We Believe in the Power of Innovation Ecosystems to Uplift the Human Condition
Welcome to the Global Innovation Summit (www.innosummit.com) on February 17-19, 2014. It is a conference in Silicon Valley on how to foster the growth of innovation ecosystems. The event seeks to catalyze systemic, sustainable innovation across organizations, communities, and countries. It is part of Global Innovation Week which is consortium of 16 leading groups throughout the Bay Area that have agreed to co-host affiliated activities related to innovation ecosystems.
The mission is to make geography irrelevant to innovation. With a belief that every innovator deserves a fighting chance to develop their ideas, build their enterprises, and impact the world by creating new solutions to great challenges. The inaugural event saw more than 400 delegates from 49 countries. They are anticipating exponential growth this year. The diverse stakeholders include: entrepreneurs, inventors, policymakers, business executives, social impact actors, investors, academics, professionals, artists, economic developers, and many others.
The overall goal of the Summit is to enable the development of ecosystems that support innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs inorder to generate jobs, create wealth, and stimulate economic growth in both developed and developing countries. To do so, the event seeks to: (1) provide opportunities for "innovation ecosystem builders" from around the world to connect, interact, and share, (2) teach insights on what makes innovation ecosystems thrive, (3) give practitioners new tools to foster systemic, sustainable innovation across their organizations and communities, and (4) design and create prototype innovation ecosystem solutions for real-world problems during the Summit itself.
The four major themes for the Summit are: design, capital, technology, and megatrends. The event will feature expert speakers in each of these areas, but the format will be primarily hands-on, informal, and interactive. The vast majority of the speaker sessions will take place without a formal stage, and none will involve tedious presentations. Instead, sessions will be primarily unscripted, casual, and in-the-round, to foster a highly engaged discussion.
For more information on the event and to receive an invitation visit www.innosummit.com. I hope to see you there. It promises to be a thought-provoking few days.
International Franchise Conference
The Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce are organizing the first “International Franchise Conference.” The conference being held November 6 & 7 in Abu Dhabi will promote U.S. franchising opportunities in the GCC region. For more information about the conference, speakers, and registration, please visit http://internationalfranchiseconference.com/.
His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Oman’s Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), is leading a high-level trade & investment mission to the United States on October 23 – 31, 2013. The Road Show delegation will consist of more than 30 business and government leaders, including Oman’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Hunaina Al-Mughairy, and the U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, the Honorable Greta C. Holtz.
The delegation will visit three cities: Houston, Texas (October 23 – 24); Chicago, Illinois (October 25 – 28); New York City (October 29 – 31). The focus of the Road Show will be on marketing the Sultanate of Oman as a trade and investment destination, emphasizing that nation’s key geostrategic location, infrastructure, and incentives, as well as the benefits of the U.S. – Oman Free Trade Agreement. High priority sectors to be targeted include: Transportation, Logistics, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Tourism.
U.S. companies interested in participating in the road show should register at: http://www.omanroadshow.com/registration.html
C3 U.S.-Arab Summit: featuring former President Bill Clinton; Monday October 7, New York City
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service and cosponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, C3 Summit is an exclusive event dedicated to building new relationships, fostering existing partnerships and exchanging best practices between the U.S. and the Arab world by building a cohesive global community through collaboration and international commerce.
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Upcoming Direct Line For American Business Webinar
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 1900 Muscat time
Topic: Opportunities for Private Equity Fund Management in Oman
Host: Ambassador Greta C. Holtz
- TBC-H.E. Abdulsalam Al Murshidi, CEO, State General Reserve Fund (SGRF)
- Fabio Scacciavillani, Chief Economist, Oman Investment Fund (OIF)
- George Sandars, Senior Partner, Dentons Oman
Senior representatives of the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) and Oman Investment Fund (OIF) will provide an overview of Oman’s external investment objectives and strategy. Senior corporate lawyers from SNR Dentons with significant experience assisting U.S. companies to take advantage of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement will provide an overview of doing business in Oman, with particular emphasis on the financial services provisions of the FTA. The webinar will serve as an informational precursor to a U.S. Commerce Department-led private equity matchmaking delegation to Oman and the region this December.
