The reinvention of Bahrain's start-up sector

May 30, 2018




Simon Galpin, managing director of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, on how Bahrain has attracted business ranging from fintech start-ups to Amazon Web Services



Tell us about the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)


The EDB was set up in 2000 to be a catalyst for helping Bahrain diversify away from oil and gas into new emerging sectors, and also to help drive government reform to ensure that Bahrain remains business friendly. But in the last couple of years we’ve moved toward becoming a more traditional investment promotion agency.

We work with companies around the world, attracting them to Bahrain, helping them through that journey and supporting them through the process of setting up or, if they’re already in Bahrain, helping them t