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MESSAGE FROM - THE LATE BJBFS PRESIDENT - MR. MUBARAK JASSIM KANOO

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 It gives me great pleasure to warmly welcome you to the Website of The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society’s (BJBFS). It is intended that the Website be update on a regular basis and will primarily serve to keep members informed of the Society’s activities, in addition to news and items of interest to both the Bahraini community and the Japanese community.

The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS), has been established with the aims of strengthening friendly relations and understanding between the people of Bahrain and Japan, and encouraging cooperative relationships in economic, cultural, sports, tourism and scientific fields.

I look forward to the active participation of all members of the Society, in achieving its aims and developing ever closer and warmer relations between the people of our two great Countries.

MESSAGE FROM - THE BJBFS PRESIDENT MR. NASSER Al ARAYEDH

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The Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS) has encountered successful years, since its inauguration in August 2008.  The Society has seen a tremendous increase in its activities, whether they are social, economical, cultural, or scientific and has played its major part in bridging the gap between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan. We are happy to say that the Society has reached its objectives set for its first three years.

An ambitious strategy is being planned for the Society in the coming year which will take it to a new stage in its development. Committees headed by leading members have been set up for different sectors,each with its own objectives and strategies and all having a common aim of more understanding and cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Japan, for the benefits of both.

The success of the Society, of which the Website and its contents are a part of, could not have been possible without the support of the Society’s President, BOARD Members, Members, Administration, Government Ministries in Bahrain, Embassy of Japan in The Kingdom of Bahrain, Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain in Japan.

We thank everyone who supported us and encourage those who have strong trading links with Japan to join us as Members.

MESSAGE FROM - THE FORMER BJBFS HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION MS. NANCY KHEDOURI

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The year 2009 was perhaps one of the most challenging. The BJBFS Administration was heavily impacted by the preparations leading up to the travel agenda for its First Delegation visiting Japan, as well as ensuring brochures and supplement booklets along with a Delegation’s Directory were sent to The Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain in Japan, well in advance, before the arrival of its high-profile Delegation. The main focus was on visiting Private and Public sector organizations and to ensure the smoothness of the entire trip. By God’s grace, it was a fruitful trip and good progress was achieved. BJBFS Administration thanks all the Delegates for their active participation and looks forward to their continued support in future.

Each year continues to bring about various activities.  The Year 2012 was heavily impacted by the preparations leading up to an Official Delegation’s visit to Tokyo, similar to the Society’s Delegation during 2009, only this time, it was even more special. During April 2012, BJBFS Delegation were honoured to be part of an Official Delegation, Headed by His Majesty King Hamad. 

On the side-lines of the historical visit, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed which included an MOU between BJBFS and its respective counter-part – The Japan-Bahrain Economic Cooperation Association (JBECA). A successful Economic Forum and Exhibition took place where many BJBFS Members and Friends of the Society participated.

Preparations re. celebrations marking the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations are in progress and BJBFS looks forward to welcome its Counter-part Society, Japan-Bahrain Economic Cooperation Association (JBECA) during their visit to The Kingdom of Bahrain very soon as their visit is further to the reap of the success of His Majesty’s historic trip to Tokyo.

BJBFS is blessed to have the full cooperation, support and generous contributions from leading Bahraini Organizations such as, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company B.S.C. © (GPIC) and Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. © (BAPCO) who support its events.

BJBFS conveys its gratitude to H.E. Dr. Hassan Fakhro – Minister of Industry & Commerce and his hardworking team at the Ministry, who were one of the main Coordinators of the Forum and Exhibition, along with H.E. Dr. Khalil Hassan – Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain to Tokyo and Embassy officials, along with the respective Japanese Organizations who were also part of the main Coordination team. BJBFS Administration thanks all the Delegates for their active participation and looks forward to their continued support in future. After the fruitful trip to Tokyo, we look forward to continued progress by way of implementing the terms and conditions of the respective MOUs, to further enhance strengthening bilateral relations.

Sincere appreciation is extended to all those who continue to assist in driving forward the various initiatives of the Society, especially from The Embassy of Japan in The Kingdom of Bahrain, The Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain in Japan, all BJBFS  BOARD Members and respective Heads of BJBFS Committees, who come out to serve the Society as whole benefits..

ABOUT THE SOCIETY

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The Society was previously known as The Bahrain-Japan Friendship Society (BJFS) and the official announcement was was published by The Ministry of Social Development in The Official Gazette, on August 21st, 2008.

Recently, The Ministry of Social Developement approved the Society\'s request to have its name changed to The Bahrain-Japan Business & Friendship Society (BJBFS).  The announcement was published in The Official Gazette, Issue # 3015, dated September 1st, 2011.

BJBFS remains an independent, non-political, non-discriminatory, non-profit organization.  All the Directors and BOARD Members serve voluntarily. 

The Society was founded in 2008 by leading Bahraini businessmen as well as Japanese businessmen who were residing at the time, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. To-date, Members of The BJBFS include leaders in the business world, large industrial enterprises, banks, securities companies and business associations.

The vision of The BJBFS is to become a leading impact player in strengthening ties and enhancing the interest of its members, to cooperate and fulfill the Society’s objectives.

Since its establishment, the Society organizes and participates in various events, many of which include local events under the Patronage of various Ministers, dinner receptions at prestigious venues, invitations extended to leading Japanese and Bahraini dignitaries, notable speakers to deliver landmark speeches on different topics, cultural performance for all to enjoy, as well as delegations to and from Japan.

The BJBFS aims to further expand its activities in all spheres and also comprises of a number of Advisory Committees, to help strengthen ties in various fields such as, Industrial & Commercial, Educational, Banking & Finance, Events & Culture, Youth programmes, Business Development and Energy & Environment issues.

The BJBFS aims to constantly develop new areas of its Committees, to further enhance bilateral ties between Japan and The Kingdom of Bahrain.

BJBFS BOARD MEMBERS

MOTTO OF THE BAHRAIN - JAPAN BUSINESS & FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (BJBFS)

“BUSINESS THROUGH FRIENDSHIP”

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART OF THE SOCIETY

  • PRESIDENT

  • DEPUTY PRESIDENT

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • COMMITTEES

  • ADMINISTRATION

  • BJBFS HONORARY MEMBERS

  • BJBFS CORPORATE & INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

BJBFS COMMITTEES

  • THE BANKING & FINANCE COMMITTEE
  • THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
  • THE EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE
  • THE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTE
  • THE EVENTS & CULTURE COMMITTEE
  • THE YOUTH COMMMITTEE

FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BJFS

  • Y.B.A. KANOO W.L.L.

  • ALARAYEDH GROUP HOLDINGS W.L.L.

  • ALUMINIUM BAHRAIN (ALBA)

  • A.RAHMAN & E.M. AJOOR & CO.

  • ALZU’BI ATTORNEYS & LEGAL CONSULTANTS

  • DEEKO, BAHRAIN

  • EBRAHIM K. KANOO W.L.L.

  • KEWALRAM & SONS CO. W.L.L.

  • KOBE STEEL LTD.

  • ROUBEN’S STORE

  • THE BANK OF TOKYO-MITSUBISHI UFJ, LTD. (BTMU)

  • TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

  • NOMURA INVESTMENT BANKING (MIDDLE EAST) B.S.C. (C)

  • YOKOGAWA MIDDLE EAST B.S.C (C)

OFFICE MANAGER

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