Preparations are underway to host a Middle East and North African (MENA) focused export forum in Orange next Wednesday 27 September at Quest Hotel.

The event is set to educate potential and existing exporters about selling their goods and services in the lucrative MENA region – The Middle East and North Africa, and is a chance to make valuable contacts with key stakeholders from the region taking part in the forum.

Co-hosted by the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Regional Development Australia Central West, and Investment NSW, guest speakers and participants will be joining from the MENA region and Australia.

 RDA Central West Director Steven Bowman said that as Australia looks towards exploring new export markets, MENA region presents a wealth of trading and investment potential for Australian regional businesses.

“Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, the MENA region is a hub for global trade and commerce providing a unique opportunity for regional businesses in Australia to expand and diversify into new markets,” said Mr Bowman.

The MENA is experiencing remarkable economic growth combined with a rapidly growing population that is expected to reach 700 million by 2050 representing significant opportunities for regional businesses in Australia to expand their customer base into new markets in priority sectors such as food and agriculture, energy, mining, education, advanced technology, health, defence, space, and infrastructure.

“We welcome all Central West export stakeholders to join us for a Middle East inspired networking lunch followed by a jam-packed forum – if you want to make contacts and learn how to export to the MENA region, this is the place to be next Wednesday,” said Mr. Bowman.

Line up of speakers:

Steven Bowman, Director – Regional Development Australia Central West

Brent Bannister – Senior Export Adviser / Austrade Tradestart Adviser Investment NSW

Moin Anwar, Trade and Investment Commissioner – NSW Government – based in Dubai

Mohamed Hage OAM, President and National Chairman – Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ali Ashgar Shah, Associate Director – India and the Middle East, Global Markets | Trade and International, Investment NSW | Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade

Stuart Smith, Vebiz

Lived experience case study speakers, – to be announced

Tickets are $25 and include a Middle East inspired lunch. Attendees can register for online attendance for free via Eventbrite:

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