West Michigan’s competitive edge as leading manufacturers and tradesmen will serve it well in the burgeoning Middle Eastern market, and experts are standing by, ready to help companies cash in on some of the $1.6 trillion dollars waiting to be invested in equipment, knowledge, and technology West Michigan companies can provide.
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A few western Michigan companies have discovered new markets in the Middle East. More could -- demand is strong and there is a lot of professional help locally to expand sales in that region.
"There are more than $1.6 trillion dollars to spend by just the six Gulf Countries on various projects where American countries can produce equipment, knowhow, technology and products," said Abdul Quader Shaikh, senior international economist for the trade information center of the federal Department of Commerce.
Saudi Arabian business people who hosted Dixie Anderson and other members of the National World Affairs Council in December repeatedly asked about plastics, Anderson said. The Kingdom, as Saudi Arabia often is called, also is in a construction boom.
"They're building five cities from scratch," said Anderson, executive director of the World Affairs Council Western Michigan in Grand Rapids.
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