Tuesday, September 16, 2003
[LANSING] – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that she will address world leaders at the opening dinner of the upcoming U.S.-Arab Economic Forum. The forum, to be held in Detroit from September 28-30, will bring together an impressive collection of leaders from around the globe, including U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Crown Prince of Bahrain Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, as well as the CEOs of Boeing, GM, HP, Intel, Pepsi, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil and many others.
“In an increasingly global economy, Michigan is forging new partnerships with nations well beyond our borders,” Granholm said. “The choice of Michigan as the site for this historic forum acknowledges that we are one of the world’s top manufacturing and technology job creation and business attraction leaders. The presence of major Arab leaders here will provide us with a special opportunity to explore economic opportunities with our friends in the Middle East nations.”
More than 150 leaders from politics, business and foundations/cultural institutions in both the U.S. and Arab worlds are scheduled to speak. The Governor’s Office will serve as one of the hosts for the gala dinner, as will Michigan’s congressional delegation, among others. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will open the conference at a reception. David Hollister, the director of the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, will spread the Michigan business message in his address to the group. Teri Takai, Michigan’s Chief Information Officer, will serve on the panel entitled “E-Governments for Change: Keeping the Promise of a Connected World.”
“We can’t say enough about the support of the Governor, the city and the state on this. Michigan has long been a home for Arab Americans and Arab immigrants. This conference should also help grow trade between our two worlds, so that Michigan, the nation, and the entire world can benefit from improved business relationships,” said Sam Hamdan, Chief Strategist for the Forum and President of the Global Leadership Team, which is planning the forum.
More information on the forum is available online at www.usaeforum.org.
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