The government of Kuwait will spend billions of dollars to rebuild the war-torn country, and American companies are lining up to get a piece of the action, according to Montgomery County's Office of Economic Development.
To get information about the reconstruction program, send product data and proposals to the Kuwait Coordination and Follow-up Center, Dr. Al-Awadi, Director, 1510 H St. N.W., Third Floor, Washington D.C. 20005. Phone: (202) 508-0250 or (202) 508-0251.
Companies should contact the office initially by fax -- (202) 508-0280 -- and follow up by mail.
At this point, officials of the Kuwaiti government are making their own appointments. But contract opportunities will be published in Commerce Business Daily. To subscribe, call the U.S. Government Printing Office at (202) 783-3238.
Companies can also mail product and service literature to the U.S. Department of Commerce office in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. A file will be forwarded to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. That address: Mr. Carmine D'Alosio, Commercial Section, American Consulate General, Dhahran, APO New York 09616. Domestic postage may be used. The consulate's fax is 966/3-891-8332.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been awarded a $46 million contract by the Kuwaitis for damage assessment and emergency relief. Phone numbers: for architecture and engineering companies, Gary Kula at (703) 665-3798; for construction companies, Cecil Hutchison at (703) 665-3632; and for general supply firms, Pam Friested at (703) 665-3683.
Better 2nd quarter
Three-quarters of the members of the American Management Association reported that demand has fallen for their company's products and services during the recession, but 68 percent expect improvement in the second quarter.
Nearly 20 percent of the surveyed association members said the drop in demand has been "severe," according to a poll taken April 16-18. Another 56 percent of the members reported "some" drop in demand.
Small Business Week
To kick off National Small Business Week, Maryland is sponsoring an all-day conference on small and growing businesses in Baltimore May 6.
Workshops will cover financing, leadership, government contracting and effective sales. Georgette Mosbacher, CEO of La Prairie Inc. cosmetics company, will be the luncheon speaker. The conference will be held at the Omni International Hotel, and the cost is $95 per person. For more information, call 539-7730, ext. 115.