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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Global Social Investing Council
Advances the practice of cross-border corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy on a global scale through continuous dialogue on latest trends, issues and solutions encountered, as well as inspiring practices.

Global Human Resources Council
Allows senior most global HR executives to discuss current challenges and trends regarding the strategic and structural management of their firm's multinational human resources. Members value the confidential dialogue, expert speakers and benchmarking.

Council on International Compensation and Benefits
Discussions focus on the policies and challenges connected with the salaries and benefits of international personnel, including local nationals as well as expatriates. Members value the confidential and high level dialogue that develops.

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StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Escaping the Global Economy's Holding Pattern

In 2016, the global economy will continue on a slow growth track for the fifth consecutive year, as mature economies continue to fly at a low altitude and emerging markets slow.

(StraightTalk®, November 2015)

The Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

Emerging markets have been underperforming over the last year, adding increased downside risks to the global growth outlook

(Economics Watch Reports, June 2015)

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The Conference Board Economics Watch® - Emerging Markets View
10 December, 2015 10:00 AM ET [10:00] (New York), 03:00 PM UTC [15:00]

Taking stock of the major trends in the emerging market economies in 2015, and key regional and country-specific risks for 2016. CPE credit available

Is Short-term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business?
05 April, 2016 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 01:00 PM UTC [13:00]

This webcast will discuss existing trends that are putting sustainable capitalism under pressure, the drivers of corporate short-termism, and suggestions for corporate executives, board members, and investors to consider when reviewing governance structures.

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The Conference Board Europe, Middle East & Africa Region

Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
6th floor B-1170
Brussels, Belgium

Contact: Rainer Schultheis
Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Telephone: +32 2 675 5405

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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  • Brazil 1.8%
  • China 0.6%
  • Euro Area 0.4%
  • France 0.1%
  • Germany 1.0%
  • India 1.2%
  • Japan 0.8%
  • Korea 1.2%
  • Mexico 0.2%
  • Spain 0.1%
  • U.K. 0.3%
  • U.S. 0.6%
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