is no participation fee.