The Chairman reiterated for his audience the Group s strategy in Kuwait. We will keep on focusing on corporates and high net worth individuals, he said. We will be mobilising all the resources of our Group in order to meet the expectations raised by the opening of this attractive and promising market to international banks.

On 4 April, Pébereau met the country s highest authorities: Kuwait s Emir, H.H. Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar Al-Sabah, and the Prime Minister, H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. He also met high-level ministers and a number of the Bank s major clients.

The Chairman s final stop on his trip was Qatar, where he had an audience with the Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar, H.R.H. Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and met several members of the government. A reception was held, to which the Bank s major clients and several senior members of government were invited, as well as the Bank s staff. During his address, Michel Pébereau underlined the Bank s commitment to the country. BNP Paribas aims to enlarge and develop its presence and its activities to further participate in Qatar s booming economy, he said.

Kuwait s Emir H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah meets Michel Pébereau in Paris

In November 2006, Kuwait Emir H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah flew to Paris on an official visit intended to further relations between Kuwait and France, marking the Emir s first official visit to Europe since his reign began in 2006.

The Emir was welcomed at BNP Paribas headquarters by Michel Pébereau, who reiterated how proud BNP Paribas was to have been chosen as the first foreign bank authorised to set up in Kuwait. The Chairman expressed his appreciation for the trust the Emir had placed in BNP Paribas.

Jean Lemierre s visits span the region

The Middle East s important position in the Bank s global strategy was underlined once again in 2009, when Jean Lemierre, Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas, visited the region twice. On his first trip, in April, he met with regulators and government officials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

Jean Lemierre followed this with another trip in November, that took him to the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he met top regulators. He also returned to Kuwait and Abu Dhabi and visited Dubai and Qatar, where he met with H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and Vice Chairman and CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority, as well as senior ministers and regulators.






Jacques d Estais meets with high-level officials in the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Jacques d Estais, Head of Investment Solutions, visited the Gulf on a regular basis for the better half of the last decade to build upon and strengthen the Group s long-term relations with government officials and clients, some of his visits are highlighted below.

In July 2008, he visited both the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain alongside the UAE, where he met with a range of senior government officials and regulators. He returned to the region in both 2010 and 2011, to continue high level discussions with senior officials and clients in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The following year in September 2012, he returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to meet with regulators, key clients, local management and staff.

In April 2013, he visited the region to meet with key clients and government stakeholders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. He also attended the Bank s 12th Annual MEA Forum, in the Kingdom of Bahrain a key regional event, which included a range of high-profile guests and speakers. He also participated in discussions with H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain and senior officials and dignitaries.

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