Fresh off the success of its inaugural conference and exhibition in Manama, Bahrain, the Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit announced new dates, a new location, and a new focus for its second year.

The next Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit will be hosted in Bangladesh on 21 and 22 November 2015, at the Dhaka International Convention Centre, with the 2015 edition of the regional economic conference set to spotlight investment opportunities in the Arab-Asian health sector—and scheduled to coincide with the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, one of the region’s largest scientific conferences, which will bring over 4,000 policymakers, government representatives, academics, clinicians, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and international agencies to Dhaka that week.

The summit will also be held in association with Partners in Population and Development (PPD), an intergovernmental alliance of 26 developing countries leading the promotion of South-South cooperation with a focus on reproductive health issues as a factor in sustainable development.  PPD has permanent observer status at the United Nations and diplomatic status in Bangladesh, and its member nations cover more than 57% of the world’s population.

“We are eager to facilitate an insightful exchange of ideas at the conference, in line with PPD’s aim to promote investments in the health sector of its 26 member countries,” said Dr. Joe Thomas, PPD’s executive director, at the announcement, heralding an early commitment and enthusiasm from the health sector.  The enthusiasm was matched by State Minister for Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, His Excellency Minister Zahid Maleque, MP, who welcomed the conference to Bangladesh on behalf of its Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, under whose patronage the 2015 summit will take place.

Roy Mathew, the summit’s executive co-chair, demonstrated a strong commitment to bringing the summit’s ethos of collaboration, entrepreneurship, and realizing potential to the health sector.  “Health is certainly a basic fundamental right of people across the globe, and it gives me great joy to see how the government of Bangladesh has embraced the philosophy of the summit to promote enhancements of facilities in the health sector through foreign investment opportunities,” he said.  “We are hopeful that this summit will open a vast horizon of trade and commerce both for Asia and the Arab world.”

That goal was strongly in mind throughout the announcement of the 2015 summit. “After the successful completion of the 2014 summit in Bahrain, the next summit in Bangladesh will hopefully serve to strengthen cross-border partnerships that have been initiated at the event and truly fulfill the summit’s goal of creating opportunities for regionz zal businesses to share insights and forge…partnerships across the entire Arab-Asian region,” said the summit’s chair, Her Highness Shaikha Noora bint Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa—reminding all attendees of the summit’s broader economic goals for the Arab-Asian region, and that the Arab-Asian Business Partnership Summit’s work has just begun.