Dr. Mustafa Alani and Dr. Christian Koch met with Mr. Yutaka Kase, President and CEO of the Sojitz Cooperation in the GRC offices. Mr. Kase was accompanied by Mr. Shuhei Inoue, President and CEO for Middle East and Africa, Mr. Tomoyuki Hirose of the Sojitz Secretariat and Ms. Mayu Menjo, Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator in the Middle East and Africa office. They discussed the regional situation following the protest in Egypt, the prospects for business development throughout the Gulf region and the broader Middle East, and the Gulf-Africa relationship particularly as it related to concerns over food security.
A delegation from the National Defense University of Jordan, headed by the University President visited the GRC for briefing on the regional developments.
Dr. Mustafa Alani and Dr. Christian Koch met with Fanus Schoeman, Consul-General of the Republic of South Africa in Dubai, to discuss developments in Lebanon, the impact of the events in Tunisia, the outcome of the Gulf-Africa Investment Forum organized by the Gulf Research Center in December 2010 in Riyadh, and the prospects for an event on South Africa-Gulf relations. Also present at the meeting was Simon Mmutle, Vice-Consul, Shakira Motan, Consul for Economic Affairs and Maqbool Moos, Counsellor at the Embassy of South Africa in Abu Dhabi.
Richard G. Newell, Administrator for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), visited the Gulf Research Center to discuss development in the world energy markets and the respective policies of the Gulf states. He was accompanied by Michael Brake, an Industry Economist with the EIA and David Carbajal, Economic Officer with the US consulate in Dubai. At the GRC, the visitors met with Dr. Mustafa Alani and Dr. Christian Koch.
Dr. Mustafa Alani and Dr. Christian Koch met today with Tsutomu Nakagawa, Director of the Second Middle East Division in the Middle Eastern and African Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Mariko Hayashi of the same division to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and Iran and the possible role that Japan could play regarding these issues. The visitors were accompanied by Consul Kenji Saito.
Dr. Christian Koch, Director for International Studies met with H.E. Luigi Narbone, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the GRC offices to discuss recent development in EU-GCC relations and the status of the al-Jisr project on EU-GCC Public Diplomacy which the GRC is heading.