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WinWin with the Gulf Cooperation Council
Fulfilling its Destiny
The protagonist of the stories is in fact destiny itself. Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini observations on themes of Arabian Nights tales
Photos - Doha: Each of the six countries in the GCC is different even if they do share many characteristics (and as advertised - Qtel phone service) in common. They must each be understood uniquely. (© Photo by Kennedy)
Business success in the GCC begins with understanding that each country has their own unique identity and that engaging a king, sultan or amir is different than engaging either a democracy or single party monolith. While personal relationships based on trust are important in all political systems, they are absolutely essential in the GCC. The region has a strong economic foundation based on rich resources and efficient business processes. The task of helping GCC nations provide employment opportunities for their generally young populations is made more challenging in some GCC countries by less efficient labor markets, lack of regulatory transparency and weak legal systems. The priority for a more diversified employment base has become even more urgent following the Arab Spring. All in all, the GCC provides rewarding opportunities for those willing to blend with the unique heritage of the region.
With rising demand for resources, the countries of Gulf Cooperation Council will continue to play an important role in the economy of tomorrow. Most GCC countries are focused on diversifying their economies away from a vulnerability to changing levels of commodity prices. Opportunities also exist to help the GCC nation's elevate their financial sectors to the top echelon of global standards. Companies willing and able to help the GCC achieve diversification can find ample rewards.
Mark Kennedy tailors his speeches specifically for Gulf Cooperation Council. Kennedy has visited the countries of the GCC frequently since his first visit in 2003, has traveled extensively throughout the regions meeting with business, political and academic leaders. Kennedy brings real world examples from his experience as a globally engaged business leader, U.S. Congressman and Professor to chart a path to WinWin with Gulf Cooperation Council.
Contact Mark Kennedy to speak for your university, association or company.
Teaching in the GCC
- HEC Paris in Doha- 2011
In the News - GCC
- November 7, 2012 Sky Arabia - What the U.S. Election means for the Gulf
- July 21, 2012: Wall Street Journal - Mideast Turmoil Complicates Romney's Trip - see article
Blog posts - GCC
- Prepare for the Unexpected
- Lessons from Mubarak
- Color of Money?
- Not So Smart Smart Phones
- HEC Paris in Doha
- True Quality What?