U.S. Middle East Free Trade Coalition and NFTC Trade & Finance Committee: Meeting with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority

Date: 3/5/09

Meeting with the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority

Please join us on Thursday, March 5, 2:30-3:30pm for a discussion with Dr. Awwad S. Al Awwad ‚Äì Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) at NFTC, 1625 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC. Dr. Al Awwad”s bio may be found at: http://www.nftc.org/default/2009temp/Dr%20Awwad_Bio.pdf

SAGIA serves a unique role, going far beyond the typical national investment promotion and facilitation agency, spearheading very specific policy reforms in the Kingdom to open Saudi Arabia to foreign investment and position the country in the top ten most competitive nations by 2010. Dr. Al Awwad also chairs the Saudi negotiating team for bilateral investment treaties and is the acting leader of the Saudi team responsible for WTO dispute resolution.

Dr. Al Awwad will discuss Saudi Arabia”s current investment climate, policy priorities in integrating the Kingdom more fully into the global economy and would like to hear first hand from U.S business on issues affecting the commercial relationship.