While in Washington, defense ties were discussed between the US and his H.H. Prince Salman bin Hamada Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Commander of Bahrain, who met with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon.
The home of the US Fifth Fleet is headquartered in the Gulf and has a long-lasting defense relationship, with a foundation of nearly seven decades of a US-Bahrain bilateral partnership.
In Berlin this week, Bahrain will discuss economic ties and is a Partner Country of the 16th Arab-German Business Conference held under great surveillance at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin from June 12-14, 2013. More than 800 leading experts and decision-makers from economy and politics will participate in the forum.
The conference topics will cover the main subjects of Arab-German business relations. On the agenda are: Security Technologies & IT, Logistics & Mobility, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Female Business, Construction, Smart & Downstream Industrialization, Family Business, Financial Services & Insurance, and Infrastructure.
Further to a report of GHORFA, the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry economic relations between the Arab world and Germany has experienced a boom in 2012. The growth of Arab exports to Germany exceeded all expectations and increased by nearly 23% compared to 2011. German exports to Arab countries also grew by around 17% compared to the previous year. The total trade volume between the Arab world and Germany amounted to 49 billion euro in 2012.
Among the speakers are H.E. Dr. Esam Abdulla Yousif Fakhro, Chairman, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Bahrain; H.E. Dr. Mohammad Halaiqah, Former Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Kingdom of Jordan; and H.E. Dieter W. Haller, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.