An objective look at the processes taking place in the Middle East gives us grounds to believe that despite the numerous hotspots of geopolitical tension, business in the region is as active as ever and is trying to develop multilateral partnerships with companies from other regions. In the context of serious political disagreements between key regional players, business can be a bridge to help solve many of the problems in the Middle East. What are the conditions for doing business in the region today? How has the downturn in hydrocarbon prices provided an impetus to diversification strategies and opened the door for new investment opportunities in the region? Can the business community play a stabilizing role in the Middle East, and what tools could it use to do this?
Hadley Gamble , Reporter, CNBC
Arnaud Breuillac , President, Exploration & Production, Total S.A
H.E. Tarek Kabil , Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt
H.E. Dr. Alaa bin Abdullah Nassif , Chief Executive Officer, Royal Commission at Yanbu of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dimitris Tsitsiragos , Vice President, New Business, International Finance Corporation