In view of the outpouring of interest from businesspeople and the media that they encountered during their visits to North Africa this year, Bachir Mihoubi and Gordon Harnesberger are in the process of establishing a North African Business Council here.
Mr. Mihoubi, who is originally from Algeria and is an attorney with the local law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, and Mr. Harnesberger, president of Worldwide Marketing Corp., found that they were the subject of a stream of newspaper articles and radio and television interviews in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, which they visited again recently from Oct. 8 – Oct. 23.
The region of North Africa has 80 million people and U.S. companies enjoy amazing credibility there, Mr. Mihoubi told GlobalFax last week. As evidence of the outpouring of interest in the possibility of increasing business ties between North Africa and the Southeast, they collected the numerous clippings their trip generated and they have compiled them into a booklet.
The purpose of the council would be to assemble interested individuals in both regions and set up introductory meetings. The council also would organize lectures of interest to the members, provide information concerning possible business partners and organize trade missions.
Mr. Harnesberger, who has trading experience around the world, said that there was particular interest in North Africa to encourage U.S. companies in construction, foodstuffs, electronics, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals to consider investments in their countries.
He also said that representatives of U.S. companies willing to visit North Africa would find themselves viewed as a positive alternative to southern European traders and investors who traditionally have dominated these markets.
For more information about the council, Mr. Mihoubi may be reached by calling (404) 815-3500 or send a fax to (404) 685-6920.