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The Conference Board offers valuable insights into how the Middle East fits within the global economy. A major recent report - "Managing Beyond Oil" - reviews productivity in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and outlines the implications for companies.

The Middle East Business Leaders' Council, formed in 1999, convenes local business leaders who are Associates of The Conference Board with representatives of multinational enterprises to discuss regional issues.

Researchers from The Conference Board make regular presentations in the region about corporate governance, human resources and economic development issues. We provide the opportunity for companies to understand this complex, fast-changing region and will tailor individual programmes to suit specific corporate requirements.

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Peer Networks

Emerging Markets Corporate Compliance and Ethics Council
This council provides invaluable opportunities for senior compliance and ethics executives in Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets to exchange experiences, access relevant research and expertise.

Publications

25 Truths about Joint Ventures

More and more, companies are looking to joint ventures: to help topline growth, allay local fears about loss of intellectual property to foreign competitors, and to help companies enter new international markets. 

(Conference KeyNotes, April 2017)

30 Truths about Cybersecurity

There are two kinds of companies: those that have been hacked and those that don’t know it yet. Cyber risk is not just an IT concern, but a crucial business issue.

(Conference KeyNotes, April 2017)

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Webcasts

Sustainable Procurement — Lessons from Leading Companies
October 23, 2018 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 01:00 PM UTC [13:00]

Join us for this webcast as we discuss and present the findings from our latest research on Sustainable Procurement – Lessons from Leading Companies. CPE credit available

Customer-Centricity: Developing a Customer-Obsessed Culture
November 20, 2018 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

Join us for this webcast as guest speaker Stuart Crawford-Browne, a regular judge of the UK Customer Experience Awards, shares his insights on how developing a customer-obsessed culture can help achieve competitive advantage.

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Blogs

Executive Series: The “Creative” Dilemma
Creativity is important to developing new ideas and opportunities, but certain corporate cultures can stifle it. Employees have a responsibility to exercise their own creativity for the benefit of themselves and the business. In communications, creativity should be nurtured in three areas in particular: writing, uncovering stories, and ideation. If companies want to promote new ideas and opportunities, being open to employees’ creativity is a good start. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, October 2018)

Nonprofit Board Experience Develops Employees for Leadership
Eighty percent of people who serve on nonprofit boards describe themselves as better leaders, the result of developing skills like board governance, networking, strategic planning, and communication. By supporting meaningful leadership and community engagement, companies that promote nonprofit board service help to grow employees’ value to the company. (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, October 2018)

eBay Revitalizing Main Street by Helping Small Businesses Thrive Locally and Sell Globally
Retail is increasingly online, but nearly 75 percent of small businesses don’t have any e-commerce presence and less than 2 percent export, making it difficult for them to thrive in local—sometimes depressed—markets. Retail Revival, a new initiative from eBay, helps small businesses in Akron, OH, Lansing, MI, and Wolverhampton, UK, take their products to the global market. Retail Revival is a community program that draws on the strengths of the company—an example other companies could follow. (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, October 2018)

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The Conference Board Europe, Middle East & Africa Region

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Contact: Rainer Schultheis
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Business Perspectives

The Conference Board offers Business Perspectives in Europe across a broad range of topics for executives from different functions.

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Leading Economic Index for:

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  • Brazil 1.6%
  • China 0.7%
  • Euro Area 0.4%
  • France 0.1%
  • Germany 0.2%
  • Global 0.6%
  • India 1.2%
  • Japan 0.7%
  • Korea 0.4%
  • Mexico 0.8%
  • Spain 0.7%
  • U.K. 0.2%
  • U.S. 0.4%
  • International Labor Comparisons:
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  • Productivity:
  • Visit Total Economy Database™ website
  • Global Economic Outlook:
  • Visit Global Economic Outlook website