GHM Chairman pays a visit
to Pakistan and meets with President Musharraf
In December 2003, the
Chairman of General Mediterranean Holding, Mr Nadhmi Auchi, paid a
three-day visit to Pakistan at the invitation of the Chief Minister of
Punjab, Mr Pervez Elahi and the President of the Pakistan Muslim League,
Mr Chaudry Shujat Hussain. Mr Auchi arrival at Lahore Airport from India
was recorded as the first flight arrival after the lifting of the flight
restrictions between India and Pakistan.
Mr Auchi and his accompanying GMH executives, Mr Arif Husain and Dr
Charles Panayides were met at Allama Iqbal Airport by the Chief Minister
of Punjab, the Leader of the Pakistan Muslim League and the Federal
Minister for Health, Mr Nasir Khan, and were escorted to the Punjab
After the welcoming luncheon and reception hosted by the Government of
Punjab, Mr Auchi was given a brief tour of Pakistanís cultural city of
Lahore, during which he had the opportunity to visit the historic Lahore
Fort and the famous Badshahi Mosque - both built by the Mogul emperors.
In the evening, a banquet took place organised by the Chief Minister in
honour of Mr Auchi. The event was attended by over 150 guests,
including provincial and federal ministers from across Pakistan as well
as other distinguished personalities from the Government and the
business community of Punjab.
The following day, Mr Auchi and his executives accompanied by Pakistanís
Federal Minister for Health, Mr Nasir Khan, travelled to Karachi where
they met with The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His
Excellency General Pervez Musharraf. The one-hour meeting with President
Musharraf covered the wide-ranging activities of General Mediterranean
Holding and the business opportunities that Pakistan has to offer to the
group. The Pakistani President expressed his keen interest to see
General Mediterranean Holding invest in the economy of his country and
guaranteed a 25% rate of return on investment.
In the evening, Mr Auchi was a guest of honour at a dinner in Islamabad
hosted by the President of the Pakistan Muslim League, Mr Chaudry Shujat
Hussain. Following dinner, Mr Auchi was invited to the Prime Ministerís
residence in Islamabad for a private meeting with the former Prime
Minister of Pakistan, Mr Zufarullah Khan Jamali.
On the last day of the visit to Pakistan, a trip was organised to the
hilltop resort of Murree, where a lunch was given in honour of Mr Auchi.
Following lunch, Mr Auchi and his executives left for Islamabad airport
where they were met by the Minster of Finance Mr Shawkat Aziz, who is at
present is the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Prime Minister of Bulgaria
holds talks with GMH Chairman
On 9 December 2003, The
Prime Minister of Bulgaria and the countryís former King, His Excellency
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha received Mr Nadhmi Auchi, Chairman of General
Mediterranean Holding at the Council of Ministers in central Sofia.
Discussions were held concerning the opportunities for the GMH group to
invest in Bulgaria especially in the industrial and tourist sectors.
Mr Auchi also held separate
meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, HE Mrs
Lydia Shouleva and later with the Bulgarian Minister of Finance, HE Mr
President of Lebanon
officially opens GMH Groupís Le Royal Hotel
The official opening of
General Mediterranean Holdingís new landmark hotel in the Lebanese
capital, Le Royal Hotel in Beirut, was officially opened on 8 August
2003 in the presence and under the patronage of The President of
Lebanon, His Excellency General Emile Lahoud.
The magnificent building spreads over 35,000 sqm, and features 380 rooms
including 128 luxurious suites and has a unique view overlooking the
sea. The countryís leading five-star hotel also offers a wide range of
facilities for business, conferences and leisure as well as exquisite
cuisine for the finest connoisseurs. The hotel also encompasses a huge
Watergate leisure complex. Le Royal in Beirut is a Member of the Leading
Hotels of the World.
For the first time in Lebanon, prime ministers, ministers, senators,
ambassadors, foreign dignitaries and distinguished businessmen from
across Europe, North America and the Arab world participated in what
turned out to be a truly unique and exceptional event in the Pearl
Ballroom of the newly opened hotel.
The reception commenced with an opening speech by Mr Ramsay Al Najjar
followed by a poetry reading by the Jordanian Minister of Culture, His
Excellency Mr Haidar Mahmoud. The Chairman of General Mediterranean
Holding, Mr Nadhmi Auchi, warmly welcomed all his guests and introduced
them to the exclusive hotel.
Later, The President of the Republic unveiled the commemorative plate
formally opening Le Royal Hotel in Beirut, which was followed by a huge
firework display and impressive laser show which illuminated the sky
above. The guests were then entertained at a splendid Gala Dinner by the
Orientals Dance Company choreographed by Elissar Caracalla, and by the
famous Lebanese singers Wadih Al Safi and Ragheb Alameh.
King of Bahrain welcomes GHM
Chairman at the Royal Palace in Bahrain
On 1 February 2003, His
Majesty King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain received the Chairman
of General Mediterranean Holding, Mr Nadhmi Auchi, at the Royal Palace
in Manama. During the private audience, His Majesty expressed his
delight at receiving Mr Auchi and offered his support for Bahrain to
engage with General Mediterranean Holding in exploring the prospects of
the groupís investment in the Gulf state.
Mr Nadhmi Auchi expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to His
Majesty and to HRH Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Bin Hamed Al-Khalifa for
their continued encouragement and support for foreign investments in
Mr Auchi emphasised that Bahrainís free economy & political stability
play an essential role in establishing the required confidence for
foreign investors and acknowledged that the current facilities and
opportunities, which the country provides for investors are equivalent
to those in Europe.