Cablegate: Bahrain: Bmena Forum for the Future Demarche And
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UNCLAS MANAMA 001781
DEPARTMENT FOR NEA/ARPI AND NEA/PI
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECON EFIN ETRD KDEM PREL KMPI BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: BMENA FORUM FOR THE FUTURE DEMARCHE AND
POWELL LETTER DELIVERED
REF: A. STATE 251371
B. CUTRONA/RUBIN EMAIL 11/24
C. STATE 250470
1. (U) On November 28 Embassy Manama delivered the letter
from Secretary Powell regarding the Forum for the Future
meeting on December 11 (reftel A) to Foreign Minister Sheikh
Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa via diplomatic note.
2. (U) As requested in reftel C, EconOff reviewed the status
of the two discussion papers for the Forum for the Future
meeting that the GOB has committed to prepare with relevant
Ministry of Finance and National Economy (MOFNE) officials.
Yousif Humoud, MOFNE Director of Economic Planning, confirmed
that MOFNE Minister Saif had no substantive comment on the
Beyster Institute's paper on the Entrepreneurship Center (as
reported via email reftel B). Humoud added that MOFNE was
working hard in order to get this paper to the Moroccans
before the November 30 deadline. Financial Advisor to the
Minister Vivian Brown is now drafting the GOB's discussion
paper on the Network of Funds. On November 27 EconOff passed
to Brown a copy of the November 26 fax from Treasury U/S
Taylor to Minister Saif that included three documents:
"Moving forward with the Network of Funds," "Concept paper
for the Network of Funds," and "Update on consultation on the
Network of Funds." Per Treasury's email request post also
faxed a copy of those documents directly to Saif's office.