The Atlanta conference, entitled “Saudi Arabia: Industrial Hub of the Middle East,” will provide an updated image of the Saudi economy for those who may be unaware of the country’s economic advances, according to  Hisham Araim, chairman of the board of the Arab-American Business & Professional Association (ABPA).

Mr. Araim, chairman and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based Universal Investment & Manufacturing Co., has been a prime mover in bringing the region’s diverse Arab community together to form the regional business group and to support Arabic cultural activities.

 The conference is supported by the local ABPA, leading U.S.-Arab business groups and 15 local chambers of commerce, federal agencies and international business organizations.  AT&T, Coca-Cola, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and NationsBank are corporate sponsors.

R.A. Taylor & Associates, an international management consulting firm specializing in international business strategy, is the local coordinator for the conference which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta downtown Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-13.

 Its president, Rodney Taylor, pointed to the high volume of ATM usage in Saudi Arabia as an example of its people’s “technological literacy.”  He also encouraged local businesspeople to attend because of the extensive opportunities for establishing joint ventures with Saudi Arabian companies.

For more information, call R.A. Taylor & Associates at (404) 913-0355; fax (404) 913-0958.