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Interested in Investing In America? Attend the Select USA Summit Oct 31, 2013 in Washington. By attending the Summit, you will be able to connect with foreign and domestic investors, senior Administration officials, and state and local officials. In addition, you will learn how to more effectively identify, target, and execute your investment strategy. President Obama, along with U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, Treasury, Trade, and State, will Attend the Summit, along with several CEOs. See Press Release [PDF 134KB]
At the Crossroads of Global Shipping: Investment, Logistics, & Manufacturing Opportunities under the U.S.-Oman FTA
Join us for a live webinar on Investment Opportunities in Oman’s Ports & Free Zones on Wednesday July 3 at 19:30 Muscat time!
Omani Trade Delegation to Automechanika 2013
The Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Muscat is organizing an official delegation to Automechanika 2013, June 11-13, 2013 in Dubai, UAE. We invite you to be a member of our first annual delegation from Oman. For further information about this mission, please contact: Ms. Ida Mathew, E-mail: MathewIS@state.gov, Tel: 968-2464-3784.
Omani Trade Delegation to OTC 2013
The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy is organizing a delegation to the Offshore Technology Conference, (OTC) 2013, which will be held in Houston, TX from May 6-9, 2013. We invite you to be a member of the second annual delegation to OTC. (OTC Invitation) Our “International Buyer Program” is a vehicle for businessmen from the Sultanate of Oman to meet with American companies exhibiting in the world’s largest and most influential event catering to the offshore and onshore oil and gas upstream industry. To register kindly complete and return the registration form. For further information please contact Ida Mathew.
Webinar on Opportunities in Oman’s Growing Healthcare Sector - Feb. 26
We invite you to participate in the next webinar in the State Department’s sector-specific “Direct Line to U.S. Business” series. The online videoconference is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 from 11:00 to 12:00 EST (20:00-2100 local Muscat time) and will focus on opportunities in Oman’s growing healthcare sector.
With billions of dollars in spending planned for medical cities in Salalah and Muscat, as well as specialized hospitals and clinics throughout the country, American companies are well-positioned to offer a winning value proposition of skill transfer, cutting edge technology, and long-term investment partnerships to help develop needed specialties in Oman, such as transplant, kidney, cancer, and diabetes centers; genetic and blood disorder diagnostics and management; as well as emergency response capabilities, information technology solutions, and human resource development.
U.S. Embassy Muscat’s Chargé d’Affaires Laura Malenas will host the call. We are pleased to announce that the Director General of Planning at the Ministry of Health, the Honorable Dr. Ahmed Qasmi is also confirmed as a participating speaker on the call, as well as Dr. Naeema Aziz, Project Director for Apex Medical Group’s new Salalah Medical City. U.S. Embassy Commercial staff and Faris al-Farsi, Director General for Investment Promotion at Oman’s Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development, will provide information on doing business under the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement. To be confirmed: Dr. Hamad, Senior Consultant, Al Nadha Hospital, for a short presentation on opportunities in the dental sector. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions directly to presenters.
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Omani Trade Delegation to Arab Health 2013
The Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Muscat is organizing an official delegation to Arab Health 2013, January 28-31, 2013 in Dubai, UAE. We invite you to be a member of our third annual delegation from Oman. For further information about this mission, please contact: Ms. Ida Mathew, E-mail: MathewIS@state.gov, Tel: 968-2464-3784.
U.S. - Middle East Private Equity Trade Mission
The U.S. Department of Commerce is facilitating a U.S. financial services delegation to Oman on Feb. 6 featuring presentations and matchmaking with local fund managers and investors. Please find background in this promotional brochure. Details will be updated at: http://www.trademission.us/feb-3-muscat/ .
U.S. Trade Events
Through our International Buyer Program, we take you to major U.S. industry trade shows to meet pre-screened U.S. suppliers. From travel logistics to scheduled introductions and on-site business counseling, we strive to help you optimize your trade show experience.
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