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19 - 22 November 

Nikola Zukalová


Kingdom of Bahrain

Tuesday, 20 November—Bahrainis around the world chose their representatives in the parliamentary elections in 29 diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of Bahrain abroad. Bahrainis in the Kingdom will go to the polls on Saturday, 24 November. This is the 5th legislative term since the first parliamentary elections in October 2002, when all citizens of the Kingdom were granted the right to vote as well as to be elected.

Wednesday, 21 November—Chairman of the Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT), Dr Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Khalid, signed an agreement with CEO of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), Ahmed Al-Ibrahim, on cooperation, expertise exchange as well as studies and research, mainly in renewable energy sector and energy security, which should help Bahrain to fulfil the goals of its Economic Vision 2030.

State of Kuwait

Wednesday, 21 November—Kuwait hosted the 56th Meeting of the Commercial Cooperation Commission of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretariat General, attended by GCC Ministers of Commerce and Industry and Secretary General, Abulatif Al-Zayani. The agenda included addressing obstacles for establishing common GCC market, adoption of digital system for Arab resolutions in commerce, GCC policies’ and legislative unification. Kuwait’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khaled Al-Roudhan, stressed the role of partnerships between public and private sectors for economic correlation and unity in the GCC. The officials were later received by the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Thursday, 22 November—The first Kuwait-China Investment forum was held in Shanghai under the auspices of Kuwait’s Finance Minister, Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf, to discuss investment opportunities in Kuwait and the attractiveness of its market for Chinese investors. The two countries strive to increase bilateral economic cooperation to achieve New Kuwait 2030 economic vision and China’s Belt and Road Initiative as they partnered to revive the historic Silk Road and establish a large commercial zone.

Sultanate of Oman